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Old 10-22-2000, 09:09 AM   #1
kevinsUBARU
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Question Do you let your Subie warm up?

Ok, here is one of my first, really legitimate questions on this board
Ok, when I turn my Impreza on in the morning, it idles at 1,500 from a cold start. I usually let it sit for a few minutes untill it reaches 1,000. Then by the time I reach the stop sign at the end of my road it is 500. So my question is: Is it ok to let it warm up? I just like to do it to ensure that the oil gets warm (or am I totally off base with that?) Sometimes I dont pull off the side of the driveway enough and I have to move it so my dad can get out of the garage. Now he has to get going, so I start it and back it up immediately. I hate doing this....so am I just being anal about something that isnt worth being anal about!?!? Thanks so much,
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Old 10-22-2000, 10:10 AM   #2
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i let mine warm up in the morning but thats because i like being warm
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Old 10-22-2000, 10:14 AM   #3
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In warmer months, I give it around 30 seconds to a minute. Colder, a minute or more.

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Old 10-22-2000, 01:40 PM   #4
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Something else to consider. When you start your Scooby - the oil pressure is cranking at 90-100psi. This is "normal" and will stay there until the car warms up. Because I live so close to the highway. I give her a few seconds to warm up, then gently put down the street, hop on the highway, and gently accelerate up to 70MPH. It isn't until I get to Massachusetts - that I need to use 3rd gear, and pass anyone. By that time, my oil pressure is down in the 60's, telling me she's "ready to go". - Kris

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Old 10-22-2000, 03:17 PM   #5
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Like the other guys have said,
I too let her warm up, actualy i literaly start her up, put down the e-brake and let her roll out of the garage without putting it in gear...just to give her some time, when it's warm, about 30 seconds
if it's cool about 1 1/2 min
if it's cold about 5 min
Yes i even time it,
I guess i really like her

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Old 10-22-2000, 04:44 PM   #6
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From what I have heard, warming your car up for more than 30 seconds is a waste of gas. Not sure how true it is.

Here is what I do...
Warm it up for about 30 seconds (by the time I get in, throw all my crap in for the day, get comfy, buckle the seatbelt, its been about 30 seconds).

Then I slowly back up, and pull out the driveway. Basically I don't go about 3K rpm until its warm. And that is about the time I get on the higway, so all works out well for me.

Like others said, don't redline line it/drive hard till its all warmed up!
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Old 10-22-2000, 05:17 PM   #7
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i always let my car warm up until the temp gauge is somewhere in the "operating" temp. range. then i go, and i don't run the engine high until it's at full op. temperature. so, you're not the only anal one. but remember, you can't be anal if you don't have an anus (Dogma)
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Old 10-22-2000, 08:27 PM   #8
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Excessive idling (ie more than 15-30sec) to warm up the car is actually bad for it. You want to get the car up to normal operating temperature as quickly, but gently, as possible. Idling it is not the way to do that. What you should do is what webkris, boom, and breaka19 said - short idle (no more than 30sec) to get the oil circulating through the engine, then get on the road and drive gently until the car is at NOT (nuke submariner abbreviation for "normal operating temperature "). Actually driving the car will get the fluids to NOT much quicker than idling, and as long as you don't over-rev it during that warm-up you won't damage anything. I've read this in a number of automotive advice columns in various papers, and in atleast one of the major car magazines, probably more than one.

Some high end cars (I think it's Mercedes, but it may be BMW) actually have a moving redline to assist in engine warmup. When the engine is cold the redline will show up at 4000rpm, and as the fluids begin to get warmer the redline gradually moves around the tach until everything is at NOT and the redline is at its "normal" location. Purty cool - wish I could remember which vehicle does this.

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Old 10-23-2000, 12:26 AM   #9
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Your not being anal at all. But you don't really have to worry about moving it when its stone cold either. The new cars with the fuel injection are fine to move when they are cold, I just wouldn't reccomend red lining it until the temp reaches the normal operating range. Letting it wam up is good to do.
Hope this helps a bit
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Old 10-23-2000, 02:40 AM   #10
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patrick it is the lexus that has the moving rev limiter
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Old 10-23-2000, 05:13 AM   #11
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I also think the new M-series BMWs have the moving redline also.
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Old 10-23-2000, 08:50 AM   #12
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I let mine warm up until the frost is gone off of my windshield.
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Old 10-23-2000, 04:37 PM   #13
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I thought that was what I said.

Pat - I don't even WANT to know what "normal operating temp" is on one of those bad boys.
Let'me guess - It's in Kelvin, isn't it - Kris
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Old 10-24-2000, 12:48 AM   #14
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