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Old 12-03-2019, 11:56 AM   #27
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Seems like a lot of people don't like reading what the actual question is... or maybe just misunderstand based on what the typical question is...

Anyways; this is a very typical problem/question for people working outdoors in winter in remote places in Canada. Most of the time I've been in these situations it's with rental cars, but also 99% of the locals who have their own cars let their own cars/trucks idle if they need to so I've come across this situation quite a bit. Also had this issue a couple of times during winter road closures. Longer idling doesn't seem to cause any issues, as long as you do proper maintenance and give it a decent running after you've done the idling.

I personally try to avoid unnecessary idling, mostly because... it's too wasteful and polluting. By that I mean I can let it idle for ~5/10 mins if needed, but anything longer and I try to look for a better alternative... go find somewhere to do the work where it's less brutal, wear jacket/gloves inside the car, heat the car then turn it off for a while, park in the sun, go outside and move or find sun to stay warmer, etc etc.
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