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Old 02-14-2014, 11:04 AM
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With today's engines, there is no need for warm up at regular, decent temperatures. Different alloys, different oils, much lower tolerances, are making a difference. Nowadays all manufactures recommend to warm up the engine while driving and they recommend against idling. The engine warms up much faster when driving, thus getting in a closed loop mode much faster. This translates into a much better mpg rate, longer cat life, lower pollution. longer engine life. The engine will be in an open look till it gets to a proper running temperature.
However, at the crazy -30s we have been getting lately, I do give it a few minutes (2-3, tops) without any load to make sure all the parts are well lubricated. Don't run it hard for the first few miles and you are set
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Motor Oil is its thickest on start up. This is where most of the wear will occur on the engine normally. Oil is designed to protect at normal operating temperatures. Yes it protects some what during start up but not nearly as good as it does if its warmed up. Im not saying sit and wait until its fully warm as I personally wait until the needle moves up from when it starts and then I go.
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