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Old 01-13-2012, 12:17 PM
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In the winter, I always let my vehicles run for a minute or two before driving off. Living in Canada where the temperatures in my area can easily hit -40 or colder with the wind chill, I feel this is important to allow the oil to properly circulate in the engine. I also always put the tranny in Drive and let it sit in Drive for a few seconds before backing up. Not sure if this is still required on newer vehicles but a Tranny Shop Owner once told me years ago that this really helps the life of an Auto Tranny as the Tranny Oil Pump does not work in reverse so an immediate back-up would not circulate oil properly.
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Not sure if this is still required on newer vehicles but a Tranny Shop Owner once told me years ago that this really helps the life of an Auto Tranny as the Tranny Oil Pump does not work in reverse so an immediate back-up would not circulate oil properly.
Just an FYI this is incorrect. If the engine is running (and everything is working properly), then the engine turns the flywheel which turns the torque converter which turns the trans oil pump, so it doesn't matter what gear you're in, it is pumping.
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Thanks to all !

Like some of you, I do put it in gear upon startup and just hold the brake while waiting, both to flow transmission fluid as well as bring down initial rpms. But if covered with ice/snow, I chicken out and wait in the house for a few minutes.

Sean, the Harley is injected, and rpms do drop very quickly. While I never ride below 60 degrees, that diet of 20w50 is a thick pour and I like to feel a warm crankcase platecover. My ancient vette though,...just like you said.

Condensation, contaminants and other byproducts: Short trips in cold weather are a fact of life for probably many of us. Possible diluted
oil?....yes, but I recently read that only about 30 minutes of continuous driving once per month generates sufficient heat to drive off any buildup of contaminants.

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I always hit the remote start as I'm walking toward my truck so it is idled down by time I get in and buckle up. In the winter, I warm it up for a short while to ensure the oil is flowing easily in both the engine and trans, then drive moderately for the first few minutes. Unless I'm being a suck about the cold, or the windows are frosted badly on the inside, I never let it warm up for more than about 2 minutes in -30deg temps.
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i usually hit the remot start before i go out in winter but im off and driving before the first 15 min run time is up
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winter time i let the remote start go for about 5mins, then get in it and go, my harley i coast down the drive way, fire it up, granted its fuel injected but with 583 lift cams, head work and high compression its still real stumbly till fully warmed up, but i idle up the road to the stop sign where the main road is and sit for an extra few minutes. my end of the street i got all the old crotchy people live around me. the durango use to piss them off. custom 3 inch exhaust and single chamber flowmaster.
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i usually warm it up a few minutes in the winter to help take the "cold" out of the cab area, i like it warm when i get in and drive. with symthetic oil in it shouldnt the oil be circulating almost immediately? so for me its just to get into a warm cab
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My 98 GMC with 225,000 miles on it needs to warm up in cold weather for about 5 min to get rid of a knock, then its fine (lifter ticking?). In warmer weather (above 3 degrees Celsius) I just warm it up for about 1-2 minute before I drive off, keeping the revs low for the first 5 minutes or so.
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^yeah most likely a lifter. Once my s10 hit 200,000 miles it developed a lifter tick on cold mornings, it would go away after a minute.
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