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How long do you let your car warm up?

Just wondering.. In the morning or if I havent driven it in half the day I usually let it run for a minute or two until I hear the engine quiet down and the rpm's lower to idle.

What about you guys?
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Just wondering.. In the morning or if I havent driven it in half the day I usually let it run for a minute or two until I hear the engine quiet down and the rpm's lower to idle.

What about you guys?
yeah, that's about right. till the rpms drop. around 5 min. for me. the longer I let it warm up the more gas I notice it eats up.
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20-30 seconds if that much to let the RPMs drop to normal idle. I'm not a big fan of slamming the car into gear at higher idle. Otherwise, no need to let it idle for too long.
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I let it idle down to when it gets just below or at 1k RPM, usually 20-30 seconds like lgbpop. Gives it time to get into closed loop and the oil to get around.

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When it is 30 degrees or below, I'll start it and let it run a minute or two at the very least.
Normally I'll give it about 30 seconds.


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I just wait for it to drop to 1000 rpm before shifting out of park. Much smoother on all the driveline components I'd imagine...
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In the colder months around here, I use my remote start and give it at least 15 min, that way the defroster has cleared the windows and the rear def. has cleaned the back window. As you probably guessed, I have no garage, true it eats more gas, but I would rather sacrifice some fuel for safety.


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Like the others here, I wait until the engine speeds drops below 1000 RPM, which should take less than 30 sec. When it's really cold I use my block heater, otherwise I just drive it very gingerly until I see the temp needle start to rise.

Even when it's below zero, I don't like to idle my car more than a minute or two. It wastes gas and creates unnecessary pollution. Air quality is actually worst here in the winter from people idling their cars excessively. If the windshield is covered, I bush/scrape it off rather than waiting for the defrost to warm up. I can handle being cold in the for two minutes before the heat kicks in.

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I let it idle only a few seconds (10-15), enough to let the oil film on cylinder walls to set in place, to protect steel from the exhaust gases acidity.
After that, the faster you get to normal temperature, the less gas you waste.
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I start it up, buckle up and go.
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