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Warming up your Taco

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by gatlin69, Apr 30, 2011.

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Warming the engine

Poll closed May 15, 2011.
  1. Yes

    51 vote(s)
    49.5%
  2. No

    47 vote(s)
    45.6%
  3. I like my tacos cold

    5 vote(s)
    4.9%
  1. Apr 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM
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    gatlin69

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    I have read articles saying that as long as you wait 30 seconds or so (to get the oil moving) you can drive off without any extra wear on the engine. I have also read that letting a engine warm actually shortens its life span. What do you think?​
     
  2. Apr 30, 2011 at 5:46 PM
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    04LTtacoma

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  3. Apr 30, 2011 at 5:48 PM
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    not sure but i always let it warm up for about 5 minutes before i drive off
     
  4. Apr 30, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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    bcb97

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    I've read with new engines it doesn't matter as long as you don't wot out of your driveway.

    "As far as warming up an engine before driving away, that old nugget no longer applies because modern engines have better lubrication, tighter clearances and, in general, are more resistant to sludge formation." from http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/4213313
     
  5. Apr 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM
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    Jester243

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    as long as it takes to adjust the radio, put on my seatbelt and find a home for my coffecup. Unless it is relly cold then a minute or so.
     
  6. Apr 30, 2011 at 6:02 PM
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    when its -30 i let it warm up, but that might be for me more than the engine!!
     
  7. Apr 30, 2011 at 6:29 PM
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  8. Apr 30, 2011 at 6:34 PM
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    Pros and cons either way. Drive off to soon while the engine is warming up and running rich, you'll burn more gas for a short while. Let the engine warm up first and you burn gas going nowhere.

    As far as wear on the engine, there is some expansion going on while it gets up to temperature so I simply take it real easy until I hit normal operating termperature. I definitely think there is potential for damage if you act foolishly but certainly not from driving normally while the engine is warming up.
     
  9. Apr 30, 2011 at 6:35 PM
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    unless its really cold i just get in a go. sometimes im on my way down the drive way and my hand aint off the brake yet lol
     
  10. Apr 30, 2011 at 6:38 PM
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    Warms up better if you just get in a drive...just keep the RPMs low and dont do any burnouts away from your house. Everything warms up more efficiently by simply driving it...engine tranny and rear.
    I keep my RPMs below 3K until the thermostat gets things to normal running temps. I also try not to brake hard when those are cold....I also stretch in the gym before I bench press 600 :D
     
  11. Apr 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM
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    I always let my vehicles warm up for a minute or so before driving them in the morning.

    Waking up in the morning is a good analogy to think about and compare it to. Don't you usually like a good minute or so to lay in bed after your alarm goes off? Normally you don't just jump out of bed right away. Same applies for your vehicle; let it build up a little oil pressure for 30 seconds to minute or so before you through it into gear and drive up the street.

    Yeah, sure, wastes a little fuel and a lot of people say the vehicle will warm up quicker once you start driving which is true, but I like to think it's good just to allow a minute or so for the fluids to flow and ciculate bit before you drive it.

    My $.02c
     
  12. Apr 30, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    I don't warm the engine, a little frostbite is a great stimulant in the morning!
     
  13. Apr 30, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    this has already been covered but i couldnt find the thread
     
  14. Apr 30, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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    But your engine still isnt warm/running temps in 30-60sec....and this thread is about warming it vs not warming it :D
     
  15. Apr 30, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    I give it about 10 seconds and then I'm off lol
     
  17. Apr 30, 2011 at 7:14 PM
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  18. Apr 30, 2011 at 9:24 PM
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    same shit as everyone else
    I don't think it matters. The oil is moving as soon as you turn that starter. I say just get in a go, unless its cold out and you need to defrost...
     
  19. Apr 30, 2011 at 9:26 PM
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  20. Apr 30, 2011 at 9:28 PM
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