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    Do you let her run for a bit?

    I know. I could've search, but I got lazy.

    With the past 2 days being extremely cold with wind chill (I know it's not as cold as in the NE, etc.). Question...

    - do you let her run for a few minutes (5+) and then go?
    - do you pop in the car, start her up, and then go?

    What do you guys do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxnoobie02 View Post
    I know. I could've search, but I got lazy.

    With the past 2 days being extremely cold with wind chill (I know it's not as cold as in the NE, etc.). Question...

    - do you let her run for a few minutes (5+) and then go?
    - do you pop in the car, start her up, and then go?

    What do you guys do?
    When it's really cold out I will go start my car a few minutes ahead if I remember. Mainly I just like hopping into a warm car. If I don't have the time, I just hop in and shiver while driving off.
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    On mornings like today, I hop in, let her idle for 2 mins. and drive out of my complex very slowly. Once she is up and running at normal operating temp., I will rev it higher.

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    Oh yeah, I should mention that I do try to stay out of boost until the engine temp needle has moved to it's normal spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxnoobie02 View Post
    I know. I could've search, but I got lazy.

    With the past 2 days being extremely cold with wind chill (I know it's not as cold as in the NE, etc.). Question...

    - do you let her run for a few minutes (5+) and then go?
    - do you pop in the car, start her up, and then go?

    What do you guys do?
    i have been starting it 10 mins before i leave the house in the morning (it was 3 this morning) but usualy i just let it idle for 30 sec before taking off

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    ok. sounds good. i normally warm up for 1-2 mins and drive off. but i don't rev it high and i also try to stay out of boost until car reaches normal operating temp. just wanted to know what you guys normally do.

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    When it's below 30F degrees I try to let it warm up to 5 minutes if possible, 2 minutes at a minimum and then cruise off slowly. As mentioned before, try to stay out of boost as much as possible until engine temp is at it's normal position. If you don't have a boost gauge, creeping up to 3k RPMs should keep you out of boost in the lower gears. Creep even slower to 3k RPMs in the higher gears where boost hits earlier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxnoobie02 View Post
    ...With the past 2 days being extremely cold with wind chill...
    Wind chill has no effect on your car's engine.

    That being said, let your car idle for 30 sec to 1 min. All you need to do is give the oil a chance to become more viscous. You may then go on your merry way keeping the engine under 3K until the water/oil temp and oil pressure have all stabilized in their normal operating range.

    Remember that idling for extended periods of time does nothing but waste fuel. By taking it easy for the first few minutes of your drive, you are also warming up the other moving parts of your vehicle, e.g. brakes, wheel bearings, etc.

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    i like warming her up when its cold. 1min max tho
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    Quote Originally Posted by rr1911 View Post
    i like warming her up when its cold. 1min max tho
    Are we still talking about cars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DUB View Post
    Are we still talking about cars?
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    I usually warm-up for 5-10 min. I hate hopping into a cold car and lately I've had a good coating of frost in the morning. Also have to merge on to a hectic highway a short distance from my house so having the engine at the proper temp. means I can do what it takes to find the seams.

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    I normally let it idle for at least 1-2 minutes before driving off, more if possible. If there's snow or ice to scrape I start it and then do that.

    Quote Originally Posted by wrxnoobie02 View Post
    ok. sounds good. i normally warm up for 1-2 mins and drive off. but i don't rev it high and i also try to stay out of boost until car reaches normal operating temp. just wanted to know what you guys normally do.
    Sounds like exactly what you want to do to make your car happy for a very long time.
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    when it's cold out, below 50, i give it a 5 min warm up. below freezing i give the car a 5-10 min warm up.

    i got into this habit with my Dodge Ram Wagon, Chrysler transmissions from the 90's sucked ass, and it slipped like a wet ***** if it wasn't warmed up. thank you Chrysler.
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    I warm her up and rev below 4000 until reaching normal temp, but never even gave the boost factor a second thought.

    Enlightening. Thank you.
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