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Old 12-12-17, 02:22 PM
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Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

My neighbor has a car that's about 8 or 9 years old and for some reason every day she lets it warm up for 20 minutes and races the engine and when she returns she races the engine again before shutting it off.

If the fuel pump is going bad then she should fix it but I was told you need not race the engine on newer car's and warming them up isn't necessary either except for the below reason.

I have a 2006 Honda Civic and take off as soon as I start it unless the windshield or other windows are covered with snow and ice then I remove it before driving.
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Old 12-12-17, 02:23 PM
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

She wants to race you, bro.
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Old 12-12-17, 02:27 PM
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

Racing the engine is not needed anymore but warming up is still good. If it's very cold, the oil could be thick and not flowing well till it gets some heat.
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

Warming up more than a couple of minutes though is just wasting gas. If you're in a cold enough climate to matter you've got synthetic oil and heat plugs/pads anyway.

And yeah, she wants to race.
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

You certainly don't want to rev your engine before it's warmed up.

And from what I understand, you only need to let your vehicle warm up for 30-60 seconds (unless it's in Arctic like conditions). After that you need to drive gently and accelerate slowly for the next 5-10 minutes.
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

Sounds like she's trying to get your attention and wants to bang.

Please "take it out" for her in the driveway and let us know the results. Or do that thing where you flick your tongue and thrust your pointer/middle fingers at waist height (women love that, right?).
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

Originally Posted by Troy Stiffler View Post
Or do that thing where you flick your tongue and thrust your pointer/middle fingers at waist height (women love that, right?).

Oooh. That sounds like a useful gesture. I'll try it out on my neighbors tonight.
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

Originally Posted by funkyryno View Post
You certainly don't want to rev your engine before it's warmed up.

And from what I understand, you only need to let your vehicle warm up for 30-60 seconds (unless it's in Arctic like conditions). After that you need to drive gently and accelerate slowly for the next 5-10 minutes.
pretty much this^

but people are stupid so they do all sorts of dumb things to their cars. It's one reason buying a used car is such a gamble...

Does she sleep in the top bunk?
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Old 12-13-17, 09:33 AM
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

Yeah, as already stated you don't have to warm up modern cars. What kind of car is it?
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

I work with people who let their cars warm up for 20 minutes in the wintertime. It's so the interior will be nice and warm when they get in to drive home.

I'd rather save money and wear gloves.

I let my car warm up for 30 seconds to make sure the turbo has oil. That's in the owner's manual. Then I go.
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

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I work with people who let their cars warm up for 20 minutes in the wintertime. It's so the interior will be nice and warm when they get in to drive home.
Yeah, I work with people like that too, fucking babies!
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

yep total wimps
buy heated seats or

an electric car heater (I put one of these in my wife's old car back in the 90's, they work great)

https://www.amazon.com/Junda-Portabl...ric+Car+Heater


or add a heated seat cushion

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-...G7677ZFEEVGNVE
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

My mechanic told me that you should start driving when the engine oil pressure comes to what is normal. Of course, nowadays there are no oil pressure gauges, but if the little oil warning light is not on, then one has to assume that the oil pressure is good.

I'm in Fairbanks, Alaska, where it gets down to -40 F. This information, if accurate for here, certainly applies to every place in the Lower 48 states.
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Old 12-13-17, 12:28 PM
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Re: Present day cars,are you supposed to race the engine?

Regardless, I don't like driving right away when it's cold. The engine runs like it's about to die...just seems like a bad idea versus just letting it warm up a bit. My door was frozen shut this AM; I feel like that's a good indicator that I should give the engine a couple of minutes to warm.
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