Warming up my engine

Asked by Nov 17, 2016 at 06:38 AM about the 1983 Ford Crown Victoria

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 1983 crown victoria is it ok
to start it up in the morning to warm
up the engine in cold weather?

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Most vehicles built before 1995 used a carburetor, a device that combined air and fuel. However, the U.S. automobile industry changed over to a fuel injection method in the 80s and 90s, eliminating the need for the carburetor. With a carburetor, it was essential to let the car idle for minutes before driving it in order to make sure the engine would run properly. But with modern cars, it's not the engine itself that needs to be warmed up when it's cold outside.

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Yes- let the engine idle for a minute before you take off- this lets the engine oil warm up to flow more smoothly- all engines will benefit from this instead of just firing up and blasting off- of course, most people don't really care how long their engine will last because they are just gonna trade it in in 4-5 years, anyway-

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