Warming Up Car in Idle State

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Asked by Mar 23, 2016 at 03:53 PM about the 2004 Honda Accord LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car is a 2004 Honda Accord LX at 110K miles. I have often heard from others that after turning on the ignition, it is a good practice to warm up the car engine in idle state before starting to drive it. They advice to do this at the beginning of each day regardless of considering the outside temperature issue. Meanwhile, I have heard the other side of the story as well like this warming up in idle condition actually harms the engine. What is the real fact? Even if it is good for the engine, for how long should I warm up the car in idle state before starting to drive it?

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Back in the teens, 20's 30's and up to the late 80's that was considered the best practice but it does NOT apply to the newer vehicles with the advances made in technology. Just start & go, just don't drive it so hard until it warms up a bit after starting off.

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