Warming Up Car in Idle State
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?
Warming up for more than few seconds is fine, more is a waste. Just Google "need to warm up engine?" myth. You won't get heat in car, but jus get going, driven will warm it up!
Thanks for your reply. When it is really cold outside like below freezing temperature, would it be still good to warm up for about few seconds? I guess, under that kind of situation, warming up for 1-2 minutes might not be a bad idea. What do you think?
When really cold I have always let it warm up a little at least a minute then proceeding gently until I start to feel some warmth out of the heater.
I can only say its a myth, few seconds won't hurt, but minutes? No need.. I have driven many of my cars past 200,000 miles with never an issue.
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