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Winter warm up?

I've been driving this 98 lude (4 spd auto with SS) for about a month now, and
I usually let it warm up for a min to let the oil circulate and go. I put it in SS to
keep the RPM's under 2k till it warms up all the way, and then its fine to go all
the way. butttt does this car need to warm up more then that, or is the 30 seconds to a minute fine?
From what i've been doing the car seems to react fine even after sitting all night.

I live in Michigan by the way.
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Re: Winter warm up?

I personally don't base it off time, but the RPM's that the engine is at. I won't put it in drive/reverse without the needle being around 1300. So that takes like five minutes generally for my car.

BTW, I live in Northern Illinois, so I'm feelin the same draft you are haha.
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Re: Winter warm up?

i dont let my car warm up, its really just a waste of gas i feel. closest its come to warming up is selecting what song i want to listen to before i start driving. it only takes like 5 minutes to completely warm up while driving. i usually keep it between 2.5-3.5 so it warms up a little quicker
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Re: Winter warm up?

i live in texas and i sit for 5 minutes usualy with it at 2,000 rpm's cause im not sure of this so i let it warm up :)
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Re: Winter warm up?

the whole idea behind engine warm up is actually to warm up the oil. when its cold oil is thick and hard to get it moving. technically once the oil light goes out, your oil is moving enough to provide the protection you need. but if you're that superstitious about it, give it 30 seconds. i'd give it about 2-3 minutes before you push the motor. but keeping your engine RPMs as low as possible is going a little overboard. 2.5-3k is perfectly fine for driving while the motor is still in the cold range.

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i dont let my car warm up, its really just a waste of gas i feel. closest its come to warming up is selecting what song i want to listen to before i start driving. it only takes like 5 minutes to completely warm up while driving. i usually keep it between 2.5-3.5 so it warms up a little quicker
i'm pretty much the same way.. i do a little more.. but still takes me about 15-30 seconds. i'll usually start the car, put my gun in the glove box, hit the garage door opener, hit play on the ipod, make sure the climate control is where i want it. and like i said its about 15-30 seconds
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Re: Winter warm up?

I normally wait about 5min and then I take off. But if I'm in the mood to VTEC then I would wait until the temp needle is at it's normal levelwhich is slightly under the halfway point.
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Re: Winter warm up?

Yeah, I try to let the RPM's get to 1200 before I go, but it gets there within the minute usually.
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Re: Winter warm up?

I don't necessarily let it warm up just sitting there running (unless it's really freaking cold out) but I'm just really genital on the accelerator until the temp gauge starts going up.
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I don't necessarily let it warm up just sitting there running (unless it's really freaking cold out) but I'm just really genital on the accelerator until the temp gauge starts going up.



lmfaoooo

i let my car idle for about 5 minutes in the driveway(since it's usually about 15 degrees @ 8am (and with open downpipe and the idle @ 2K since i don't have a starting air valve means my neighbors loveeeee me)) then the first bar lights up after driving for a minute, and second bar after 5 minutes. but i don't really beat on it til its been at 1/2 way for ~10 minutes. then all hell breaks loose


really, letting your car warm up is NEVER a bad thing. but constantly beating on your car when it's still cold could potentially be very bad news bears.
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Re: Winter warm up?

Typically I don't hit VTEC on the lude in general ever (mainly because she drinking a quart of oil ever 1200 miles ) but I'm just extra granny driving right when I fire it up in the AM but after that I drive more normally .
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Re: Winter warm up?

The manual states the max that it needs to warm up is about 2 minutes. I feel that it is much more important to "warm up" in the automatic cars because the higher rpms can lead to a loud and big jerk going into reverse if the mounts are in bad shape. I just let the Prelude warm up for about 1 min and a half and then go. Just make sure you keep an eye out on the oil level, oil condition, and use full synthetic if possible. Full synthetic resists extreme cold and hot climates very well.
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Re: Winter warm up?

I let the car idle for about 2 - 3 minutes then drive slowly until the car warms up to optimal temps before I drive normal.
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Re: Winter warm up?

I start it up in the garage and go back into the house get dress etc. So at least 5 min. I was raised to make sure to warm the car up in the winter time so it stuck with me.
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Typically I don't hit VTEC on the lude in general ever (mainly because she drinking a quart of oil ever 1200 miles ) but I'm just extra granny driving right when I fire it up in the AM but after that I drive more normally .
what he said (minus the burning massive amounts of oil )

if it's real bloody cold I might give it a bit to warm up (hard to drive when you are shivering...)

or if I can't see from some ice
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Re: Winter warm up?

While it's always about a minute between start up and actually leaving my driveway, I always baby the thing until the temp gauge has moved to the usual spot. I also if it's a short trip will go around the block so that the thing has finished warming up before I shut it down again. That one's wierd I know.
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Re: Winter warm up?

Well Luck for me, I have a remote start on mine.
So if needed it will run for 10 minutes max before
it shuts off. This works well for me, cause when I
get in mine, the windows are defrosted, and it is
toasty warm inside.
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Re: Winter warm up?

Really the only reason I asked this is because I USE to have a 1994 GMC Sierra but being young and idiotic I beat on that truck and it ended up turning into a V7 instead of a V8 and it was from accelerating to much when it was still cold. The front left cylinder permanently froze. butt now I got this lude and I'm not regretting it. =D

I still astonished with how fast these cars warm up compared to most I've driven.
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Well Luck for me, I have a remote start on mine.
ditto. its started usually a few seconds before i get to the door. so by the time i get in the car and fully ready its only been a minute or 2. but only do it at work since my car sits in a garage at home. its substantially (usually 20 degrees) warmer in the garage. especially in the winter.
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Re: Winter warm up?

I don't warm up either but I don't accelerate hard until I see the temp gauge starting to climb.

And Virginia has had a pretty good winter so far considering, been freezing temp for weeks.

Our snow we got about a week before Christmas is still here if that tells you anything.
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i let my car warm up for like 15 minutes. mn winters ftw
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