Re: opinions on warming up your car before driving
It's a common misconception that driving away immediately (gently) will hurt the engine. Simple fact, it won't.
Driving away immediately and giving it a hard time, will be bad. Fact.
Warming the engine up for a few minutes 'could' actually be worse for the engine than driving away gently because of cylinder glazing.
All engines like to be used and under load, not idling.
It also doesn't warm up any other part of the vehicle, IE, gearbox, diff, and brakes.
Driving off gently is certainly the most sensible way to use any car. It will warm the engine in a desirable way, and it will also warm up the rest of the drivetrain accordingly.
Many manufactures now encourage this method.
If a vehicle is difficult to drive immediately, then a minute or so warm will be ok, but only warm it stationary as long as necessary.
Last edited by Soxx; 07-08-03 at 06:58 PM.