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post #1 of 14 Old 12-07-2010, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Cold day start up... How long do ya let it run?

When it's 32 degrees or below, how long do you let the Camaro idle for before you drive off.

I'd say 30 seconds is enough.

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When it's 32 degrees or below, how long do you let the Camaro idle for before you drive off.

I'd say 30 seconds is enough.
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not long, just go easy on it 'till your oil temp gets up to around 200

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Remote start is great

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When it's 32 degrees or below, how long do you let the Camaro idle for before you drive off.

I'd say 30 seconds is enough.
I like to see the coolant temp at 120-130 at least. This at least allows for some thermal expansion of engine parts before drive off. Then as Powerfreak said, take it easy on drive off.

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POWERFREAK not long, just go easy on it 'till your oil temp gets up to around 200
On my 25 mile (30min) drive to work on a cool/cold morning, I will be halfway or more there before the oil gets to that temp. Synthetics lubricate well at much wider temp ranges so I don't hesitate to start puttin' the hammer down as soon as it hits the first mark on the gauge....

BUT, if it is that cold, beware of the lack of traction!

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I'll start mine, crank the front and rear defroster, then let my dogs out. By the time I put them back in the house, the car is usually defrosted and ready to roll.

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On my 25 mile (30min) drive to work on a cool/cold morning, I will be halfway or more there before the oil gets to that temp. Synthetics lubricate well at much wider temp ranges so I don't hesitate to start puttin' the hammer down as soon as it hits the first mark on the gauge....

BUT, if it is that cold, beware of the lack of traction!
It's more of an issue of bearing clearances...they open up to the correct specs when the motor heats up. Maybe I'm just a paranoid nutcase w/ my car....but it is hard to drive it and not hammer it just a little. My car hibernates in a heated garage for most of the cold weather anyway.

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When it's 32 degrees or below, how long do you let the Camaro idle for before you drive off.

I'd say 30 seconds is enough.
Depends on how cold it is, how much frost I want to scrape off the windows, and how motivated I am to get to class in the morning.

If its half below my nuts just froze off, the class isn't attendance/quiz based, and the second Ice Age setteling in on my window, it'll probably run for 3/4's to an hour or so so that the windows thaw themselves and the car is nice and toasty by the time I get in it.

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When it's 32 degrees or below, how long do you let the Camaro idle for before you drive off.

I'd say 30 seconds is enough.
if you have a oil pressure gauge,then check for pressure "in the boat!"..in other words,make sure your needle is showing pressure which indicates the oil is circulating throughout the engine...takes about 10 seconds...after determining you have pressure in the system,you can drive off ...the sooner you get under way,the sooner your engine reaches operating temperature,and the LESS war and tear on the engine.idling an engine in ANY kind of weather is not good,because the engine takes longer to reach optimum temperature,and so consequently there is more wear on engine parts.the end result is the engine's durability characteristics are effected!..(engine wears out faster!)
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