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Is 1 minute long enough time to let the engine warm up when its cold before driving? How long do you let your civic warm up when it's cold?
 

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Unless it's below freezing, cars don't need to be warmed up at all. Driving them gently is the best warm up there is. If it's 25 degrees out, you might want to let it warm up for 30 seconds. If it's 10 degrees out, warm it up for a minute.

That was from another site ^^^ I've looked all over in past years for a definate answer. Some say it's really bad for your car to sit for longer than a min on idle, but I can't prove it.
 

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+1 on webby's information. 'Warming up' for extended periods can actually cause more harm than good. Somewhere over at Edmunds there were some good links on this debate. For myself, I give it about 30 seconds to get the oil flowing and drive gently until the temps come up. For colder weather I believe the information said 'until idling smoothly' then drive. I'll see if I can dig up the articles if I get a chance today.
 

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I've always warmed up my car at least 30 seconds when it's below freezing. Getting the car warmed up as soon as possible means I can turn up the heat!
 

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webby said:
Unless it's below freezing, cars don't need to be warmed up at all. Driving them gently is the best warm up there is. If it's 25 degrees out, you might want to let it warm up for 30 seconds. If it's 10 degrees out, warm it up for a minute.

That was from another site ^^^ I've looked all over in past years for a definate answer. Some say it's really bad for your car to sit for longer than a min on idle, but I can't prove it.
That's what I thought, but just wanted to make sure, since I have never owned a new car before. I normaly just let it warm up for about 15 seconds then drive real easy until fully warmed for a few minutes, then I get on it. Thanks webby

If there's a foot of snow on the car clear it off as much as possiabe first then start the car to clear the rest. When frozen the car should still only warm up for a 1-3max.

Thanks again everyone for helping clear that up for me. :driving:
 
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