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Hi all,

I was hoping to find out how necessary it is to let my car warm up in the cold weather (as we've been having in the Northeast lately). Luckily, even if its really cold, I can start my car and drive away. Is this bad for my car? If so, how do I know when my car is ready to drive?

thanks!
marc


Go here:

http://cartalk.cars.com/Info/WinterDriving

Their best tip: Move to Hawaii!

With modern cars (say less than 25 years old); most engine wear occurs during the 1-3 seconds before oil reaches your engine. This courtesy of brother who is a Toyota mechanic. I personally use AMSOIL synthetic (@ 6 mo or 6000 mi changes); the last car I had lasted to 144,000 miles without any leaks (the electrical system on the other hand had some serious gremlins at work).

My best tip: get a place with a garage! The extra money we spent on a townhouse with a garage is worth every penny for a warm car and not having to scrape.
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