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Old 11-16-2004, 01:16 AM   #16
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I let my car warm up for 1 min (literally) so all the fluids are flowing well and I know that everything is properly lubricated at that point so I don't do any damage to the engine. Then for the next 10 min I drive under 2500rpm.
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Old 11-16-2004, 02:31 AM   #17
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I always start the car, take 20 secs or so to change the CD, then drive extremely slow (never going over 2000rpm) until I absolutely have to (401).
unless by some chance you have to race a Grand AM loaner car

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Old 11-16-2004, 02:34 AM   #18
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Thx jay, I knew there was a good reason to not waiting aroudn for it to warm up. Someone told me once and I completely forgot .. and I have all these friends who claim to know about cars and say how its soo important to wait for it to warm up and people who dont do it are idiots. I can finally explain to them why they are wrong.
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Old 11-16-2004, 02:39 AM   #19
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Seb.. but their is the other extreme (my old toyota) I usto jam the gas down with the snow brush and wait for all the snow to melt off before i would get in. and it still lasted 2 winters???
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Old 11-16-2004, 03:32 AM   #20
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i fire her up and drive normal...the beautys of living in BC.
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Old 11-16-2004, 11:49 AM   #21
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unless by some chance you have to race a Grand AM loaner car

LOL
Yeah you dick, my poor cold engine, LOL. And I almost lost too. Them there Pon-ee-acks be mighty fast I'll tell you whut.
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Old 11-16-2004, 07:57 PM   #22
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Jay is completely right.
U should only let your car warm up for as long as it takes to reach down & move the shifter. Just drive like a granny for the first minute or two - that's all the time it takes to be at operating temperature.
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:05 PM   #23
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I use my block heater religiously when it get is in the single digit temps and below 0.
when it stays pluged in all nite in the morning when i start it the temp gauge is just on the outside edge of the blue (just like summer time temp) and then i let her rum for a minute and never exceed 2500 rpm till the temp gauge is in the middle and I feel the car is warmed up
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Old 11-17-2004, 12:22 AM   #24
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I kinda made up my own routine... it's pretty quick and works great.

1) Headlights to 1 O'Clock (headlights off = less voltage used and longer lasting bulbs!)

2) Key to POS 2 (get fuel pump going and the engine primed)

3) Wait 5 seconds (usually as long as it takes for the DING DING DING to stop (under 3 degree warning chime))

4) Start car

5) Turn on rear defroster and heated seat. (heater stays off)

6) If frost and light ice on windows then I spray windsheild briefly, but don't allow wipers to go yet. Let the deicer work its magic.

7) Spray side windows and rear window with spray bottle (my own home-made deicer concoction. does not freeze up to -45 degrees and melts ice in seconds!)

8) Squeegee windows clean. (no need for ice scraper... just get the water (melted ice) off the windows.)

9) Get in car.

10) Turn on heater (windows)

11) Drive no faster than 3000rpm (as it says in the owners manual) until the engine, drivetrain, etc. are all warmed up. I rarely go past 3000rpm in the winter at ALL. (I baby my car.)

** note: when I park my car I keep my sunroof in TILT mode. Air circulation helps cool the interior much quicker to the same temp as the exterior resulting in less ice and frost buildup on windows for when I have to get back in the car again. Remember science class and condensation? Well your windows get fogged with condensation quickly after shutting your engine off, that layer of water then freezes.

** note 2: I also treat my interior windows with anti-fog liquid and my home-made ice melting concoction includes teflon to treat the exterior windows (keep water, ice off the window.. and light snow rolls right off.)
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Old 11-18-2004, 03:05 PM   #25
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no one else?
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Old 11-18-2004, 03:10 PM   #26
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no one else?
so you walk out of your house at 7... and pull out of your driveway around what? 9? 9:30?

my routine:

turn on car...... shiver for 1 minute.... pull out

shiver for 1 minute is replaced with scrape windows when needed
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Old 11-18-2004, 03:19 PM   #27
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I go out around 4am and head to the gym. When I leave for work @ 7am I don't have anything else to do.. car is still clean.

Steps 1 - 5: under 10 seconds

Steps 6 - 8: 1 minute MAX. (takes a lot less time to spray all my windows and squeegee the melted ice off than it would take for anyone to scrape away helplessly at their windows... in which point it'd still have patches of ice on it.).. 2 minutes being the maximum time if I also have to clean fallen snow off the car, and there's ice waiting for me underneath.

Steps 9 - 11: no time.. I'm already on my way to the gym.. and my windows are as clean as if it were summer.
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Old 11-18-2004, 04:10 PM   #28
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I just start my car and drive. The beauty of a closed garage.
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Old 11-24-2004, 04:25 PM   #29
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its getting so cold that my remote starter wont even start anymore... GURR!!!!
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Old 11-24-2004, 04:35 PM   #30
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** note 2: I also treat my interior windows with anti-fog liquid and my home-made ice melting concoction includes teflon to treat the exterior windows (keep water, ice off the window.. and light snow rolls right off.)
So what is this homemade concoction. Please do share and tell.
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