Should You Warm Your Car When It’s Cold? Yes and Here’s Why

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There is a big question about warming up a car when the temperature is cold. Should you warm it up or should you not? Many car owners are divided in this. Here in this article, we are going to tell you why you should warm your car even if it is cold.

It Is Especially Important for Older Car
That’s right. An older car will need as much less-viscous oil as possible for the engine. To get less-viscous oil, warm up is required especially in cold temperature. Not only that, it is also important to get some heat for other parts as well. For instance, connectors and brittle rubber hoses.

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It Puts Less Strain on the Engine
Warming up the engine for about 5 to 15 minutes will make it ready for driving. This is true in all situations, including in cold temperature. Driving a car straightaway, on the other hand, puts unnecessary strain on the engine regardless whether it is an older car or a modern car.

Gasoline Doesn’t Evaporate Well When It Is Cold
The next reason is that in cold temperature, gasoline will be harder to vaporize. Since it won’t evaporate well, it may enter the cylinders as a liquid. Entering as a liquid, it may form droplets which cling to the walls and may damage the engine.

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Want a Smooth Ride? You Need Proper Combustion
Since the engine is cold, it won’t be able to create a proper combustion. The resulting combustion will be poor and uneven. Since the combustion is poor and uneven, the carb will choke some of the surrounding air in order to compensate for the situation. While this allows the engine to run, it will run less efficiently.
When the temperature rises and things heat up, the situation will then improve. When it is warm enough, only then the fuel can vaporize properly. This results in a smooth ride. If you want this, it takes time, including if it is cold.

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It Results in Less Pollution
You may think that warming up your car for a few minutes will result in more pollution. As such, you prefer to drive your car right away, including in a cold temperature. This, however, is a mistake.
When you warm up your car before driving it, it allows the engine to operate at normal temperature. This results in more efficient operation and creates less pollutant. On the other hand, driving your car right away results in your engine operating at a higher temperature, which not only inefficient but also creates extra pollutants.

Safety Factors
Last but certainly not least, safety factors. In cold temperature, the interior of your car can be freezing cold. The steering wheel can also be very cold, which is obviously not pleasant to touch. Driving while the interior of the car is still cold and using a cold steering wheel will only distract you, make you uncomfortable and prevent you from driving properly. Warming up your car will solve this.

These are the reasons why you should warm your car even if it is cold. Warming up your car will make not only the car but you yourself as the driver ready for the ride, especially when it is cold. So, next time it is cold, don’t be afraid to warm up your car for a few minutes.


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