DRIVE IT! DON’T IDLE IT!
|"Idling warms only the engine - not the wheel|
bearings, steering, suspension,
transmission and tires which all
need to be warmed up also!"
Contrary to popular belief, excessive idling is not an effective way to warm up your vehicle, even in cold weather. The best way to warm it up is to drive it. In fact, with today’s computer-controlled engines, even on cold winter days, usually no more than two to three minutes of idling is enough warm-up time needed for the average vehicle before starting to drive – but make sure that windows are free from snow and properly defrosted before driving away!
Excessively long warm-ups will not only degrade the engine over time, cost you money and waste fuel, but generate unnecessary green house gas emissions!
** Idling warms only the engine – not the wheel bearings, steering, suspension, transmission and tires which all need to be warmed up also!
Resource: Natural Resources Canada
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