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Troubleshooter: Idling away your money?

Troubleshooter: Idling away your money?
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With fall colours upon us, can winter’s blast be far away? Soon snow tires will find their way out of backyard storage sheds and onto our vehicles, and snow brushes and shovels will replace the rakes and clippers leaning up against the house. Of course it will take less time for our autos to acclimate to winter blasts than us, and therein lays the problem: excessive engine warm-up time.

I’d like to blame some preceding generation for instilling this habit of letting a vehicle idle until its interior is mid-summer afternoon scorching hot. But our predecessors, who drove from the carbureted to the fuel injected eras, learned that modern combustion engines only need enough idle time to circulate oil, or about 30 seconds. Those 10-minute remotely-started warm-ups will waste fuel, can lead to engine running problems, and will pollute wildly as no internal combustion engine powering a road-vehicle on the planet has an emission system that operates when the engine is idling.
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