In winter, it avoids your car suffer: let it warm up before driving off

By order. has come the winter. It’s cold in much of the country, and your car also note. Salts house, on the way to work and you start up the car, which takes you all night standing at very low temperatures. Do you would like that you bring forth out sharply from the bed, you put running in a cold winter morning? To your car either, and even less with the intense cold. Avoids your car suffer, and let her go into heat before starting the ride. If you do not, you will speed up your mechanical wear, and even can cause severe damage.

What happens in your car with the cold?

To start, the car will cost more to boot. My partner David Clavero already has told us the extra effort that should make all the electrical part of the car when the outside temperature is very low. If your car is diesel, the heaters of the engine will be subjected to an extra effort. With a cold very intense, not a bad idea to give the contact two or three times before starting the engine: the heaters will work longer and will allow for a correct startup of the combustion. If your car is gasoline, it boots directly.


once we have turned on our engine, we know that oil – your blood, which allows it to function properly – has become very viscous with the cold. When an engine takes several hours standing, the oil down to the crankcase in its entirety, is located at the bottom of the engine. What we need are several gallons of oil, very little liquid, far from the parties that more lubrication is needed. The oil bathes all internal engine components, lubricating metal parts that move at a huge speed.

Let the engine idle a minute or two, to make sure that your lubrication is correct before starting the ride.

With the cold its lubricating ability is inferior, so that if we leave giving shoe nothing more start the car, we will be causing a huge wear and tear to the engine for a short space of time. This shortens the useful life of the engine greatly. If the pistons and rings are not properly lubricated, the friction of metal against metal can be disastrous. The same thing happens with the turbocharger is lubricated by the same oil as the engine. A motor endures a lot of suffering, but it accumulates wear and tear over time.


, why would we want to shorten its life? We must leave the oil in the engine to warm up briefly, to bathe properly, all the parts of the engine. As a minimum, we should stop the engine for half a minute at idle, either atmospheric or turbo, diesel or petrol. With a very cold intense, you will not go wrong one or two minutes idling, to warm up. Then we can start, and the circular-shaped soft during the first few minutes, without subjecting the engine to a high load. Want to waking up little by little, just like you.

it Is also important to monitor the level of coolant in winter, to prevent your engine from freezing.

we should Not “run over” until the oil acquires an optimal operating temperature. This advice is applicable to all seasons of the year and is one of the basic pillars of the good care of a motor. What doesn’t make sense – besides being polluting and expensive – is to leave the engine on for five or ten minutes, warming up. Heats up better and wears out less, driving it gently after a minute or two at idle, that leaving it on for 10 minutes in the morning.


A curiosity: the block heaters in Scandinavia

In Scandinavia during the nights, temperatures can reach 20 or 30 degrees below zero. There is No antifreeze or oil to support it properly, so in order to avoid boot problems or unnecessary wear, connect your motors to the current. Like what you hear, the car is plugged into a power outlet, and by electrical resistances, heat the block or the coolant of the car, keeping the motor to an adequate temperature during the cold night. Zero problems to boot.

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