Engine Warm Up
courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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If I want to warm my car up faster, will it help if I rev my engine? Do I have to rev my engine in drive or will neutral work also?
In modern vehicles, you do not need excessive warm up time. The minimum that the manufacturers recommend is 30 seconds. Simply enough time to get the oil flowing throughout the engine. If you wanted to wait any longer, you could wait for the car to drop out of fast idle. That is usually an indication that the engine is warm enough for proper operation. Manually increasing the idle above the already fast idle is not recommended.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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