Is Engine Warm Up Necessary?

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Hi Bob,
My boyfriend says that it's not necessary to warm up engines on newer car models. I drive a 2000 Toyota Celica GTS with approximately 100,000 miles on it. Unfortunately, he's not an expert, and I need your expert advice if it is necessary to warm up my car and for how long.

When it comes to engine warm up, the warm up period is not like it used to be years ago. However, you should not just turn the key and zoom away. You should give a little bit of time for the oil to get to the top of the engine. Then, you can drive away. However, you should not try to accelerate to maximum capability or drive under heavy loads until the engine has come up to full operating temperature. When starting a newer car, it will normally start to a higher RPM. Once the RPM settles to normal level (within 60 seconds or less), the car is good to drive under normal conditions.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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