For many people their car is their lifeline. It’s the way they get from A to B, whether for work or enjoyment. It is also one of the first major purchases someone is likely to make. A car reflects independence, your personality and is often a person’s prized or most valuable possession. We can’t help but want to modify our cars to fit our style. We want people to know who we are simply by us driving by. To keep your sweet ride long lasting, there are a few things you should probably never do to your car.
1) Rev your engine to warm it on cold days
New studies and advice from car manufacturers say that you should not rev your engine to warm your car on cold days. And now, for the big shock, you shouldn’t even let your car warm for that 5-10 minutes you normally do. The myth of warming your car started in the days of carburetors which did need some warming. With new gasoline vehicles most manufacturers recommend starting your vehicle and driving it slowly, which will warm your vehicle faster anyway. This occurs because most of the parts, outside of your engine, will not warm up very well even if you were to let your car idle for a while. They will only warm up as you are driving. You can allow your car to run for a couple minutes if it’s too cold for you out, but otherwise you should just get moving. If it’s very cold out, take your time, and drive “softly” so your car has time to warm which will help prevent the extra wear and tear revving your engine while idle would cause.
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