If your car isn’t handling the cold weather well, it’s time to find a Madison auto care technician like the trusted Madison auto care pros at any one of Madison Auto Care’s seven NAPA service centers.
On really cold mornings like we’ve had in Madison recently, you can see drivers starting their cars and letting them idle while the engine “warms up.” The practice isn’t as common as it was in years gone by, but a lot of people still do it.
Thing is, it’s not necessary with today’s engines. And, it could damage engine components.
The nonprofit Car Care Council explains:
“The idea of idling before driving dates back to when cars were built with carburetors. . With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems and thinner synthetic oils, drivers don’t need to warm up their cars before hitting the road.
“According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ‘When a car idles for more than 30 seconds, it has several negative effects, such as increasing air pollution unnecessarily, wasting fuel and money, and causing excessive wear or even damaging a car’s engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and the exhaust system. Contrary to popular belief, idling isn’t an effective way to warm up most car engines.’
“’Unless you are trying to defrost the windshield or warm the interior of your car, idling is not required for today’s vehicles,’ said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. ‘In most cases, idling longer than 30 seconds is unnecessary, even on the coldest days. The best way to warm up your car’s engine is to drive gently at the start. Remember, a vehicle gets zero miles per gallon when idling and the result is lower fuel economy and wasted money.’”
Of course, if something is wrong with your fuel injection system, cylinders, spark plugs, exhaust system, or some other engine component, it’s time to find a Madison auto care expert to fix things. If you’re searching for a Madison auto care pro, you need look no further than the reliable Madison auto care pros at any of Madison Auto Care’s seven NAPA service centers: Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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