Winter is Coming, Should I Idle My Car to Warm it Up?

This is a hotly debated topic among car enthusiasts and mechanics alike. The perennial question – should I idle my car on those cold winter mornings to warm it up? The answer has two parts. The first is “within reason,” and the second is “it’s up to you.”

In the old days you could actually harm your car by idling it too much. When there were carburetors and chokes you could send too much gas into cold-star cylinders and the excess gas could leak through the cylinders into the oil. Nowadays everything fuel-related in cars is computer controlled so you don’t have to worry about getting gas and oil mixed.

Basically, it comes down to whether or not you want your car warmed up INSIDE before you get into it in the winter. You don’t need to warm up cars to drive them but you may like the interior warm before you open the door to take the wheel. The only downside? You do contribute a little more to pollution whenever you idle your car for any reason. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy‚Äôs Service Center for all your auto repair needs!