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Do Modern Vehicles Need to Be "Warmed Up"?

If you've been on the road for years, you've probably heard someone mention that a vehicle needs to be warmed up in the colder weather in order to start up. You get into your car, turn it on, and let the engine run for a few minutes before setting off. You've only heard it from friends and family, but is it actually necessary?

The answer depends on the age of your vehicle, as well as make and model. The concept of warming up your vehicle in the winter or fall dates back to cars that were built with carburetors. Carburetors haven't been built in vehicles since around the 1990s. So unless your vehicle is from the early 1990s or earlier, than the answer is no! 

Modern vehicles use fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems and thinner synthetic oils so that drivers don’t need to warm up their cars before hitting the road. Idiling your vehicle before driving is actually bad for the environment, as it generates more pollution into the air which isn't necessary. 

The best way to "warm up" your vehicle is actually to drive it! As you start driving, the systems start working and warming up. So there you have it - an age-old saying has been debunked for our modernly built vehicles. If you do have any concerns regarding your vehicle, don't hesitate to give us a call here at Nerger's Auto Express for friendly service! 

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