Why should you let your car warm up?

suv - I very nice truck...Just not good on gas milege.
@mzbubblie (3840)
United States
January 12, 2007 7:52am CST
I will be the first to admit that I don't know much about a vehicles. I know how to check the oil, put gas in it, and drive it. However, I have been doing this cause I was told by a few people but I don't know exactly why I do it. If it's real cold in the morning, I have to let my car warm up. I know if there is frost on the window of course I would have to. But other then that why have my car run for 5 or 10 minutes before I start to drive it? I know this may be something so silly, But I honestly don't know...Please help me understand...
3 responses
@beta_love (451)
• India
12 Jan 07
well now days all the new cars which are coming in the market dont need to ge warmed up unless and until you stay in a very cold region where the temperature is almost in single digits all the time of the year or else only those who have old cars need to warm up yheir car before they drive
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
13 Jan 07
yes I have a older car, and yes indeed I do warm it up faithfully during the winter season..
@nana1944 (1367)
• United States
12 Jan 07
FiredUp was correct. It helps the oil warm and therefore circulates it in the engine more easily. It is not silly as far as I am concerned. You wanted to know something and you asked a question. That is as it should be on here.
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Thank you kindly for your response. Well you know some people laugh, like Oh my you don't know why.
@FiredUp (270)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I am about also not very knowledgeable about cars, but I will tell you what my husband told me. He said it was so that the oil can warm up and start pumping good. He said it is very hard on the engine if you run it cold. But he said i only had to warm mine up a couple minutes. Hope that helps you.
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Thank you for your response. Yanno, sometimes I hear things and it doesn't hurt. In this case letting my car warm up for a few minutes not hurting me so I do, just never knew why...thank you again