It’s temptimg when the weather is this unwelcoming to think about warming your car up before driving away. But don’t do it.
No doubt about it. Wichita’s weather is miserable right now unless you’re a polar bear. The wind chill, which is well below zero, is the coldest it’s been in at least 22 years.
It’s enough to make you stay indoors by a warm fire with a hot drink. But, at times, you do have to go places. That’s when another temptation hits – the thought that you should warm up your car before getting into traffic.
That’s a grand thought but don’t do it.
“Don’t, according to experts at AAA, a federation of motor clubs. They say it’s not a good idea to warm your car up to keep it from freezing,” according to tennessean.com. “Drivers should start their engine and allow it to idle only for the time it takes you to fasten your seat belt. This time ensures lubricating oil gets to all of the engine’s vital parts.
“‘Driving the car normally and avoiding hard acceleration brings the engine to a warmer temperature faster, and also reduces wear and exhaust emissions,’ said Cliff Ruud, managing director of Automotive for AAA. ‘Naturally, a little longer idle time is okay in the winter while you clear snow and ice from the windshield and other car parts.'”
If your car won’t start at all or if it starts but cuts off, then it’s time to call the trusted Wichita auto care specialists at Tracy’s Automotive for help.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard – Maple Street auto care and auto repair, E First Street N and W 21st Street N.. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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