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Old 09-21-2015, 11:10 AM
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What temperature are you warming your oil to?

Just wondering what temperature are you warming your oil to before you drive off?

Not quite sure how long to a warm up idle before I drive off taking it easy.

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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

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Just wondering what temperature are you warming your oil to before you drive off?

Not quite sure how long to a warm up idle before I drive off taking it easy.
Everybody will have a different opinion on this. I am of the camp that believes the fastest way to raise temperatures and minimize damage is to drive the vehicle. In cold weather, I will let it idle for a minute or two to ensure oil has a chance to move around, otherwise I start it, buckle up, and go.
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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

Start the engine immediately when you get in. Then buckle up, check your mirrors, put it in gear and slowly drive away. Just don't put your boot in it until you are nicely warmed up !

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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

Thanks guys , you confirmed my thoughts.
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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

Our 5w30 Oil is thinner when cold.....


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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

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Our 5w30 Oil is thinner when cold.....


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In a way yes, but absolute viscosity wise, no. The oil acts like a 5 weight at cold temperatures and a 30 weight at 100C. 30 weight at 100C is less viscous than 5 weight at 0C.

In response to the original question...I wait for the cluster lights to go out and then I drive off. That's about enough time for the oil pressure to stabilize after a cold start. I wait for operating temp before any high-rev or sustained high load operation.
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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

Mine warms up so fast in SoCal it's a non issue but when I lived in the NW, my comments would echo those above. Feel free to drive off almost immediately, drive normal with RPM's below 2500 till your up to temp then drive it like you stole it if you wish.
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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

Everyone has a theory on this. Me, in warm weather, I click the FOB 2-3 minutes before I get in. In winter I will probably let it run 5-10 minutes. (or plug in my block heater).

I believe in getting the oil circulating well, and even then, a gentile start to the drive cycle. I have an nice 3-4 block drive at 25mph before I need to push the pedal.
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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

There is an issue with warming your engine while stationary (especially in winter).
Yes, the engine warms up and will be happy to get you on your way, but the rest of the drive train is still cold, and you risk excess wear on those components.

So if you start the engine, let it idle for a minute, and drive off gently, your transmission and differential fluids will warm up and reach operating temps roughly at the same time your engine will. Once the engine is properly warmed up, as others said above, you can let her rip.
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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

I do what I've done since I learned to drive, which is watch the Tach and let the engine stabilize so the RPM's are consistent. When getting in and starting it, that's typically a good minute or two. Then drive off. I'm in 25 MPH zones for a while until the nearest highway, so letting everything get to optimal temps isn't an issue for me.

Now with the starters, I'll start up the GC for 5 minutes or so before I'm ready to leave, and longer in the winter. This serves two purposes. The fluids build up appropriate pressure and temps and the interior is at a much more comfortable temperature for me.
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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

Living in Phoenix, the oil never cools down. That's why I got the tow group and the 'heavy duty cooling'.

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Re: What temperature are you warming your oil to?

I start it and go, gently. No waiting, no idling. I don't accel hard until the engine temp needle has climbed. Road & Track and Consumer Reports have recommended this (IIRC). I do this regardless of whether it's for a diesel or gas engine.
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