Here in Maine we have dealt with cold winters as a part of life, and one of our realities is warming up our cars on frigid mornings. When it gets super cold we set our alarms 10 minutes earlier to do just that. Cheers went up when remote car starters hit! But it turns out that our efforts were not only wasted, but actually harmful to our car, our health, the environment and our wallets! Cars have changed over the past 30 years. I'm no mechanic, but this guy can explain...

 In short, here is the best way to get your car rolling on cold mornings:
  1. Get into your car. Turn the ignition on but don’t start the engine just yet.
  2. In 3-5 seconds, you should hear the fuel pump priming the engine. Start the car when this happens.
  3. Idle for about 10-20 seconds at the most.
  4. Slowly ease out of your parking spot and ease into driving.



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