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There are many benefits to warming your vehicle before you begin your drive. When it’s cold outside, warming up your vehicle will get the heater working faster and will even improve your car’s performance and fuel economy.

Before you start your engine, it is the same temperature as the ambient temperature outside. This is always lower than the temperature at which your engine will optimally perform. If you do not warm your engine, you may be causing excess wear and using additional fuel. Let your engine idle for at least 30 seconds before putting it into gear, but you may need to warm up your vehicle for 5-10 minutes during the winter. Watch this video to learn more about warming up your vehicle.

If you want to keep your vehicle running like new, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at 301-585-7557. You can also visit our website to find out more about our automotive repair and maintenance services. If you live in the Maryland area, stop by and see us to find out how our automotive mechanics can keep your car in tip-top shape in any season.