Tag: idling

45 Posts

Does idling with the AC on damage the car
Dec 31, 2015

Best New Car For an Insurance Adjuster?

Dear Car Talk

Richard is getting ready to replace his Toyota Tundra and likes the Subaru Forester. But has Subaru resolved their head gasket problems? Car Talk's answer here. 

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Damage caused by idling
Jul 28, 2015

Can Car Talk Convince People to Stop Idling? A Reader's Plea

Dear Car Talk

Patrick's town is full of idlers. The worst offender is the illegal 18-wheeler that idles for 30-45 minutes at at time, in his neighborhood. Can Car Talk convince people to just cut it out?

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Do RVs need to idle before running
Jan 09, 2014

Idling is for Inconsiderate Knuckleheads

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John manages an RV park and he wonders why his guests run their engines for 30 minutes before they roll out each morning. Tom has a few choice words for these folks (see above). And Ray explains why this is not only unnecessary, it can actually cause damage to the engines of the RVs.

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Does warming up a car extend its life
Dec 16, 2013

Today: Save Our Skoda

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Kunaal loves his 2011 Skoda Fabia and wants it to last forever, so he takes care to always warm up the car before he drives and he never runs the AC during the first few minutes of the trip. Tom and Ray think this is unnesessary for someone who lives in Mumbai, unless temperatures drop to well below freezing....in which case Kunaal will have much bigger problems. Find out why, right here.

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why is excessive idling tough on an engine
Apr 01, 2011

Why is "excessive idling" considered to be "severe duty"?

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Why in the world is "excessive idling" defined as "severe duty" in all owner's manuals? I read in one column that idling is harder on the valve train than running at red-line is! What's the explanation? Lower oil pressure? Hotter...

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Warming cars up in winter
Jan 01, 2010

Should John the valet be warming up cars?

Dear Car Talk

I am a valet at a local country club in Wisconsin. As you well know, it gets very cold here in the winter months, and that leads to my question. As a favor to the members who choose to valet...

winter idling

Jun 01, 2008

Today: What a crazy way to charge a cell phone!

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While on my evening walk, I went past a small SUV with the engine running. On the return leg of my walk, the engine was still running. At the completion of my walk, I went back to check the vehicle...

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Jan 01, 2008

Do cars need to warm up, on cold winter mornings?

Dear Car Talk

With the cold New England winter weather about to swoop down on us, I have a queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Why, you ask? Because every winter when my boyfriend and I get into my car, I start it, then I...

winter idling

does it make any sense at all to turn off your truck at every traffic stop
Nov 01, 2007

Is it loony to turn off your truck at every stop?

Dear Car Talk

I suppose it goes without saying that any father-in-law seems crazy to the son-in-law, and, perhaps more emphatically, the son-in-law seems crazy to the father-in-law (What? This thing hoodwinked my daughter, etc.?) But let me present a specific case that...

idling fuel economy

Jul 01, 2007

Idling for long periods might not damage your car -- but there are other reasons why it's a lousy idea.

Dear Car Talk

I heard a caller on your show describe sitting in her car for 20 minutes while it idled so she could run her air conditioner and listen to her stereo. I couldn't have been the only one who cringed at that...

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