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Old 01-31-2019, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 3 degrees F in NY - 1st time starter motor engaged

Holy polar vortex, batman!
After 8 years the starter motor turned the car over for the first time ... took 20 minutes for the blue temp light to go off at idle
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took 20 minutes for the blue temp light to go off at idle
It warms up faster when driven than when idling.
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Mine too at 2 degrees. The starter sounded just like my 94 accord.

I drive 10 miles before I felt heat. But then I only burned a quart of gas.
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It is warm here: https://www.accuweather.com/en/ru/kr...orecast/293708
Listen to the sound of a starter - how to listen to your favorite music
I have to additionally warm the battery under the hood, so as not to freeze.
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Just for the record I believe your car only needs idle for 30 seconds before driving, then driving (calmly) is actually better for the engine.
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While it may or may not be better for the engine it certainly isnt better for my quickly aging - and highly susceptible to the cold - ***. I start it, run inside and once it warms up then i beat it. Ive already resolved that my next car will have remote start.
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It never really warms up when it's below freezing and just idling. Next time before you drive it, open the the hood and feel the lower radiator hose. Bet it's stone cold even after 10 minutes idling.
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Just for the record I believe your car only needs idle for 30 seconds before driving, then driving (calmly) is actually better for the engine.
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While it may or may not be better for the engine it certainly isnt better for my quickly aging - and highly susceptible to the cold - ***. I start it, run inside and once it warms up then i beat it. Ive already resolved that my next car will have remote start.
You can get a remote start installed in most cars. I'm not sure anyone installed one on the Insight.
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Though I drive a first gen, I think the following would be useful. I put a piece of corrugated plastic in front of the radiator that covers 3/4 or more of the radiator/grill opening. It's tall enough it doesn't hit the hood when it closes and is 20 or inches wide. Just idling, my car will at least warm to 2, sometimes 4 bars after a short bit in temps below freezing. Once on the road, it warms rather quickly, hitting 6 bars within a mile of my house. I install the plastic in late NOV through April.
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