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Old 10-18-2006, 12:27 PM   #1
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winter driving

i'm kind of an ametuer when it comes to hypermilling and some other FE techniques. is their a way i can be FE in the winter months?
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:23 PM   #2
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keep warmup time to a minimum. keep and eye on tire pressure too. will change in the cold air. where do you live?
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mesa az. i keep my pressure at 42psi
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:50 PM   #4
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- Combine trips if at all possible to reduce the number of warm-up/cool down cycles in a tank.

- Use a block heater.

- Consider a WAI/HAI - it may or may not reduce fuel consumption when the car's already at normal operating temp, but it should help it to get there sooner.
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The best way to keep FE high in the winter is to park your car in a heated garage! Drives like a summer day in the dead of winter when it is nice and warm.
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Old 10-18-2006, 06:22 PM   #6
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Resist any temptation to let the car to warm up. Just scrape off the ice/snow and go.
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Resist any temptation to let the car to warm up. Just scrape off the ice/snow and go.
Isn't that bad for your engine / transmission though?
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I'me quite fortunate here , I have a heated car house where it is 30C all year round and an engine block heater as well.
I can drive out of my spot at full operating temperature even when its -35C outside.
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You should alow 10 seconds to warm up in cold weather (I can't remember were I heard that). That allows the fluids to move around a bit.
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If the windows need scraping I'll start it and do that. But none of this idling for 5-10-20-40 minute B.S.
That's what I do some times. Most of the time though, I just use tremendous amounts of washer fluid.
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