Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

7:00AM - 5:00PM
7:00AM - 5:00PM
7:00AM - 5:00PM
7:00AM - 5:00PM
7:00AM - 5:00PM
Closed
Closed

901 W Brandon Blvd
Brandon, FL 33511
813-654-8686

 

AUTONET TV

Wasteful Thinking

Posted June 7, 2020 8:28 AM

With the weather getting colder, you might be tempted to start your vehicle up, let it idle for 15 or 20 minutes and then get in the nice, cozy cabin.  Some vehicles offer remote starting that let you do that from the comfort of your home or apartment.  But is letting your vehicle idle like that good for it?

Manufacturers say it doesn't harm the vehicle.  They say it's because modern vehicles are made differently from those in the past.  Just about all newer vehicles employ fuel injection which uses computers to adjust the amount of gasoline that goes into the cylinders.  The engine gets only the fuel it needs, taking conditions into account.

Older vehicles, on the other hand, used to use carburetors.  When you started a cold engine, the carburetor wasn't able to adjust the gasoline amount depending on conditions.  Some of the gasoline would mix with oil and the pistons wouldn't get the same lubrication as they would with undiluted oil.

So yes, you can warm up your newer vehicle for your own personal comfort.  But consider how much fuel you are wasting.  That is not only throwing away money, it's a waste of natural resources.  And it puts more carbon into the atmosphere. 

Automakers have to be mindful of what fuel economy their vehicles can achieve.  So the flip side of the remote starts they offer is a "stop-start" feature.  When you stop your vehicle, even at a stoplight, your vehicle will turn the engine off.  When you take your foot off the brake and step on the accelerator, it starts up right away.  That feature can save as much as 10 percent of the fuel your vehicle uses. 

Your vehicle may not have that start-stop feature, but you can still save fuel by shutting off your engine manually if you are waiting somewhere, like a parking lot or perhaps sitting outside your child's school waiting to pick him or her up.  It saves you money and contributes to a healthier atmosphere for our planet.

autoclinic of brandon
901A WEST BRANDON BLVD
brandon, florida 33511
813-654-8686



Search



Archive

December 2009 (3)
January 2010 (3)
February 2010 (4)
March 2010 (4)
April 2010 (5)
May 2010 (2)
June 2010 (1)
July 2010 (4)
August 2010 (4)
September 2010 (3)
October 2010 (3)
November 2010 (4)
December 2010 (5)
January 2011 (4)
February 2011 (4)
March 2011 (5)
April 2011 (4)
May 2011 (4)
June 2011 (1)
August 2011 (3)
September 2011 (3)
October 2011 (2)
December 2011 (4)
February 2012 (2)
March 2012 (4)
April 2012 (4)
May 2012 (1)
June 2012 (3)
July 2012 (1)
August 2012 (1)
November 2012 (1)
December 2012 (2)
March 2013 (1)
April 2013 (4)
May 2013 (1)
September 2013 (1)
October 2013 (5)
November 2013 (2)
January 2014 (2)
February 2014 (4)
March 2014 (1)
July 2014 (4)
August 2014 (7)
September 2014 (4)
October 2014 (5)
November 2014 (4)
December 2014 (4)
January 2015 (5)
February 2015 (4)
March 2015 (4)
April 2015 (4)
May 2015 (3)
June 2015 (5)
July 2015 (1)
September 2015 (2)
October 2015 (4)
November 2015 (5)
December 2015 (2)
February 2016 (2)
March 2016 (3)
April 2016 (4)
May 2016 (5)
June 2016 (4)
July 2016 (5)
August 2016 (4)
September 2016 (4)
October 2016 (4)
November 2016 (5)
December 2016 (4)
January 2017 (5)
February 2017 (4)
March 2017 (4)
April 2017 (4)
May 2017 (5)
June 2017 (4)
July 2017 (5)
August 2017 (3)
September 2017 (3)
October 2017 (4)
November 2017 (5)
December 2017 (3)
January 2018 (5)
February 2018 (4)
March 2018 (4)
April 2018 (5)
May 2018 (4)
June 2018 (3)
July 2018 (5)
August 2018 (4)
September 2018 (5)
October 2018 (4)
November 2018 (4)
December 2018 (5)
January 2019 (5)
February 2019 (4)
March 2019 (5)
April 2019 (4)
May 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
August 2019 (4)
September 2019 (5)
October 2019 (4)
November 2019 (4)
December 2019 (5)
January 2020 (5)
February 2020 (4)
March 2020 (5)
April 2020 (4)
May 2020 (5)
June 2020 (4)
July 2020 (2)

Categories

Air Conditioning (12)Alignment (15)Alternator (1)Auto Safety (7)Automotive News (7)Battery (12)Battery Replacement (1)Brake Service (2)Brakes (14)Cabin Air Filter (7)Check Engine Light (3)Cooling System (14)Customer Detective Work (1)Dashboard (3)Diagnostics (6)Did You Know (4)Diesel Maintenance (1)Differential Service (2)Drive Train (9)Emergency Items (1)Engine Air Filter (2)Exhaust (7)Fluids (16)Following Recommended Intervals (3)Fuel Economy (7)Fuel Filter (1)Fuel Pump (1)Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil (1)Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down (2)Fuel System (44)Headlamps (3)Inspection (5)Keys to a long lasting vehicle (5)Maintenance (55)Making Your Vehicle Last (1)Monitoring System (3)Oil Change (5)Older Vehicles (4)Parts (9)Safe Driving (1)Safety (5)Serpentine Belt (3)Service Intervals (9)Service Standards (12)Shocks & Struts (7)Steering (9)Suspension (2)Timing Belt (8)Tire Rotation and Balancing (1)Tires (1)Tires and Wheels (41)Transfer Case (1)Transmission (7)Warranty (1)What Customers Should Know (26)Wheel Bearings (1)Windshield Wipers (7)