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Is Idling Bad For Your Car?

Your car is a brilliant machine as long as it’s engine is properly tuned.

You will not damage any part of the engine if it’s at operating temperature, your fuel injection is accurate, and your exhaust system is not stuffed with a foreign object.

The question you should be asking yourselves is why are you idling for a long period of time in the first place.

Charging your phone

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You can’t live without your phone and you are no where near a power point. So you keep your car running to get a some battery charged into your phone.

It is not very wise to trade precious fuel for some battery life on your phone. The power bank is invented for this purpose but not your car.

Picking up someone who takes forever

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Patience is a virtue, they said. But picture this, you are in your car with the engine running while your friend is trying to take the perfect selfie knowing that you are waiting.

Turn off the engine when you know that you are going to wait for more than 5 minutes. Why? Because those hydrocarbons coming from your vehicle is not doing mother nature any good.

Warming up

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Your car don’t need no pilates every morning before the journey. Warming up the car before driving off is so yesterday.

In the present day, almost every car comes with fuel injection and on-board computer systems which practically makes the car ready to go in less than 1 minute.


The next time you are idling in the comfort of your car, do Mother Nature a favor and shut it off.

Do you believe it is still practical to warm up modern cars before driving? Share this with your friends if you think they should stop being old school.

September 06, 2017
written by Isaac Wong
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