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    Question winter warm up 2005 cts

    i have a remote start. i have been letting it warm for like 10-15 mins with the heat already on pre set when the car turns on.
    how long should i warm my car before driving? i live in canada and its cold lol! im a girl go easy. i want to know if i am just wasting gas or i am doing ok also will this damage my car? 2005 cts. thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadiroo
    i have a remote start. i have been letting it warm for like 10-15 mins with the heat already on pre set when the car turns on.
    how long should i warm my car before driving? i live in canada and its cold lol! im a girl go easy. i want to know if i am just wasting gas or i am doing ok also will this damage my car? 2005 cts. thanks guys!
    5 minutes max should be fine, my remote start is programmed to shut off after 12 minutes but I never let it idle for that long.

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    Re: winter warm up 2005 cts

    Depends on how cold it is..... Out here i dont let it idle for more then 5-8 minutes. The timer is set for 20. In canada your car will not get warm in 5 minutes. It takes mine at least 8 to get warm. It solely depends on where you live...

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    Yeah, sounds like you're doing what you should. Pretty sure my STS shuts off after 10 minutes. I only warm it up if it's colder than 30, otherwise it warms up in minutes.
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    Yeah 5 minutes max, even in Canada. No reason to let it warm up longer than that unless you're going to be taking the rpm's high.

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    Re: winter warm up 2005 cts

    cadiroo, i think i suggested this to you in another thread......move south, then you dont have to worry about it. haha
    my 03 stays in the garage. i leave about 4:30am and drive about 20 minutes and never turn the heat on.
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    Re: winter warm up 2005 cts

    ok guys thanks. so dont have the heat going automatically when i turn on the remote start in the house til after the 5 mins or it doesnt matter?

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    Re: winter warm up 2005 cts

    I live in Ottawa and it can get freaking cold sometimes. I let my car heat up for about 5 mins and I do have the heat on. When it is really cold, -20 Celsius or more, I would have the heat on at 29 or higher.

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    Re: winter warm up 2005 cts

    Excessive idling could cause problems. If you have a block heater, use it.
    I don't have the BH, and my car sits outside. I start it, turn on the seat heat, and if the windows are clear let it idle for 1 or 2 mins. then go.
    The best way to warm up a car is to drive it.
    I'm in Canada, too.

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    Re: winter warm up 2005 cts

    Quote Originally Posted by Argent1 View Post
    Excessive idling could cause problems. If you have a block heater, use it.
    I don't have the BH, and my car sits outside. I start it, turn on the seat heat, and if the windows are clear let it idle for 1 or 2 mins. then go.
    The best way to warm up a car is to drive it.
    I'm in Canada, too.
    ok ...dumb question... WHAT THE HECK IS A BLOCK HEATER?

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    Re: winter warm up 2005 cts

    A block heater is a small heating element that fits in the freeze plug hole in your engine. Agent1 is right it's the best protection for your cts in cold climate. My car came with one in wisconsin I don't know if the dealer did it or if it came from cadillac that way. But they don't cost much and this makes your caddy warm before you even turn the key. And the instant heat ain't bad either. Cold engine start up counts for 95% of all engine wear. That why cadillac wants synthedic oil in our cars to help fight this. So look for a plug under your hood and if you don't have one it would be maybe 75 dollars to have one installed. Hope this helps. Ron

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    Re: winter warm up 2005 cts

    cadiroo,
    Check your RPO sticker for a KO5 code. That will tell you if your car has one. It should be near or under the battery.
    Sometimes they are hard to see because they tape them up at the factory.Should be a 3 pronged plug showing if it's there.

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