WhichCar
Powered by
  • WheelsWheels
  • MOTORMOTOR
  • 4X4 Australia4X4 Australia
  • Street MachineStreet Machine
  • Trade Unique CarsTrade Unique Cars

Continental Car Lab | Do you still need to warm your car up?

By Tim Robson, 11 Jun 2020 Car Advice

Getting to the bottom of the myth about warming up the old banger before blazing off

Continental Car Lab | Do you still need to warm your car up?

Is there truth to the rumour that you need to warm up the car engine before driving? Do you listen to your uncle on Christmas Day when he swears blind that you need to warm the car motor up every morning?

Holden Kingswood engine WhichCar

There’s truth and fallacy in the statement, and it comes down to age. Simply put, the older the car, the more there’s substance to the story of giving your engine a warm-up.

Older cars ran very simple cooling systems which simply needed more time to come up to temperature.

Warming up engine

With a more modern car, the same doesn’t hold true, thanks to sophisticated cooling circuits that negate the need to warm up the car engine before setting off.

Watch the video for more! 

MORE FROM THE CONTINENTAL CAR LAB

WhichCar TV

4:00pm Sundays, Channel 10 (check local guides)

MISSED THE SHOW? Catch up at Ten Play