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Old 02-07-2014, 12:49 PM   #61
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We are seeing many types of birds that have never visited us before. I wonder if all the cold weather isn't causing them to winter over a little farther south this year?
Possibly. On the other hand, a local birdwatcher has explained that our lack of redpolls (a type of finch) this year is due to an excellent supply of pine cones - they are staying in northern forests instead of coming south and to our feeders. The temperatures are apparently not a problem for them.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:04 PM   #62
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I've never owned a vehicle with a remote starter (until a few days ago, having only lived in Alberta for three decades, and I haven't tried that one yet), so I think I'm allowed to point out that you can go out for a moment to turn the key - maybe while you are walking the dog or getting the newspaper - and then let the truck warm up while you are inside.
Brian. I know I could go out, turn the key, and come back in; but once out I may as well stay out. So I just complain about the cold a bit sometimes. Until a few years ago, I had never used a remote starter either. When they work, they are really nice to have. I am finding that the two I have used are not as reliable as I would have expected them to be.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:07 PM   #63
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I think idling the engine for a long time is not good for the engine or the environment.
Maybe order heated seats instead.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:22 PM   #64
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I think idling the engine for a long time is not good for the engine or the environment.
Maybe order heated seats instead.
Maybe I need to move to North Vancouver where the climate is more friendly.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:35 PM   #65
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I can't claim to be innocent. Used to idle the company car, but I figured that was my office, and they heat office buildings don't they? And, anyway, it was the company car.
Have a law in North Van to prevent idling more than two minutes. Don't think it's really enforced. You'd have to have an angry neighbour to get caught.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:39 PM   #66
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Brian. I know I could go out, turn the key, and come back in; but once out I may as well stay out. So I just complain about the cold a bit sometimes. Until a few years ago, I had never used a remote starter either. When they work, they are really nice to have. I am finding that the two I have used are not as reliable as I would have expected them to be.
Plus, the remote start is way more secure than leaving a key in an idling vehicle. This is something that thieves watch for. I hate vehicle thieves too.
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I think idling the engine for a long time is not good for the engine or the environment.
Maybe order heated seats instead.
When it is real cold around here, and your instrument panel is slow to display, a bit of warmth inside the vehicle is a nice thing. Plus, the window has to have a chance to defrost, or it is unsafe to drive.

As far as the vehicle goes, once it is running on all cylinders, and the oil pressure is good, driving it moderately for the first bit is actually a better way to warm it up, even for diesels.
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Old 02-07-2014, 02:49 PM   #67
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In my truck I go from 17 mpg to a bit more then 15 mpg in the winter. Letting it warm up costs a few bucks too.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:18 PM   #68
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One old mechanic friend told me each extreme cold weather start gives an engine as much wear as 500 - 1000 miles of highway driving. I always wondered if he was correct or just pulling numbers out of his___ . (And I would imagine that conventional vs synthetic oil could be a factor in that equation too.... but I surely do NOT want to start one of those oil debates!)
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:37 PM   #69
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While it there is no doubt a cold weather start puts more wear on an engine, it would be real hard to actually quantify this wear on a vehicle, and I really doubt it would be that bad. I would have vehicles that had the equivalent on a million miles a year put on them. The use of an engine block heater does help a lot though, as it at least warms up a part of your engine, and allows for a quicker complete warm up, with less wear and tear.
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Old 02-07-2014, 04:05 PM   #70
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It's only been snowing for about seven hours in Portland and I'm already sick of it. It's coming down sideways....
Gee, Donna, I will have to be more careful how I send wishes. When I wished that the West would get more snow and rain, I did not mean all at once.

Enjoy your indoor planning weekend, you have lots to dream about your new trailer.
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