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Re: [T3] pressures

On 5 Mar 2001, at 17:07, Barry Viss wrote:

> don't get good mileage normally: 16-18 mpg. On these cold mornings
> I spend almost as much time warming up than driving, but I'd rather
> use gas than use engine life by driving it cold.  The car is
> capeable, as I got 33 mpg once 

I'd just like to add my vote to this thought: The best way to warm up 
your engine after a cold start is to start it, let it run for 20-30 
seconds just to assure that you have oil pressure to everything, and 
then drive it moderately.

There is no better way to warm up an engine than driving moderately.

There's no worse way than to let it just sit and idle. This often 
runs the engine rich and leads to rapid engine wear as the 
lubrication gets washed off the cylinder walls by the excess gas.

Just changing this should improve your gas mileage, too, as well as 
your total gas consumption.

BTW, what is a "cold morning" to you? And how far do you drive to 
work? If this distance is really short, you might be better off 
taking a roundabout route one way or another once a day.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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