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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-15-2016, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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Eclipse Driving Habits/hazards?

Just wanted an opinion on if the way I drive my GT can be considered harmful to the engine/components in any way. Since I've got plenty of low end, I typically short shift at ~2000rpm and rarely feel the need to exceed 3k. I never let my car warm up before I drive and most days my commute is less than 2 miles. However, I always use 91 grade fuel and have reasonably fresh synthetic oil and a decent filter. During the summer I do the odd pull to redline now and then, but haven't had much opportunity to do so this winter. Would these habits cause any sort of carbon build up or any other nasty problem?

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No, driving the car for that short of a period of time will just cause excessive wear on the bearings over time.

A friend of mine has a 5 minute drive to work, so he actually takes a long, out of the way path, that takes an extra 5-10 minutes to warm the vehicle up before coming into work.

In the summer he just rides his bike.

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Should be fine. It's wise to let your car sit for a min when temperatures are below freezing tho just to have everything lubricated by the time you take off. Only thing that will wear out quicker is your battery since 5 min is usually not enough to fully charge the battery so in the long term your battery might not last as long.

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A group 5 synthetic cannot sludge up which is what happens when moisture collects from lots of short drives. Might want to look into that. Otherwise, you're fine.

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