With the onset of seriously cold winter temperatures in the Northeast, please remember to warm your engine before speeding away in your exotic, sports or any car in cold weather.
As tempting as it is to jump in and mash the gas pedal down, accelerating hard before the engine has a chance to warm the engine oil is harmful to your engine.
Engine Idling vs Restarting
While on the subject of cold weather driving, found this article on idling, which refutes the myth that idling a car is more environmentally friendly than restarting the engine. Drive the car to warm it, don’t idle. Sharing an excerpt from ‘the Daily Green’:
1. Driving Warms the Car Faster than Idling. If your concern is not the health of the car, but simply your own creature comforts, Bob Aldrich of the California Energy Commission points out that “idling is not actually an effective way to warm up a car — it warms up faster if you just drive it.”
2. Ten Seconds Is All You Need. Environmental Defense Fund, which produced the Idling Gets You Nowhere campaign, advises motorists to turn off their ignition if they’re sitting stopped for more than 10 seconds. “After about ten seconds, you waste more money running the engine than restarting it”.
3. Idling Hurts the Car. According to the Hinkle Charitable Foundation’s Anti-Idling Primer, idling forces an engine “to operate in a very inefficient and gasoline-rich mode that, over time, can degrade the engine’s performance and reduce mileage.”
4. Idling Costs Money. Over a year of five minutes of daily idling (which causes incomplete combustion of fuel), the “Anti-Idling Primer” estimates that the operator of a V-8-engined car will waste 20 gallons of gasoline, which not only produces 440 pounds of carbon dioxide but costs at least $60.
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Wil de Groot with ‘Rambo Lambo’ Lamborghini LM002 American
Taking a throwback look to 2016 when our client’s Lamborghini LM002 American was a featured display for a season at the American Automobile Club Association Museum (AACA) in Hershey, PA. Here is Wil de Groot on display with this highly desirable ‘American’ model, of which only 60 were built. (Note: Wil was not a permanent part of the exhibit).
This 26 year old rare Italian SUV was treated to some extensive autobody refinishing at Exoticars USA to bring it back to its full glory. The story of these late 80s raging bulls is fascinating so please do go to Wikipedia or a Lamborghini fan site and read more.
If you are into automotive history and your are visiting the area, we heartily recommend a trip to the museum. Spanning three floors, the museum facilities are top notch and there are always interesting vehicles on exhibit.
Click on the logo to go straight to the AACA website for directions, a list of current exhibits and complete information.
The AACA is a member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program.
It’s been a long winter 2017 in the Northeast. Finally, Spring is here! Is your prized sports car ready to launch onto the track or tear down the road trouble free? If not and you encounter problems when you take the cover off and turn the key here’s a great intuitive article on auto repair basics we spotted on the FTC Consumer Protection website. Call us if you need help!
The more you know about your vehicle, the more likely you’ll be able to head off repair problems. Click the link to read about trouble shooting problems with your
Tune-up – what is a tune up for modern cars
Fluids – identify fluids and check for source of puddles
Smells – identify problem sources by their odor
Sounds – squeaks, squeals, rattles, rumbles, and other sounds
Feel -difficult handling, rough ride, vibration and poor performance are symptoms you can feel. They almost always indicate a problem.
Great article covering the basics that every car owner should be familiar with, whether you’re driving a LaFerrari or it’s your child’s VW.