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Tomorrow here in Wisconsin the HIGH temperture will reach -3 and windy, :eek:4:yuke, not my kind of weather to ride a Goldwing.

My wife's car (Ford Escort) will be sitting outside at work for approx. 10 hours at that temperture.

She ask me tonight if she should start her car and leave it idle for awhile after 5 hours at work, or leave it sit and drive it home after 10 hours.

What would be best?
 
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Tomorrow here in Wisconsin the HIGH temperture will reach -3 and windy, :eek:4:yuke, not my kind of weather to ride a Goldwing.

My wife's car (Ford Escort) will be sitting outside at work for approx. 10 hours at that temperture.

She ask me tonight if she should start her car and leave it idle for awhile after 5 hours at work, or leave it sit and drive it home after 10 hours.

What would be best?
If it will start after 5 hours at work, it will start after 10. So you'd just be wasting gas for 5 hours of idle time. I am assuming that's the line of thinking, that somehow the car will be colder after 10 hours than 5.
 

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The wind chills here in Wausau WI. are going to be brutal here tomorrow also. If at all possible park the car so its not facing into the wind, it will make a big difference.
 
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The wind chills here in Wausau WI. are going to be brutal here tomorrow also. If at all possible park the car so its not facing into the wind, it will make a big difference.
Vehichle's DO NOT feel wind or wind chill. The only temp that matter's to a battery is the ambient air temp.
 

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As long as her car is in good working order it should start fine.

The only effect that wind chill has on inanimate objects, such as vehicles, is that it shortens the time that it takes the object to cool to the actual air temperature (it cannot cool the object down below the actual temperature).
 

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Vehichle's DO NOT feel wind or wind chill. The only temp that matter's to a battery is the ambient air temp.
I know they say wind chill don't matter, I am just basing my opinion on personal experiences. Had vehicles at home wouldnt start in morning facing into the wind, back them into the wind and they would start the next morning --go figure.
 
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I know they say wind chill don't matter, I am just basing my opinion on personal experiences. Had vehicles at home wouldnt start in morning facing into the wind, back them into the wind and they would start the next morning --go figure.
No disrespect intended, but my statement that cars don't feel the wind or wind chill is based on science and facts. Wind Chill is a cooling effect that is based on the evaporative effect that wind has on the human skin. This wind chill makes the air feel colder to us than it actually is. A car and car battery have no skin. The only temperature that affects a batteries ability to crank the starter motor is based on the actual air temp.

Your statement that you should avoid parking your car in the wind has no basis in science. Just because your car didn't start, you incorrectly inferred that it was due to wind.
 

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:doorag: All of the above and have the proper oil and antifreeze mixture for that temp. Do you have a block heater on the engine? I would worry about oil flow at startup.:p
 

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When the temperature was above -30c we would shut down the diesel equipment for upwards of 8 hours. When the temperature reached
-31c the diesels were left running 24 hours a day. Only stopped if something needed replacing, not even stopped to fuel.
We were never concerned about any gasoline powered vehicles not starting, especially at only -3F.
 

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No disrespect intended, but my statement that cars don't feel the wind or wind chill is based on science and facts. Wind Chill is a cooling effect that is based on the evaporative effect that wind has on the human skin. This wind chill makes the air feel colder to us than it actually is. A car and car battery have no skin. The only temperature that affects a batteries ability to crank the starter motor is based on the actual air temp.

Your statement that you should avoid parking your car in the wind has no basis in science. Just because your car didn't start, you incorrectly inferred that it was due to wind.
You ever blow on a spoon or bowel full of hot soup?? I always try to park my Big Truck to keep as much wind as possible from the motor when really cold and warm her up good before I shut her off. That cast iron block will retain heat longer than you think. Let her "cold soak" and try to start her can be a son of a buck...just experience here talkin ;)
 

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Starting the engine after 5 hours of sitting doesn't do anything for the engine. HOWEVER, it will allow your battery to charge. It gets cold up here (lot's more than you get, which by the way I grew up in Antigo if you know where that is) and when its down to -15 or below, I start it at lunch time while at work to charge the battery back up. The autostart runs it 15 mins and then shuts off. I know many, many people up here that do that. By the way, the cold spell you're getting was here for 2 weeks before it moved down south.
 
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With the weather man forcasting wind chill temps of -30 today, I plan on staying right here on this site and talk about riding. :capwin:
 

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Best choice is what I did, left Wisconsin, the land of four seasons, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, and WINTER. Here in Florida, nice winter, nice spring, hurricanes, nice fall, but can do all in a T-Shirt, and no shoveling!!!
 

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She'll be fine leaving it sit all day. If it starts after 5 hours, it'll start after 8. Make sure she's got a good battery. Look into getting her remote start for her car. A good one that's rated at "1 mile" (I think they inflate that number a bit) and she can probably start it from her desk. That was one of the best things I put on my last car. One day I'll get it on my truck.

Or, do what I do. I've been working from home since yesterday. I'll do it again tomorrow too. ;)
 
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