11 January 2016
Ride On

A Running Engine Will Take Care of Your Car Better than an Idle One

Idle CarIt is one of the simplest ways to keep your engine running while you buy some milk from the store; however, idling your car for a short while can have negative effects in the long run.

Vehicle idling occurs when the engine runs but the car does not. Drivers occasionally put their vehicles on idle when stuck in a traffic jam, but some drivers do so unnecessarily. It is a bad habit you can (and should) easily break, especially when you realise what it can do to your car.

More Wasted Fuel

One common myth among drivers is that starting your engine costs more fuel than just idling the vehicle. Technically, this is true, but for only about 5 to 10 seconds. Afterwards, idling uses more fuel than restarting your engine.

Engineers estimate that restarting the engine within the 5 to 10 seconds you turned it off is more fuel- efficient than leaving your car running. A vehicle idle for more ten minutes can actually cost you the equivalent of a quarter litres of fuel.

If it looks like you will not be away for only ten seconds or so, just turn off the engine.

Exhausts your Exhaust System

Excessive idling allows water to condense within your car’s exhaust system. According to Belair Mitsubishi Wreckers, provider of spare Mitsubishi car parts, when the condensed water infiltrates your exhaust system, it results in a lasting corrosion.

Replacement of exhaust systems is not exactly cheap. The replacement of an exhaust system can cost you up to thousands of dollars, depending on the make and model of your car.

What You Can Do

Rather than hurt your car by idling, just turn off your engine if you are waiting longer than ten seconds. As mentioned, restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it running. You can also warm up your engine better by driving rather than idling. When you sit in an idle car, you inhale more of the dirty exhaust rather than remove it.

Vehicle idling will waste your money and also cause damage to your car. If you need to wait or make a quick stopover, keep your car going or turn it off rather than leaving it idle.