You don’t have let your car sit and warm up for it to work right. It might seem like common knowledge, but that’s something that a lot of people in Texas and other southern areas didn’t know when they got hit with the cold the last two weeks. So, for them and a reminder for everyone else, the experts at Triple A say that drivers should start their engine and allow it to idle only for the time it takes to fasten your seatbelt. Driving the car normally and avoiding hard acceleration will bring the engine to a warmer temperature faster and reduces wear and exhaust emissions.
My first car was a 1978 Chevy Imapla. The butterfly, which allowed oxygen intake, would always freeze shut. I would have to pop the hood and smack it with a screwdriver until it unstuck.
More on this and other tips are HERE.