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Is revving the engine to redline on idle at morning bad?

If your engine even has a problem carboning up, you don't clear it at cold start. Nor do you clear it by spinning the engine to redline. "Revving" isn't meaningful to diesel engine performance the ...
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Is revving the engine to redline on idle at morning bad?

Yes, this may be bad. The oil is not yet at the operating temperature, and the same is true for engine parts as well. I wouldn't redline a cold engine with cold oil. Your intention to clear carbon ...
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Should I avoid full throttle when driving with a cold engine?

Yes this is bad for your engine for a multitude of reasons. In fact, it's not good to run your engine at full throttle for extended periods of time unless the engine is designed to take it, whether it'...
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Is it true that most of the engine wear during its life time occurs during a cold start up?

From advanced-auto-maintenance.com: It’s widely acknowledged by automotive engineers that most engine wear occurs within this first ten minutes of driving before the engine has reached its highest, ...
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How would a camshaft start moving during a cold start?

Crank shaft has a pulley or a sprocket at the front end, which turns a cam shaft/shafts through a cam chain or cam belt (timing belt). 1 turn of a cam shaft = 2 turns of a crank shaft. At the other ...
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What exactly is meant by the phrase "plugging in your engine"?

In very cold climates there are electric heaters that replace the dip stick. They are plugged into an AC outlet and because they reach the oil pan they can apply heat directly to the oil. That way the ...
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Is it true that most of the engine wear during its life time occurs during a cold start up?

When your engine is cold, the gasoline is less likely to evaporate and create the correct ratio of air and vaporized fuel for combustion. Engines with electronic fuel injection have sensors that ...
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KTM Duke 390 - Does it have to be hot to ride?

Pretty Common Problem with the Duke 390 This is a very common issue with the KTM 390. There are dozens of posts regarding customers who are experiencing the same exact issue. Additionally, there are ...
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What happens when you start a car?

To supplement kyle's answer I'll include this excellent animation, since a picture's worth a thousand keystrokes. The section on Electrics and how the animation showing how the timing belt connects ...
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What are common cold weather starting issues with cars?

The main problem would be the battery, as already pointed out. In low temperatures batteries tend to lose power, and for batteries near the end of their lifetime this means that you won't have enough ...
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Clutch sticking, wait until engine's warm

It sounds like your clutch master cylinder is initially letting fluid past the piston seals. Pumping the clutch pedal sounds like it gets the piston sealing again so that the clutch starts to work. I ...
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Startup problems: low idle RPM and stall on pressing the accelerator

Not familiar with your vehicle/engine specifically, but familiar with carbed engines in general. I would think the #1 thing to look at would be the choke. Pumping before starting a carb vehicle is ...
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Is it possible to have glow plugs on all the time for certain amount of time?

The way the VW (so assuming Audi is similar) glow plugs are controlled on the TDI Jettas of similar vintage, the plugs should come on (what VW calls "pre-glow") whenever the block is cold. You should ...
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What are common cold weather starting issues with cars?

Ice Probably the most common problem that people have is when their car is parked in a moist environment below degrees, resulting in ice forming on some or all of the windows. To resolve this problem,...
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Car always takes several attempts to start, what's the problem?

There are two things I'd look at as the problem. First and most likely is the solenoid on the starter is almost shot. The solenoid has a large copper washer which is pressed into the two posts (one ...
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1989 s10 Blazer Cold Start issues

Take your car to a local parts store and have them check the battery. Old batteries lose cold cranking amps and it may just not be getting enough amperage to turn the engine and start the car. Often a ...
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Sufficient Oil Distribution after Cranking for a Long Time?

The ideal method requires a moderate level of mechanical skills. There is a tool available (small block Chevy oil pump primer) that turns the oil pump with out cranking the motor over. The distributor ...
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Hard cold starts only

I believe the key clue here is the fact the engine runs rough for a few minutes. This tells me that the cold-start enrichment, where the air-fuel mixture entering the cylinders is slightly rich, isn't ...
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Trouble starting car, cold weather. MB A140 W168

A car battery's power will drop with temperature. It would be my first port of call. Since the car ran fine when you had it jumpstarted with the help of your friend, I would have the battery tested ...
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2003 Toyota Avalon hard to start in cold weather

I believe the key clue here is the fact the engine runs rough for a few minutes. This tells me that the cold-start enrichment, where the air-fuel mixture entering the cylinders is slightly rich, isn't ...
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Is this diagnostic correct?

It may be the starter but you'd want to check for battery voltage at the B terminal on the starter and check that the circuit on the S terminal is OK first. When checking the S terminal have someone ...
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Starting my Honda Accord in Michigan winter?

The only requirement for the engine after start before power is applied is that enough oil is flowing to the camshaft, bearings and cylinder walls and piston rings. The cam and bearings are fairly ...
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What is causing my diesel car to struggle to start in cold (below 0°C) temperatures?

-10°C should be no big deal for any car to start in, including diesels. Many diesel cars have glow plugs that are activated during cold weather before start (yellow spiral symbol light on dashboard). ...
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Car Battery Loses Connection During Cold Weather

Sounds like your battery terminal connectors are stretched to the point that they are loose even when the bolt is fully tightened. Best fix would be to replace them with new connectors. ...
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If I start a previously unfueled small engine, do I keep choke on for first pull only or until it starts?

I think you're overthinking it a bit. Just follow the directions. As far as fuel in the float bowl, if the fuel tank is above the carb (which I believe is the case ... especially if it doesn't have a ...
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What are common cold weather starting issues with cars?

Batteries perform better when they aren't cold so often the first time a battery fails is when it is cold so if you could heat it up a bit it would probably start the car. This may be way cars ...
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KTM Duke 390 - Does it have to be hot to ride?

Firstly This is common on high capacity single cylinder engines where the compression ratios are very high compared to relatively sized multi cylinder engines. I have ridden a KTM 390 and I have ...
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Issues cold starting diesel van

One possibility is low cylinder compression, either due to gases getting passed the piston rings or passed poorly seating valves. If gasses are getting passed the rings, this could possibly be ...
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Hard cold starts only

This may sound strange but try preforming an induction service. There is a condition that can sometimes occur where excessive carbon builds up on the intake valves. When carbon is cold it is porous ...
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Should I avoid full throttle when driving with a cold engine?

Your engine wears faster when you apply full/big throttle. It is not so bad if your engine is warmed up, and you are not driving like this all the time, this is why you have the rev range up to 6500. ...
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