Updated: 01/23/2014 10:20 PM
Created: 01/23/2014 9:40 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
All this cold weather has many of us heading out the door 15 minutes early to warm up our cars, but what's really the best way to warm it up?
We all have our own little tricks.
"I let her warm up so her transmission fluid has a chance to warm up and she'll get up and go," explained Eric Ondler.
"I just got a car starter for a gift so I'm pretty happy about that," said Diane Anderson.
But how long do you wait?
"About 15 minutes," said Anderson.
"Probably at least 10 minutes," said Levi Baysinger.
Just sitting idle might not be the trick, however. We called around to several Duluth auto shops. Some said simply let the car run, but Gavin Aker with Allstar Service Center explained some fluids in your car won't warm up until your car is in motion.
"So when you first take off, even if your car has been idling outside for 15, 20 minutes or even a half hour, that's not going to have any affect on gear lube and differential transfer cases or even transmissions," said Aker.
Aker recommends letting your car run for two minutes; any longer and it's simply for the comfort of the driver. Then, take the first mile or two easy on the gas pedal. Not doing so, said Aker, could put your car at higher risk of internal damage.
But there's another way to warm up your car. Block heaters will set you back between $50-$100, but Aker said they are the surest way to keep your car starting and keep it warm.
"It just sits in the coolant and when you plug it into the extension cord, the element heats up and keeps the coolant hot," explained Aker.
Lincoln Park Home Engulfed in Flames Early Wednesday
A home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood was enveloped by flames early Wednesday morning. Our crew arrived around 5:00 a.m. at the 2700 block of West 4th Street in Duluth.
Superior Murder Trial Delayed after New Evidence Released
Juan Leonardo Padilla, 40, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., is charged with the shooting death of 46-year-old Terrance Rodney Luukkonen of Duluth last May. Luukkonen was shot outside his workplace at Genesis Attachments in Superior.
Homemade Audio Unveiled During Day 2 of Byron Smith Murder Trial
It was a homemade recording inside Byron Smith's home. The hand held device was next to Smith's chair during the shootings. Smith didn't turn it over to police, or even tell them about it. Investigators found the evidence while searching Smith's home the day after the shootings. Although it was 6 hours long, 14 minutes of the audio clip were played in court Tuesday.
Construction to Begin on Last Major St. Louis County Road Damaged by 2012 Floods
While the devastating floods of 2012 may be a distant memory for some, there are still some visible scars left - including on one western Duluth road. 57th Avenue West and Highland Street is the last major St. Louis County road still damaged by the flooding.
Duluth School Board Approves Plan to Help Sell Central High
One of Duluth's most scenic vantage points - the Central High School property, has been up for sale for most of four years, but still sits empty. On Tuesday night, school and city leaders took a step to do something about that: a formal working arrangement has been made.