My new job requires me leaving at 5am and I daily drive my truck, which is considerably loud at idle with the cam and just a single chambered muffler no cats. With it being cold I usually like to let my stuff idle for about 15 minutes to get warm and let the oil loosen up before I hit the road, but I'm worried that doing that at 4:40 in the morning when my truck parks right next to someone's kitchen and bedroom, will lead to getting complaints. So has anyone here combated this with your stuff or do you just say fuck the world? Lol
Don't let your truck warm up by idling. Hard on the rings, wastes fuel, etc.
The best way to warm up a cold vehicle is to drive it gently. Keep it below 3000rpm until it's up to normal temp.
Yeah, it sucks getting into a cold car, but dress for the weather and you'll be fine. Within 2 to 3 minutes of driving, it'll be blowing warm air. If you have heated seats, use them, you'll be comfortable while the car warms up as they start working almost immediately.
Trust me, I live in northern Minnesota. So far it's been -10 or colder actual temp when I leave the house. I turn the car on, scrape the windows, and within 30 seconds to a minute am driving away.
If your car is loud, at idle it shouldn't be a huge deal. Had a neighbor with a harley that would idle it up in the morning, mildly irritating, but not the end of the world, and that was only when my windows were open. If they were shut, wasn't an issue.