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how long can i put the car on idle?

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i never done it, but i've always just wanted to play my PS2 in my car during lunch sometimes, but don't know what the effects are on the battery if i just turn the car and engine on, and leave it idle. (i have a full A/V stereo system with ps2)

usually, on long trips, it hasn't been too bad with the battery playing the ps2 or watching DVD for 2-3 hours at a time, but what about if i just leave the car on in a parking lot for an extended period??
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LAFENGAS summed it up real well

i read somewhere years ago that... idling your car for more than 45 seconds is the equivalent of restarting your engine... in terms of the wear and tear and the amount of gas wasted

i think you would be better off doing something else during your lunchtime instead of sitting around in your car playing ps2 while your engine is running
i don't know how old you are...
but... if you are in high school... go socialize... hang out with your friends... go hit on some girls...
if you are in college or beyond... i'm sure you can find something better to do
smoke said:
how many minutes is good enough to warm-up your car in the morning?
i agree with e46boy

just start it up.. wait til your rev drops a bit (should not take more than 30 seconds) and just roll at low RPM's
try to keep it under 2000-2500 rpm's until your temp gauge starts to rise
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