5 mistakes when starting the engine: why a quick start can damage your car
Before every engine start, many unprofessional drivers make the same mistake.
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For example, it often happens that drivers turn on the ignition and immediately try to start the engine. However, this should not be done, especially in cold weather: starting work too quickly can lead to electronic settings being reset.
Experts note that it is undesirable to interrupt the process of turning on the ignition in the first seconds after it begins. Therefore, it is recommended to refrain from quickly turning the ignition key to the “start” position. Experts say that in the first seconds after turning on the ignition, the car’s electronics check the technical systems.
This includes analyzing information about current conditions, such as air temperature, and selecting an appropriate mixing algorithm. Interrupting this process can cause unburnt fuel to be released into the catalytic converter, which can damage the exhaust system over time.
Thus, experts advise taking your time and not trying to start the car as quickly as possible.