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    1. Junior Member MK7RIDER's Avatar
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      12-19-2019 10:47 AM #1
      Is it necessary to let the car warm up for 10 min because of the DSG?

      I heard that somewhere. I usually give it like 3 or 4 min and slowly cruise through my neighborhood before i have to get up to speed.

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      12-19-2019 10:54 AM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by MK7RIDER View Post
      Is it necessary to let the car warm up for 10 min because of the DSG?

      I heard that somewhere. I usually give it like 3 or 4 min and slowly cruise through my neighborhood before i have to get up to speed.
      Treat the Golf R like any other car. Be gentle on it until the oil reaches up to optimal temp which I believe some testing revealed is like 130F for optimal viscosity (I'm usure someone will correct me). The Golf and VWAG's DSG transmissions are in millions of cars from Russia to South Africa even police in nordic countries have DSGs and they hop in and go. no babying it but it's an expensive part so drive normally for the first few minutes.

      definitely don't idle the car for long. if it's truly cold out, a battery tender will help the battery last longer to keep CCAs up.

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      12-19-2019 10:58 AM #3
      Read your owner's manual... it's in the dash....



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      12-19-2019 11:06 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Vegeta Gti View Post
      Read your owner's manual... it's in the dash....



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      12-19-2019 11:14 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Vegeta Gti View Post
      Read your owner's manual... it's in the dash....



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      I looked around my dash, it is nowhere to be found. I did find it in my glovebox.

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    8. 12-19-2019 11:28 AM #6
      I think it's more like 100f. With the obd11, I put oil temp displayed in dash. Max it reaches is like 103.

      I used to get on the gas after engine temp was warm but it's surprising how much longer the oil takes to warm. Something like 3 mins driving vs 10 mins.

    9. 12-19-2019 11:36 AM #7
      I am fortunate enough to have my vehicle parked in a heated garage, but none the less, I usually start it up and within 10 seconds I’m backing out of the garage and I drive it like any other car, even in cold temps (10F-30F), usually the first 20seconds I take it a bit slower than normal. Never had any issues among the 3 R’s I’ve owned.


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      12-19-2019 11:51 AM #8
      If it's outside let the car idle till it does the auto kickdown then go ahead and drive normal. When it's super cold out the dsg is always a bit clunky in 1st in parking lots untill you get it warm.

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      12-19-2019 12:37 PM #9
      Just launch it out of the parking spot that'll get it up to temp quickly.

    12. 12-19-2019 01:47 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Ecsta View Post
      Just launch it out of the parking spot that'll get it up to temp quickly.
      I find it also helps to fully disable traction/stability control first.

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      12-19-2019 04:15 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by thomasr View Post
      I find it also helps to fully disable traction/stability control first.

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    14. 12-19-2019 05:20 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by rellybelly View Post
      With the obd11, I put oil temp displayed in dash.
      That's a pretty neat hack, especially for winter driving. I found the following in the master coding thread. Does it look about right?

      Oil Temperature Display in Cluster
      Displays the engine oil temperature in the cluster.

      Select Control unit 17

      Control unit long coding

      Byte 10

      Bit 01 Activate


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    15. 12-19-2019 10:09 PM #13
      I find that my oil temp doesn’t even display until 120-130f. This is through performance monitor and in the dash from the OBDeleven mod.

    16. 12-19-2019 10:11 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by thomasr View Post
      That's a pretty neat hack, especially for winter driving. I found the following in the master coding thread. Does it look about right?

      Oil Temperature Display in Cluster
      Displays the engine oil temperature in the cluster.

      Select Control unit 17

      Control unit long coding

      Byte 10

      Bit 01 Activate


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      No manual coding, just ran through the default apps, something like 'display oil temps'

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      12-19-2019 11:15 PM #15
      I wouldn’t worry about your DSG too much. Unless extremely cold (talking -30 or less C) I wouldn’t idle for more than a minute or so. That’s usually enough.

      If extremely cold, I let the car idle for 2-3 minutes to get the juices flowing. When it was extremely cold last winter, I did hear some whine in first gear only at low speeds. That went away after a few minutes of driving.


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      12-20-2019 12:04 AM #16
      I'm a boomer so I don't know anything. I drive immediately upon a cold start and keep the revs below 4K until the oil temps are 180 degrees or higher. I don't got WOT much, but only after oil temps are 200+. My cars and DSG seem to tolerate this nonsense okay.
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      12-21-2019 11:41 AM #17
      For this reason I wish the Golf had a block heater.

      Living here in Canada I just let it i'd while i get my phones bluetooth connected and whatnot, and get on the road after 30seconds to a minute.

      I just keep the RPM's below 3000 until I see 50ºC for the oil temp.

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      12-21-2019 01:53 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Spinal View Post
      For this reason I wish the Golf had a block heater.

      Living here in Canada I just let it i'd while i get my phones bluetooth connected and whatnot, and get on the road after 30seconds to a minute.

      I just keep the RPM's below 3000 until I see 50ºC for the oil temp.
      Try to keep it below 4k rpm until oil temp is fully up to operating (85C+)
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      12-21-2019 06:17 PM #19
      I start it up, let the idle settle and drive. It takes a few minutes to get through my neighborhood so i take it easy through there and then just drive normal. I save the asshat driving for after work when it’s usually above freezing.

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