Is It Bad to Turn Off Car Engine Immediately After Parking?

By Andrea Nicole

Posted on Jan 07, 2022

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Cars are wonderful machines, most of the time being used to get from point A to point B the fastest.


Behind its glamour and sometimes tough exterior, it requires gentle and delicate handling by the one driving it. Such TLC can extend a vehicle’s life drastically, and in turn allowing it to be used for a longer period of time.


Of the important parts in a motor vehicle the most important one is undoubtedly the engine. Without it, the car would never run. That statement alone proves the importance of taking care of a vehicle’s engine.


But how exactly can you take care of it? Is it bad to turn off the engine immediately after shifting to park? This article will help you answer that question.


What Kind of Car is Being Used?

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While there are many different kinds of engines many vehicles can have, two general classifications will be used in this comparison. A standard, everyday engine found in cars such as SUVs and sedans and a turbocharged engine found in many sports cars.


The engine differences make more of an impact in answering the question than you think, as both are built quite differently. A standard Inline, V or Flat engine works and makes the car run differently as an engine with a turbocharger.


Both kinds of engines run differently. A standard engine model gets everyday movement done efficiently while a turbocharged engine in a sports car emphasizes speed and fuel.


These differences are also the deciding factors in whether or not a vehicle’s engine needs some cooling down.


Does the Engine Have to be Cooled Down?

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Thanks to the many advancements in technology the automobile industry has gone through, in most cases there is no need to do such.


Modern vehicles of all sizes are programmed and designed to withstand even the harshest of environments and temperatures. Along with this, they are also more than capable of automatically shutting down the engine and its cooling systems.


In some cases, however, car engines come equipped with a turbocharger. Car models with such a device need to be left for a little while to allow the TC to cool off.


The reason for this is because turbocharged engines use oil-fed bearings. Oil being yet another vital component in running a car, it is important that the supply and flow isn’t cut off abruptly.


If you’re wondering what engine your car has, then brands like Toyota and Nissan with their consumer-grade vehicle line have standard engines fitted.


For engines with turbochargers, these are found in sports cars. They come from brands such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen.


How to Make the Car Cool Faster

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Say you really love your car or are extremely cautious with it and you still want to allow it to cool off properly. Despite it already being capable of doing this on its own, there’s still a quick and simple way to speed up the process.


By simply opening the hood of your car after the engine has been shut off, you are allowing the heat inside to escape. This not only will make your car engine and the other components cool faster, but hopefully give you peace of mind as well.


Some cars even have a turbo-timer fitted into it by the manufacturers. This device allows you to see that the fans cool the engine even after it has been turned off.


After a set amount of time, they in turn stop operating so your engine has been cooled without taking up your car’s battery.



In the end, it is really alright to just shut your engine off completely as soon as you park the car. In most cases, engines don’t come with a turbocharger and if it does then that is the only time you have to let it stay idle for a bit.


Modern technology has come a long way. This in turn makes things such as waiting for your engine to cool down no longer necessary.


This guide is applicable to vehicles in the modern day. If you’re running a car from around fifty years ago, however, then maybe it’s best to cool it off for a while.


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