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Engine Block Heaters

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by skip, Oct 7, 2012.

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  1. skip

    skip Member

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    Electric car engine block heater for the cold weather, good or bad idea?

    Any thoughts
     
  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    The best idea since they invented instant grits!
     
  3. Shoot-at-em

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    I love mine. Every new vehicle that I've ordered in the last 20 years has had one. If I remember correctly, it was only $30-$40. I have mine set on a timer in the garage to come on 2-3 hours before I plan to leave- earlier if it is really cold.
     
  4. Tdog

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    There really isn't down side to installing one. How low temps does your vehicle experience?
     
  5. omgb

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    It's nice to have the engine crank when it's 20 below. I had them on all of my vehicles in MT and the govmt. one I drove in AK in the USAF. Freez plug heaters are OK but a good tank heater that circulates the coolant is better.
     
  6. GunDr

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    I've got a block heater on my F250 7.3 for those -30 degree mornings, truck fires right up. A tank heater as mentioned above is real nice. A tank heater will give you instant defrosters...a block heater, not quite.
     
  7. halfmile

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    I have one of the old Katz heaters I have used on various vehicles for 20 years. Still the best. Sounds like a coffeepot when running.

    HM
     
  8. Hauxfan

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    They are especially great if you park your car outside.

    Every morning when you walk out into that subzero temperature your car will start like it is 75 degrees out.

    You will love it!!!

    Hauxfan!
     
  9. drh08

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    Take the car are move south if you have to plug it in. Given no other choices they do what they are supposed to as long as you remember to plug the darn thing in.
     
  10. The Boy

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    Mobile 0-30 oil, forget block heater.
     
  11. skip

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    Thanks for the comments

    Garage will only hold two of my cars so one stays outside.

    Temperatures will hit zero several days each year, (Boston) I'm thinking warm block will wear less during cold starts

    I looked at the suggested block heater location and it's right behind the exhaust manifold on my Buick 3.8 V6 so it's not really a home project.

    Maybe the tank heater is a better option

    Thanks!
     
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