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Re: Block heater?

Postby boogie_4wheel - October 8th, 2015, 9:48 am

A couple years back I looked in to adding a block heater on mine. It replaces a freeze plug, and I want to say it was going to be about $150 installed at the dealership. It was dipping to -20*F. Slow cranking was expected, but it always started. And I was fortunate enough to allow 10min+ warmup time since it was parked right in front of my camp trailer.

I had added a block heater to a '97 GMC gas I had, it was a great upgrade, and I used it all winter for quicker warmups.

I prefer block heaters to remote start, but I also have easy access to my vehicles.
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Re: Block heater?

Postby MadMax - October 8th, 2015, 4:53 pm

My issues leaned more toward a freezing battery, so I got a battery warmer. That did the trick. Car starts instantly on the coldest of mornings :thumb:
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Re: Block heater?

Postby MazdaShark - October 8th, 2015, 9:56 pm

Yeah like I said I'm trying to spare the life of my head gaskets from the wear and tear of driving with no warm up time so I'm looking into an easier install application too, such as a heater that hooks in between the upper radiator hose. Anyone used one of these for a first gen V6?
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Re: Block heater?

Postby boogie_4wheel - October 9th, 2015, 12:11 am

MazdaShark wrote:such as a heater that hooks in between the upper radiator hose. Anyone used one of these for a first gen V6?


I tried one of those in-line jobbers on that '97 GMC truck I mentioned above. It sucked. Complete waste of electricity. That is when I did the freeze plug unit.

It would work well at keeping dogs water bucket from freezing, but did nothing on the small block V8.
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Re: Block heater?

Postby Mike Dee - October 9th, 2015, 7:09 am

If you are just looking for a cheap, simple and maybe temporary solution, when I was 20 or so lol, I used a magnetic heater, just stuck it to the middle of the block and used it on very cold days, it stuck there for years and I think I removed it when I scrapped the car.
It wouldnt be as effective so you would need it turned on much longer because it would have to warm the block before the coolant starts to warm up. They would be much more effective on thinner steel like oil pans or oil tanks for home furnace oil. For some reason they wont stick to an aluminum oil pan lol.
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Re: Block heater?

Postby escape05xls - October 9th, 2015, 2:11 pm

I put a pro heat pad on my oil pan for my 2005 XLS and it worked great. I would have it plugged in and on a timer so 2 hours before I went to work it would be heating.

http://proheatproducts.com/index.php?ma ... el4mcgede5

Fairly cheap and easy to install.
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Re: Block heater?

Postby MazdaShark - October 9th, 2015, 4:11 pm

What's the con of leaving the heater on all night I'm curious?
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Re: Block heater?

Postby escape05xls - October 9th, 2015, 4:53 pm

MazdaShark wrote:What's the con of leaving the heater on all night I'm curious?


Use of power, for me at least.
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Re: Block heater?

Postby Mike Dee - October 9th, 2015, 4:58 pm

I dont like leaving things unattended for extended periods, but thats me, If I'm plugged in then I like to park away from my garage a bit in case something happens, but I think most heaters only get to a certain temp before they shut off so that theres not much chance of them boiling away your oil as you sleep lol. A timer is good because it allows you to turn it on when needed, instead of 12 hours early when you get home from work the previous day. Many people and companies leave their vehicles plugged in for the same amount of time with no issues, if hydro is expensive than many use timers.
My issue is wasting hydro and possible risk of fire, even though its slim, you decide for yourself.
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Re: Block heater?

Postby MTNEscaped - October 9th, 2015, 5:19 pm

Loved the one I put in my 71' F-350 dually as it made the defrost instant! Looks like they make one for our Scapes:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Engine-Heater-f ... 15&vxp=mtr
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