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Old 10-17-2007, 01:18 AM   #1
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What is your guys's opinion on engine block heaters?

Keep in miond I live in Alaska and were supposed to have a coooold winter ahead of us.

So what do you think? Frost plug type? Tank type?

Keep in mind I am mechanically inexperienced. So far what I have deduced is that tank styles are the most effective and that frost plugs are the easiest to install.

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Old 10-17-2007, 01:32 AM   #2
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Taylor the only one i've seen are the freeze plug type and they seem to work good for the mountains around here. In Subarus at least.

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Old 10-17-2007, 08:45 AM   #3
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I think it depends on how much outside time it gets parked. Block heaters work well, inline hose heaters also work, keep in mind though that this does not heat the oil, good reason to run a synthetic oil in everything. There are also magnetic heaters that will adhere to your oil pan and heat the oil or you can use a dipstick heater. Another approach if it is parked in a garage or other shelter is a radiant heater that you park over.
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in alaska it is probabaly a very good idea!
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I have seen some that look like an oil dipstick that you put down the tube and then plug in. Never used one or heard anything about them though.
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:12 PM   #6
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how about just parking it in the garage?
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Old 10-21-2007, 02:06 PM   #7
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i think the freeze plug types are the most inexpensive, they only warm the bottom part of the block though. i think they do a good enough job and dont use up too much electrity. there are also battery blankets that warm the battery so you have all the cca's that you should have. I do have a 68 gmc pickup that has an external engine heater that has a pump built into it. it starts better at negative 40 in the winter than any day in the summer cause it heats the coolant and pumps it through the whole system so your head is warmed too. plus you only have to plug it in for a half hour before you fire it up and your heater blows hot intantly. i'm not sure where to get one I think they might be for tractors. in that old truck it is teed into the heater hoses i think. i have freeze plug type in my 99 sahara and am not worried. they have woked in every other vehicle i have owned
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just ran into this online.. check it out

(block heater ?kit¿)
http://www.wyckoffchryslerparts.com/enblhe.html
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Old 12-22-2007, 03:43 PM   #9
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WOW!!! I haven't thought about block heaters in years. They are a good idea for the northern states.
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lol i just saw this heater on that website and i'm like "hey there was a thread few months ago asking for a heater"
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:28 PM   #11
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WOW!!! I haven't thought about block heaters in years. They are a good idea for the northern states.
Mine is black, furry and about 5 pounds, named Ella.

She likes to sleep in the engine compartment. Have to bang on the hood getting into the heep so I don't have cat innards all over the engine compartment.
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Mine is black, furry and about 5 pounds, named Ella.

She likes to sleep in the engine compartment. Have to bang on the hood getting into the heep so I don't have cat innards all over the engine compartment.


That is an interesting use of a pet Dare.
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Pet?

No, I go over to the neighbor's and snatch her out of their garage.
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I have always used engine block heaters in all the vehicals i have owned. I have only had my Jeep for about 3 weeks though now, and i plan on switching over to Mobil one synthetic when i get the oil changed. I park in the garage all the time now when im at home, but if its going to get down to -25 or so i will still plug in the heater. If anything it helps warm up faster.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:41 AM   #15
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how hard are those freeze plug type styles to install?
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how hard are those freeze plug type styles to install?

Not really sure how hard it is on a jeep. Mine was already put in when i got it. On other vehicals that i have put one in on, the instructions would say which frost plug to use. You would drain all your antifreeze, Pop out the frost plug, Put in the frost plug heater and tighten ( but do not over tighten ) , fill Jeep back up with antifreeze, run the jeep and check for leaks. Hopefully there is none. Then run your cord to a place where you can get to it easy for pluging it in to an electricity sorce.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:37 PM   #17
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Then run your cord to a place where you can get to it easy for pluging it in to an electricity sorce.

for that i assume you can make another plug at the jeep so you can disconnect it from the jeep every mourning instead of disconnecting it from the wall and having to wrap the cable together and be worried that it might fall or whatever..


In other words like an extension cord that leads to the jeep and the jeeps cable is very short...
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:54 PM   #18
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Many very cold climate areas have plugs as part of the parking meters and in many parking lots. Air Force bases I've been to in Greenland and Maine have radiant heaters in the floors that you park over, seen those years ago in the SAC bases for the crew dog trucks on the ready line, not for just wheeled stuff but for the interceptors parked in revetments.
Old girlfriend yeas ago had a Fiat that NEEDED a dipstick heater once it got below about 30F or it would not start but that was an interesting car as it had an electric heater and did not use the cars coolant to heat with.
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Old girlfriend yeas ago had a Fiat that NEEDED a dipstick heater once it got below about 30F or it would not start but that was an interesting car as it had an electric heater and did not use the cars coolant to heat with.
lol long ago my parents used to have a fiat panda.. lol that engine was air cooled man

from my research that thing is 652 cc and makes wooping 20 hp at the crank and it has a solid single axle!!!

I remember parking w/that thing.. my dad would dive the front into a very small parking spot and carry the rear to the sidewalk.. (NO JK)
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That is an interesting use of a pet Dare.
Looks like I'm not the only one...

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JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A car-owner in the South African capital Johannesburg was driven to desperation when she found a family of Cape Hyrax, small animals that resemble guinea pigs, living in the engine of her BMW.

Hoping to shake off the short-eared, short-tailed creatures known locally as dassies she drove at high speed to a dealership on the other side of town, but failing to do so dumped the vehicle there without giving an explanation.

Astonished staff at the BMW dealership phoned Johannesburg Zoo and asked them to come and rescue the animals as the car had been abandoned in their washbay and was interfering with their work, a zoo official told AFP.

"The guys (BMW staff) called us and said that there was movement in the engine, that there were animals (there)," said collection manager at the zoo Dominic Moss.

"When we opened the bonnet the dassies were running about the engine and chassis plate, under the engine and inside the bumpers of the car," he said.

"Dassies can get quite big, the size of a cat. If you can imagine having six cats in your engine," added Moss.

The animal expert believed the dassies had chosen the BMW as their new home because its space and warmth made them think they were in the "rocks" somewhere.

"The BMW is obviously nice and warm and looks like a rocky outcrop and that's why they wanted to live in it," he said.

Judging by the amount of dung found in the car, the dassies had obviously been around for a while, he added, after the car engine had been stripped down to get at the little creatures.
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Obviously that BMW was driven by a grand ma.. with my driving those things will walk away shaking and never come back after the test drive.

(i take turns on 3 wheels - i hope thats enough)

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