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Old 10-08-2008, 06:07 PM   #1
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Block Heater?

Alright.. it's getting cold here on LI and its bad enough that I only have a 4 mile trip to work every morning, so the short drive is killing my already crappy MPG but my BF has been mentioning engine block heaters to me... but he's a Honda boy and has no clue about putting one in a Focus. I know my car didn't come with it (07 SES) as I checked out the inventory window sticker.

Soo.... where can I buy one and HOW do I (he, lol) install it??

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You can get one through ford or your local parts store. First off, do you know what a frost plug is? If you do not, don't do this yourself or you will end up with a hole in your engine block or a leaky block heater, if you get one in. On my 08, it is located on the back of the motor(nearest fire wall), under or around the exhaust manifold on the right side. This is a very involved and messy job, and sometimes it is very difficult, if not impossible to get at the area where it is located. The manufacturer has a certain place for the block heater, as this position is the most effective for maximum performance. Plus the block heater needs to be installed in a certain position(ie-12o'clock, 3o'clock...). You can get ford to do it, probably cost a couple hundred bucks. You can also get an oil pan heater. This attatches to the bottom of the oil pan(adhesive or magnetic) and heats the oil. You will need an adhesive one as your oil pan is alluminum. As it warms up, it also heats anything internally up through the motor. You can also get an in line heater which is installed into a rad hose, usually the lower one. Not as effective as a oil pan heater or block heater. Both will run about $50 or so and you should be able to install it yourself and both should be available at your local auto parts store. You do have to cut the rad hose to install the inline heater. Installing a block heater is not like changing the oil, if you are mechanically inclined and have a shop manual, have at it, can't change a tire-don't try it.
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A block heater isn't going to help much until outside temps drop below freezing. They warm only enough to keep the block from dropping below freezing temps. They don't actually warm up the engine to operating temps.

The primary function of a block heater is to make it easier to start the car in extreme cold.
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My block heater will warm up the car enough to where it will blow out warm air before I clear the driveway.
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It will also keep your block from freezing up.
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A block heater isn't going to help much until outside temps drop below freezing. They warm only enough to keep the block from dropping below freezing temps. They don't actually warm up the engine to operating temps.

The primary function of a block heater is to make it easier to start the car in extreme cold.

Actually, a block heater will warm your engine enough to blow warm air out of your vents - like 03OrangeSVT said. They can also be effective between freezing and 50 degrees. I used to always plug my diesel truck in when the temps dropped below 50 at night.

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Just speaking from experience with my (no longer mine) '01 Explorer with a block heater. I would plug it in overnight (while parked in a garage) in the winter months. My commute was 7 miles. I didn't notice any difference in how quickly the heater put out warm air. But this was at MN winter temps - generally 10 degrees at night or colder.
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Just speaking from experience with my (no longer mine) '01 Explorer with a block heater. I would plug it in overnight (while parked in a garage) in the winter months. My commute was 7 miles. I didn't notice any difference in how quickly the heater put out warm air. But this was at MN winter temps - generally 10 degrees at night or colder.
The heater air is not the main reason for a block heater. That is a benefit. The main function of the block heater is....to heat the block in extremely cold temps to avoid a frozen block.

I lived in Alaska for 3 years and believe me it was needed. Try leaving your car unplugged overnight in freezing temps and then go try and start it in the morning.....no go.

I would also recommend a battery heater and an oil pan heater. All parts total cost about $50 if you do it yourself.
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