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12-01-2014 08:00 AM
sergeantbutters -33 C here, started fine, frosted right up today
12-01-2014 07:59 AM
aaron.b -32f wind chill. Timer turned block heater on 3.5 hrs ago and car started right up. Ultra gauge screen was kinda frozen but I think it said engine temp was at 57f!
11-30-2014 08:14 PM
mmmfloorpie For some reason I'm almost jealous that it's so cold there? I guess I just really want a chance to use my block heater, lol.
11-30-2014 07:40 PM
aaron.b
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Me too, first winter with my new Focus, timer is set, supposed to be - 40 C with the wind chill tonight here in Saskatchewan. Stay warm!
You too! Will report startup engine temp tomorrow morning!
11-30-2014 07:08 PM
sergeantbutters Me too, first winter with my new Focus, timer is set, supposed to be - 40 C with the wind chill tonight here in Saskatchewan. Stay warm!
11-30-2014 07:02 PM
aaron.b In North Dakota we are expecting windchill temps to be between -25 to -35 F tonight. Got my timer setup to turn on at 3 am and the focus is plugged in. Hope my block heater still works!
11-30-2014 04:05 PM
sergeantbutters
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Wow, that's a pretty good tip! Does that wear out the extension cord though?
Not that I've found really. Just don't Park on a kink or spin your wheels on it. I got myself a pretty good chord and it's still usually the ends that wear out first
11-30-2014 03:31 PM
mmmfloorpie
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I sometimes pull forward and park on my cord, can't be stolen then. Just takes a little more time to plug and unplug.
Wow, that's a pretty good tip! Does that wear out the extension cord though?
11-30-2014 12:35 PM
sergeantbutters
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Well update from me: It's -40c here (-49 with the windchill).

I've been leaving the car plugged in overnight. I don't bother with a timer because I've had my 2 extension cords and timers stolen. So I just bought a cheaper cord with a light in it. It's actually so cold that the plastic covering over the cord shattered today when I pulled to unplug it. Once again I'll be off to the shop to buy a new cord.

The temperature gauge is all the way cold and it take 15-20 minutes to reach normal operating temperature.

My suspension is squealing loudly over even small bumps, it's like my tires have dog squeaky toys on them it's insanely loud. I can't identify the squeak's location, but am assuming it's suspension.

Car is at the dealer this morning, I'm almost certain the block heater isn't working since the car wouldn't start this morning. As an added bonus the trunk latch doesn't work in the cold either. It froze in the open position when I popped it to go get my snowbrush.

The first time I plugged in my car when I started it the temp gauge was around 15% after a night outside at -20. Since then it's been all the way cold.

Hopefully the dealer has good news for me. I asked the dealer if I could go for a lower viscosity oil, they said no.
I sometimes pull forward and park on my cord, can't be stolen then. Just takes a little more time to plug and unplug.
01-26-2013 05:05 PM
JMD787 Sorry to hear about your bad luck. I think the block heaters on this car don't have the best reliability. I had my original one replaced at 4 months and the second one is getting worse and worse at heating up the car. Will make sure to have it replaced again before my warranty expires.

I planned on keeping this car 7-8 years but with all the problems I've had, I can't wait to get rid of it. Block heater, transmission, MFT, squeaks & rattles, paint chips from mis-aligned body panels. I've never had a new car that required this much attention.

As for the oil, there isn't too much of a difference between 0W-20 and 5W-20 so if the dealer is being a prick about it I wouldn't let it bother you.
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