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Old 01-06-2013, 01:19 AM   #1
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Engine Block heater add-on for 2012 Focus

Can the engine block heater be added to a US 2012 Focus SE? I was considering getting either a remote starter or the engine block heater (I'm in IL and it can get pretty cold in the morning here during the winter months).

I also noticed that the trans (I have the 6spd auto) gets sluggish and the clutches tend to "chatter" in the morning pretty much until the engine warms up completely, so is there anything I can do there to help the car out? Will the engine block heater help any?

I try to let the car run for at least a minute in the morning ,despite what everyone says about not needing to let the car warm up. I do use full synthetic by the way, so I don't know if that will matter.


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Old 01-06-2013, 06:46 AM   #2
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Engine heater won't do much for the sluggish trans. The best way to warm it up is to just drive it easy for the first few miles. I live further north and it doesn't get cold enough here for the need of an engine heater for my needs. I also have to drive 25 for a mile or so before I get to the freeway so that gives it a chance to warm up.
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When you're warming it up, put the transmission in neutral.
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When you're warming it up, put the transmission in neutral.
Isn't it in neutral when the car is in Park? Why would it shift to anything if in park? That's the mode for "Yea...I'm not going anywhere"
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Isn't it in neutral when the car is in Park? Why would it "shift" to anything if in park? That's the mode for "Yea...I'm not going anywhere"
The park pawl on the output shaft is locked, and first and reverse are selected simultaneously with both clutches disengaged in order to simulate the park gear in a traditional automatic transmission as well as prepare the clutches for safe operation.
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