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Old 01-07-2004, 09:11 PM   #1
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Block Heater Brrrrrrrrrr

I am trying out my engine block heater for the first time tonight. It is really cold up here, going to get down to 2 degrees by 5 am.
So in the morning I will fire up the car, and have heat, no wait. I'll let you know if it works.
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Old 01-07-2004, 10:08 PM   #2
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Make sure you have the block heater plugged in somewhere around waist level. A friend of mine fried his when melting snow ran down the plug wire and shorted the heater and socket out.
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Thanks for the tip, I checked it out, and the plug is about 4 inches from the top of the radiator support. So I guess it will be ok. but you got me a little parinoid now............lol
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did your block heater come stock with your car? mine didnt and i really want an aftermarket one
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Not to sound dumb but whats a block heater?
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yeah could someone explain what a block heater is and how it works, can they be purchased if your focus didnt come with one from the factory?
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Well, the block heater on my car came as part of the "Cold Weather Package". A block heater is a electric heater that warms the oil and/or coolant in the car. There are several types. Some aftermarket types work by installing a warmer to the radiator hose, usually the upper hose. They keep the coolant warm with a small electric probe. Another aftermarket type is installed to keep the oil warm. And yet another is the electric blanket type that only keeps the battey warm for a quick start. Extrem cold robs the battery of it's cranking power. I bought a solor powered trickle charger for the battery at Radio Shack. You plug it inti the power outlet/cigar lighter during the day and the sun provides a slow charge for the battery.

Which type of heater the SVTF has, I reallly don't know. There is a male three prong plug attached to the top of the radiator support. I tried to follow the wire to see, but really can't tell. I know in the morning just how effective it is. Right now it is 11 degrees out, and falling fast.
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Thanks for the tip, I checked it out, and the plug is about 4 inches from the top of the radiator support. So I guess it will be ok. but you got me a little parinoid now............lol
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As long as the plug wire isn't running Downhill from the car to the wall, then you're fine.
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So how did your block heater do?
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