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Old 11-21-2010, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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22R engine heater?

Has anyone installed an engine heater onto their 22R before? If so, what kind did you install? I purchased this tank style one from my local NAPA before I realized I really don't have room for it in the engine bay

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But, I've been thinking about returning that one and getting this style

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Does anybody have experience with either of these or any others?
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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never used a tank version. but the second inline one you listed works good. I have a different brand on mine. makes warm up a lot faster.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What's the point of this? I thought they were only used in super cold climates i.e. Russia
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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when you like to have your rig warm up faster and it does get quite cold here in the north west. Its 25 right now and they are calling for single digits overnight.(we do get below 0 often enough.) also if your engine is warmer its easier to start ...saving wear on starter and battery.

I know the Alaska group will think I am a sissy but I think there all crazy too.
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Engine Block Heater

Napa should have an engine block heater that you can install in place of one of the freeze plugs. The one I used was near the oil filter, accessed from the panel in the passenger side wheelwell. You need to drain the coolant, then punch out the freeze plug. The block heater is tapped into the block in place of the freeze plug. The electrical cord then plugs into the block heater and is routed to the front of the engine. The block heater has worked well for me for over 20 years.
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To tell you the truth, I don't want that kind. I know that that style is supposed to be one of the best, but I don't want to mess with the freeze plugs and I don't want the install to be time consuming. Thank you though
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Got the heater installed yesterday


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I haven't had a chance to test it out though since, as per the instructions, I have to run it a couple of days to get all of the air out of the system. I also need to get an extension cord since none of mine will work (heater has a 3 prong plug, my cords have 2 prong plugs)
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really should have it plugged into a outlet with the built in breaker to be safe
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I guess living up here you take block heaters and the like for granted. Inline's are good, probably just as good as a block heater. I run a block and oil pan heater.
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For some reason, I feel as if a block heater would cause things to stress and crack? I.E it getting very cold and then an instant high heat source? I suppose it wouldn't be any different than just turning the car on and going from freezing cold to instant heat.
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Plugged the heater in for the first time to test it out, and it got hot right away. I'll plug it in some time in the early morning and see how well it works on a cold engine
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Well, the heater worked fairly well. The engine wasn't cold, but was cool to the touch; probably about 50 to 60 degrees. That was when the ambient temperature was at 0 degrees! I had to run the engine for a couple of minutes to get warm air out of the heater vents, but not for nearly as long as when the engine is stone cold. Overall, I am happy with the heater and I feel that it is a good investment.

Edit: I also noted that there was frost everywhere on the truck except for the hood, which shows that the heater was doing it's job
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For some reason, I feel as if a block heater would cause things to stress and crack? I.E it getting very cold and then an instant high heat source? I suppose it wouldn't be any different than just turning the car on and going from freezing cold to instant heat.
It's a gradual heating of the coolant, not instant hot, so you don't really "shock" anything per say.
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