Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:44 pm Post subject: Anyone have a engine block heater for extreme winters?
Well I'm moving somewhere very very very cold and I don't plan on using the impala much in the winter but it'll be kept outside and there will be a "plug-in". From what I'm told, most cars there have a battery blanket, which just sits under the battery, an oil pan heater, and a block heater.
Anyone know where I can pick these things up and how difficult they are to install?
I have a block heater but have never used it. My heated garage is good enough.
Did you install it or did it come as a factory option?
I did a little research and found a company ZeroStart that seems to make a wide variety that install into a soft plug on the block. This pdf catalog lists this under chevrolet:
1990-2004 V6 - 3.4L (Transverse)
Heater Part #: 3100015
Cord Part #: 3600006
Bore Diameter: 34 MM
Installation Location: CR (center rear)
Point Element: 3 o'clock
Notes: (2) Pull or pry out core plug. (5) Installation by certified mechanic recommended.
So how difficult of an install do you think this would be? I'll probably have a mechanic do it as I wont have much time.
How about an oil pan heater? I'll probably have to get a better opinion from a mechanic once I get there but I was just hoping someone here might give me a heads up so I'm not going in blind and getting ripped off.
If you are moving someplace with colder winters than NY, you must be moving to Alaska....
And yupp, that's correct. Fairbanks to be precise.
Last edited by NUTSgoWEEE on Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:27 pm; edited 1 time in total
Gm has them as OEM for whatever motor you have . They Go into the block in place of one of the freeze plugs.
The only oil heater I can recall seeing was a dip stick type thing with a heating element on the end looked really cheesy to me and I personally don't think it will be as efficient as the block heater would be.
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Caught me while I was editing.
Ask ZSPOT to look through his books for your motor type and he could probably get you everything you need. Mainly it just the heating element that goes in place of the freeze plug and the electrical plug you stuff into the110v outlet.
if you don't have a block heater from the factory they are easy to install. Most will fit inside one of the freeze plugs in the block. Battery blanket just wraps around the battery and keeps it from freezing.
I spent 2 winters in Alberta and learned that IMO in really cold temps you are better off with a block heater which works in-line with your heater hose. It has a pump which warms and circulates the coolant thru the block. That with a battery blanket ensures a strong battery and a car that warms quickly.
they aren't of much use unless its under like -15C (2F). The 2006+ ones even have a Thermostat in them, they won't even turn on till -18C(0F). Now if its constantly under -15 for like 2 months (like up here in Winterpeg) then I can tell you it makes a world of Difference!! (and Way for me to pay attention, didn't notice your moving to Alaska)
And Will, it's been 85 - 90 With a 100 - 110 Humidex for 2 weeks. Not cold unless your from Africa.
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