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Old 03-10-2017, 09:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think it costs around 15 to plug in my block heater for a couple of hours. The block heater was around $20. I've never bothered to crunch any numbers. The only number I care about is MPG! The more cold starts you have per tank, the more the block heater will help.
Depending upon what one pays for cost per kW or if some are off the grid is a factor.Then throw in the cost of the block heater and that has to be taken into consideration.Have not done enough research on a block heater`s power consumption to add this into the equation.

The Chebby only gets started up about twice a day..Going to work and coming home.Girlfriend does all the stop and shop stuff.

Thank you guys for making light to all these ideas as they are much appreciated.

Now going all the way back to my Geo Metro days and adding slick50 it seemed to add more mpg.Is that the case with these newer cars using synthetic?

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Old 03-10-2017, 10:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Most block heaters are in the 400-2000 watt range.

I would just use Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy oil. Available in 0w-20 or 0w-30. I use the 20. Cheapest way to get it is in 5 quart jugs at Walmart. Even better when Mobil has a rebate.
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I don't have any experience with block heaters, they're quite uncommon in my country, but a former school colleague once told me about an old man from his hometown who used to put a simple device known here in Brazil as "rabo quente" (hot tail) in the radiator of an old Chevy truck with a Perkins 4-236 engine (it had been a factory option for some Brazilian Chevy trucks).

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Not really so safe, there is a shocking hazard, but safer versions with a shrouded resistence are available.
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We have those engine in some combine harvesters
DDD but hot tails have been used here in some tractors
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Gave the Spark it`s first oil change...By the way all the box stores,Auto Zone,Advance Auto and Oreilly wanted 36.99 for a 5 quart jug of Mobil1 5w-20.Napa has 5 quarts for 28.99.

First fill up and it is what I expected.283 miles on the tank and 8 1/4 to fill up.34.3 mpg.It sure is a heck of alot better than my Suburban but not anywhere close to the old mits.I am hoping after a complete break in it will do a little better.

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