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Old 09-11-2014, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Alternatives to a Block Heater?

Winter in approaching in a few months and I started thinking of ways to help my engine warm up quicker.

I'm not mechanically inclined as far as modifications go, so I was curious if anyone knew of alternatives to a block heater??


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Old 09-11-2014, 10:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Block off your front grill as much as you can.
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universal heater pads dont take much skill to add on. if there is a suitable place on your oil pan, and or trans pan, you can get a 4" x 5" stick on pad in 100, 150, 250w
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Put a space heater in the car, run the cord inside and plug it in shortly before you leave to warm up the car.
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I was toying with the idea of using a solar oven and a pipe to pipe in some heat because I work second shift, so leave long after the sun has come up. Might not work as well for those who get up before the sun to start work.
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Ive been considering a remote starter so my car can be defrosted for work in the morning. Currently I make 2 trips to the car. One to start and hit by defrosters. Then another to drive off. Even if the cold light is still on its warm enough to melt the frost/dew/ice on the windows.
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Can anyone help me with a grill block? Something inconspicuous yet cheap and efficient. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Ive been considering a remote starter so my car can be defrosted for work in the morning. Currently I make 2 trips to the car. One to start and hit by defrosters. Then another to drive off. Even if the cold light is still on its warm enough to melt the frost/dew/ice on the windows.
See post 4.
Deice the car with a space heater or 2.
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Can anyone help me with a grill block? Something inconspicuous yet cheap and efficient. Any help is greatly appreciated!
The easiest thing is to zip tie some coroplast to the front or back of your upper grill. The same can be done with the lower, but you'll want to leave some area open for some cooling. A radiator fan indicator light or scangauge will tell you if you've got too much blocked off.

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Deice the car with a space heater or 2.
Ditto. Works better, faster, cheaper.
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throw an old blanket over windshield and side windows. i close the corners in the door for wind. i also have a 120 v heater that wraps the lower radiator hose.

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