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Old 10-09-2011, 10:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
brucepick
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Oh yeah.

I recommend an engine heater. I use one of the glue-on pads that heats the oil pan. I think the ones that heat the engine coolant by an element that inserts into a freeze plug opening are better - but installation of those is beyond my skills and I didn't want to pay a mechanic.

The cost of the electricity to run the heater is less than the cost of the gas that would do the same job. If you preheat the engine electrically, the car will go into closed loop operation sooner. That is, regular fuel mixture vs. the rich mixture that it runs when the engine is cold. Get a simple light or appliance timer to turn it on a few hours before you plan to start up. Just check the wattage ratings of the heater and the timer. Mostly they are about 300-500 watts.
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