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Old 01-27-2013, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Red Chicken - '95 Honda Civic LX
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engine block heater install/95 civic lx

I ordered the part I needed from Amazon for $24.80.

80% of the battle was finding where to put it. Everything I searched on kept directing me to the radiator drain plug at the bottom of the radiator. But after much searching I found it on the engine block. This picture is post-install. It's at the center of the picture (the orange thing in the darkness)

This is a closer picture. The orange piece with the wire running in.

Everything I read suggested that I flush the radiator (through the normal radiator drain) to get the part in. I did this. But then when I unscrewed the plug from the engine block even more coolant came out. I'm not sure if draining from the normal drain helped at all. I probably should have just let it drain from the engine plug even though the engine kept it from flowing straight into the drain pan I set up on the floor. The plug was VERY tight and hard to reach. I had to use a monster ratchet with an extension or two. 1/2" to remove and 1" to fit the new plug.

I zip-tied the power cord to the a/c overflow pipe to keep it away from hot engine parts and then threaded it through the lower (and unblocked grill).

My air dam was a pain to put on and I didn't want to take it off for this install. I used my dad's floorjack while I was looking around for the plug. After I found it I realized I didn't really need to get under the car at all.

I haven't used the heater yet, but I'll try it tomorrow morning and see how it goes.


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