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Old 10-30-2010, 06:03 PM   #91 (permalink)
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I think you missed the point I was trying to make, which is that it's not rational to do either speed or fuel economy mods for economic reasons. You do it as a form of recreation, for the fun and for the challenge.
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:49 PM   #92 (permalink)
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More data: Today was 10°C, the heater was on for 60 minutes, ending with an engine temperature of 31°C. Looks like 50°C will be out of the question, at least until next year's heat wave.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:51 PM   #93 (permalink)
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More data: Today was 10°C, the heater was on for 60 minutes, ending with an engine temperature of 31°C. Looks like 50°C will be out of the question, at least until next year's heat wave.
Any measurable effects on FE or warm-up times yet ?
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:26 AM   #94 (permalink)
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Looks like 50°C will be out of the question, at least until next year's heat wave.
Or until you layer some of this over your engine:
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Any measurable effects on FE or warm-up times yet ?
The last two times I've driven my FE was 4.5 l/100km instead of 4.8, so that may be related, maybe not.

I wonder if the EGR/coolant heat exchanger helps in my case, since EGR is closed when in idle and when at full load, and that is 90% of my P&G driving style. But when the wife drove the other day (no P&G), then the engine got up to temp very fast, so block heater plus EGR cooler must have helped. In 2-3 weeks I hope to get an emissions test done.

Back to modding: I started a new thread to show the superb ergonomics of my cockpit:
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Meanwhile, the kill switch is working Sometimes, when I kill the engine, the car starts to beep, the dashboard's STOP light comes on and the display says "Oil pressure low". (Sorry for the crappy resolution.)



But sometimes I get no warnings. I believe it depends on how long the kill switch is held down, it may also depend on the vehicle's speed. I'll get the hang of it sooner or later.

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Congrats for your kill switch

About the warning, could it be caused by battery's voltage ?

Currently with the lights and the cold weather after 20km of P&G using my kill switch my battery's voltage is going under 11V (*) when the heat plugs are switching on, which is 2x8 seconds each time I switch off the engine. A consequence of such a low voltage is that the airbag light is blinking when the alternator is off. As my car beeps only for forgotten lights, I have no auditive warning, but battery, oil and sometimes airbag lights are on.

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(*) I'm looking for a good deep cycle battery to replace my 50Ah one...
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(*) I'm looking for a good deep cycle battery to replace my 50Ah one...
Look for a battery for a newer diesel car - 70-90 Ah.

Nowadays there are also batteries designed to take more stop/start cycles.
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About the warning, could it be caused by battery's voltage ?
No, voltage is OK (around 12.4-12.8V). It's the oil pressure sensor setting off the alarm before it notices that the engine isn't turning. Thankfully, the ECU doesn't throw a code, or at least so says the SGII

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(*) I'm looking for a good deep cycle battery to replace my 50Ah one...
Varta makes batteries for cars with Start/Stop systems:
VARTA Start-Stop Batteries
For example, the Varta battery for the Volvo V50 1.6D w/ Start-Stop has 70 Ah and serial number 570 901 076 B512. No idea what price.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:03 AM   #99 (permalink)
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OK, I'm giving up on the heating element inside the oil pan idea, but maybe a heating pad that sticks to the underside of the oil pan? Between 100-150 watts should be just right. I looked around and the only company that seems to make automotive pads for 240 volts is Canadian Titan Heaters. They're not exactly cheap, and if I factor in shipping across the pond, then I might as well get another coolant heater here locally. The only heating pads available in my neck of the woods are either side mirror defrosters (12V, 5-13W), or electric floor panels (100-200W per sq. meter).

Why can't I find what I'm looking for closer to home? And does it have to be expensive?

EDIT: Is anyone else interested in a heating pad?
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I'll sit back and await results on this one. I'm not as extreme as you are yet but maybe someday...

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