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post #1 of 11 Old 11-09-2013, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Are you going to use a Block Heater this winter?

I plan to start plugging mine in around the 1st of December, on a timer for 5 hours before I go to work. I find the vehicle has hot air coming out by the time I get to the end of my driveway.

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W rarely get below 20F/-6CC though we have gotten to 10F/-12C. Either way that's not cold enough to need an engine heater. The only trouble we have had is locks freezing when cars are left outside, but the Escape can stay in the garage at night.

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I have 2 cars running straight water so they have to go inside when it gets below freezing. We had one year with some -22F but even then the other cars outside started right up. What temps do you think warrant block heaters?
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I plan to start plugging mine in around the 1st of December, on a timer for 5 hours before I go to work. I find the vehicle has hot air coming out by the time I get to the end of my driveway.
I read in Ford literature that the block heater reaches maximum temperature within two hours and running it longer is unnecessary. Before I sold my house, I used this and set it to come on 2 hours before leaving for work. I now park at night in a heated garage and they won't let me plug in to the exterior outlet at work.
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I have 2 cars running straight water so they have to go inside when it gets below freezing. We had one year with some -22F but even then the other cars outside started right up. What temps do you think warrant block heaters?
Straight water, how do you avoid boiling over?
The nice thing about aluminum blocks is the heat up fast, but I would plug mine in when the temps went below -10. I parked in a unattached, uninsulated garage and just getting it out of the elements helped.

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I always thought it was recommended to plug a block heater in for about 4 hours(Its on a timer for 5 hours in case I run later in the morning) before leaving, Generally, I plug it in when the temperature drops to about 0'C or 32'F. I find it makes starting the vehicle a lot easier, plus it helps to save the battery, and believe it or not, helps with Fuel efficiency

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I always thought it was recommended to plug a block heater in for about 4 hours(Its on a timer for 5 hours in case I run later in the morning) before leaving, Generally, I plug it in when the temperature drops to about 0'C or 32'F. I find it makes starting the vehicle a lot easier, plus it helps to save the battery, and believe it or not, helps with Fuel efficiency
I've spent the last 15 minutes or so searching Google and Ford Media for the article regarding the use of engine block heaters with no luck. Now I wish I had saved it. Anyway, it stated that the maximum temp is achieved in two hours and running it longer is a waste of your money and electricity. Nova Scotia must have warm winters if your starting point is 32 degrees. I agree that you would see a small affect on fuel economy by starting a warm engine, but at 32 degrees it isn't going to make much of a difference and at that temp, battery performance is not adversely affected.
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No, it typically doesn't get below 40 degrees here.

The seat heaters will be nice though!
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Straight water, how do you avoid boiling over?
My track cars have pretty nice pressurizing systems that do vent on occasion under heavy abuse in the summertime. Sometimes they get a couple of ounces of wetting agent (Redline) added which slows boiling but doesn't stop freezing.
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