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lol i always use my block heater now, whenever i start my truck for the first 10 mins my oil pressure gauge reads 0 (i know i know). the block heater doesnt help keep the oil warm very well but im getting a magnetic heater for my pan to help and i think payday im going to try synthetic, any other things i can do to help my oil flow when its -40 celsius -40 farenhiet (there the same!)
Go to a true synthetic - it makes a world of difference... You won't need to worry about an oil pan heater.
Run it in the diffs as well. The truck will just drive away in cold weather like it is not cold.
I like Amsoil for the severe stuff. I've tried it and it has proven itself to me time and again. Of course, I was only in -25F temps, but it worked really well. (I started using it in my 76 F 150 - high compression 390 - full time locked on all 4 x4 and it would drive away!)
does someone have a pic of a block heater on a first gen? I highly doubt I have one, but I don't even know what one would look like if I saw it.
Used to have an old Volks. rabbit with the little diesel engine when I lived in frigid....Phoenix Az area!!! Good thing I had the block heater too! When it got really cold....like 55 or lower (Brrrr! ) That thing simply WOULD NOT START, unless I had it "plugged in"...
i guess i haven't felt the need to use mine yet.
winters here aren't as bad as the used to be, with my f-150 i would now and then
I didn't miss my calling at all... I write for a living. But thanks!
Why live in a place like that?
You warm weather friends can't even begin to imagine the wonders of spring... When the earth begins its heating and renewing cycle - geese begin to fly overhead - you see the first Robin and you know that it has to snow on his poor little head at least 3 more times - a crocus peeks its head out of the snow - bravely trying to bring color back into the world - and God smiles and lets us know that He is still in charge and that everything is going to be green one of these days - soon...
Besides - real winter is actually fun. The stuff they get in the warmer climates isn't real enough to be called winter - it is just blah for a couple months before it gets warm again. In real winter, you get to explore how the other half lives - snow sports are great... We went downhill skiing over 200 times a year (season pass at the hill 3 miles from our home) - snowmobiles pack 120 horsepower of snow much fun - ice skating right on the local lake - with a nice round of hockey against the high school kids thrown in for good measure - smoking donuts on that same lake with your car - or 4x4 - ice fishing (the fish sure taste great when they are in that cold water!) - hunting for snowshoe rabbits when all you can see is that little black eye (and the drifts are up to your waist!) - watching the kiddos sled ride and joining them in seeing how far you can jump the tobaggan without breaking it into a million pieces - and then there is always the winter wheeling - that turns ordinary terrain into Mt. Everest!
No, I truly miss real winter since I've moved to Kentucky... We PRAY for snow...
well mine didn't come stock with one, but being in Alaska I installed one last weekend. It's pretty steadily in the negative 20s already and getting colder. You can tell this X is from texas, it hates the cold almost as much as I do.
I see the poll has finally been closed. 46% of the voters said they did not have one...wow. That is suprising.
if you dont have a block heater here, you'll never start your vehicle. very few can say they can start easily in -40C before windchill. when you go grocery shopping here you do it fast and leave your vehicle running :O
yep..all cars/truck sold in alaska come with them.
but i never us it. thats what the garage is for
My X started fine when it was -45 out one day. It was at school, so I wasn't able to use the block heater. If I have to park it outside when I'm home, then I use it, but it is almost always in the garage. I hate letting the X gat that cold. The main reason is the whole oil issue. I use synthetic, but sometimes it gets really cold here.
I think it was about the 3rd time I washed my '98 that I found an electrical plug behind the front bumber near the licence plate. The cord leads into the wiring harness so I just assumed it was for a block heater. I have no idea if it works or not. Car history shows orig. purchased in VA. I don't even know if having the plug means I have a block heater. I thought it might just be a standard part of all wiring harnesses.
OH, now i know what your talking about, its like what Desils have?
Temps around here get close to -50 Degrees Farenheit, so we need then for sure!
have one in my 2002 but never need to use it at all/
Yes, all X's designated for sale in Canada were to be equpped with a heater of some type from 1990. Although I am only in New York, I find that using my block heater makes starts so much simpler and more comfortable. And it is appreciated by my neighbors when they call me to pull their vehicles out of their driveways after a 20 inch snowfall.
How is it connected???
I bought 05 Explorer XLT with V8, 4.6L and it had this AC connector at the front bumper, so I assumed it has heater but then i looked closer and noticed that this AC connector has about 1f wire with some kind of a flat 3-pin female connnector and it's just hungning in the air.
I looks all over and ( !!! ) cannot find the other end.
does anyone know where is suppose to go? some kind of wiring diagram or pictuer would really help.
I found some other sensor next to it, right in the middle, under the center bar ( below the grill ) and that one has wire going along the Left side of the grill, attached to the frame, but as long as I see it it's only one wire....
Can anyone look and/or tell where it goes, please? Or maybe if u tell me where it gets into engine.... i could try trAck it back....( not sure if it's easier )
Don't think I'd have much use for one in So Cal:
The block heater would be installed in the engine, in place of one of the freeze plugs.
The block heater would also be a standard 3-wire plug like the end of an extension cord for 120 volt power, not a vehicle-type plug.
Block heaters plug into the wall and take 120 volts, not vehicle 12 volts.
My 2000 XLS has one, but the truck started life out in Canada =] I haven'y used it and probably wont, but I'm leaving it installed, just in case...
My 94 was built in Canada if I recall correctly, it's got a block heater but I don't believe it works.
Last winter in AK was a bad one, dropped to 10-30 below zero at night and killed a whole lot of cars. Shot batteries to cracked engine blocks, even froze up a friend's Durango's power steering pump while he was driving causing him to run into a ditch. The Explorer had to stay outside unfortunately, so I had a quick and ghetto setup consisting of two portable 1500W cube heaters placed under the front end that I'd turn on a couple hours prior to leaving for work. Did the trick, good thing I have no leaks though! That could have gotten ugly if oil had dripped onto the heaters.
It went down to -46C here this past weekend (-50F). Thank god I had it plugged in.