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Old 12-28-2004, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Engine block heaters, do they work?

I live in Colorado where it gets below freezing at night on a regular basis. My RS seems to have a hard time starting on the really cold mornings. Would a engine block heater help this? Does anyone have one in their car?

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Old 12-28-2004, 10:25 PM   #2
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Sure. They work well. I currently use the stock subaru battery warmer and it also works well.
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Old 12-28-2004, 10:26 PM   #3
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I believe they are standard in Canada and Alaska (correct me if I'm wrong) or at least an option. Also big trucks have them too. They must be doing something.
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Old 12-28-2004, 10:27 PM   #4
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The stock battery in the subaru isn't the best. You may want to try the warmer first.
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Old 12-29-2004, 04:05 AM   #5
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They are standard in Canada. Almost all parking lots have plug in's for your car too.

Yes they do work.

Just remember to unplug yourself before you drive away.
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Old 12-29-2004, 10:46 AM   #6
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They are standard in Canada.
Maybe in AB. I just spent $30.52 to get one.
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Old 12-29-2004, 01:52 PM   #7
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yeah they work very well. i have one on my car and live in pagosa springs in the winter. plug it in plug it in
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:59 PM   #8
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They are sweet . Our old diesel rabbit ( lol ) had one . It's badazz to get in and have instant heat Forget to plug that damn car in on a cold night and forget about going anywhere in the morning . Our diesel trucks have them but we don't ever use them . I think since 1978 glo plugs have come a long way
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Old 12-29-2004, 10:08 PM   #9
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Yup; definitely worth having.
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Old 12-29-2004, 10:26 PM   #10
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It was about 10 below during the day and about 15 below at night all last week. My car started much easier in the morning (plugged in) than after being parked for 8 hours at work (not plugged in). It hurt (emotionally) to listen to the car starting at the end of the day.
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:11 AM   #11
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How hard are they to install, and are they worth if if you dont go below zero all the time? They dont seem too expensive, but the install could be. It would rock to have instant heat on a cold morning.
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:16 AM   #12
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they can be hard to install, here's a link to the Subaru installation instructions http://www.subaruparts.com/catalog/s...lockheater.pdf
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Old 12-30-2004, 09:20 AM   #13
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I'm going to be moving to higher elevations in Colorado soon, so I'm glad for stumbling upon this thread. Thanks.
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Old 12-30-2004, 12:06 PM   #14
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they can be hard to install, here's a link to the Subaru installation instructions
Yup that's why I recommended the battery warmer first. I have used both the block heater and the warmer and found the battery warmer to be suprizing effective.
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Old 12-30-2004, 09:42 PM   #15
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Ok, today I bought the heater and most everything else I need, I got to the last thing on my list to buy and couldn't find it, it was a 14mm allen socket to take the plug out where the heater goes. I looked everywhere for one, Checkers, Home Depot, Pep Boys, Sears and the list goes on. Does anyone know who sells them?
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Old 12-31-2004, 03:08 AM   #16
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-30 right now here, If i was parked outside I would be plugged in.

All the car dealers around here include block heaters as standard, non optional, items. Are you sure the Hogtown dealer didn't just figure out a way to get an extra 30 bucks out of you?
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Old 12-31-2004, 05:47 AM   #17
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14mm allen socket to take the plug out... ...Does anyone know who sells them?
If you can't find one, you can get creative by jammin a couple of nuts onto a 14mm bolt and using the head of that bolt as your allen head.
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Old 01-03-2005, 11:11 PM   #18
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Yup that's why I recommended the battery warmer first. I have used both the block heater and the warmer and found the battery warmer to be suprizing effective.
The warmer will keep your CCA up but the block heater warms the engine and thus reduces the stress on it of being started at very low temps. Also of course the car warms up faster.
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Old 01-03-2005, 11:19 PM   #19
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where can i get one for cheap
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