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Old 11-12-2011, 08:03 AM   #1
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1st Gen Block Heater

Does anyone know of a block heater for the 1st gens? I have seen them from Toyota for the second gens only.
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:53 AM   #3
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I haven't found one either. Honestly though, switching to synthetic and installing a battery warmer is all you really need IMO. Where do you live?
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:08 AM   #4
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This may be of interest. http://www.wolverineheater.com/
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:57 AM   #6
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Mine came from the dealer with one. You all mad?
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Does anyone know of a block heater for the 1st gens? I have seen them from Toyota for the second gens only.
Yes. I got mine at NAPA - cost about $35.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:20 AM   #12
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Yes. I got mine at NAPA - cost about $35.
Was that just an oil pan heater, if so how does that seem to help warm up the truck.
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Was that just an oil pan heater, if so how does that seem to help warm up the truck.
No - its a block heater. I had an oil pan heater on my Subaru and it did alright but block heaters are better. I could leave my car plugged in all night and there was a 50/50 shot of it starting in -0* weather but my truck only needs a couple of hours and its good to go.

I'm not sure about the 2.7 engine but on the 3.4's there are two types of elements out there - L shaped and J shaped. My truck ended up needing the J shaped one (and I had bought the L and the parts store said it would fit) So if there is more than one option out there buy both and return the one you don't need!
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What about a lower radiator hose heater? Easy install.
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I assume our only block heater options are freeze plug style? I had good luck with one in my '92 Pickup's 3.0L V6, but seeing what happened to Monte has me second guessing freeze plug options... (I find myself envious of the 2nd Gen V6 heater design.)

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No - its a block heater... on the 3.4's there are two types of elements out there - L shaped and J shaped. My truck ended up needing the J shaped one (and I had bought the L and the parts store said it would fit) So if there is more than one option out there buy both and return the one you don't need!
Do you recall part number(s), Lisa? (NAPA's site shows two options for '04 Tacomas, one L/J-shape and one straight, but both appear to be designed for 4-cyl engines.)

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What about a lower radiator hose heater? Easy install.
I haven't seen these in any of my searches. Do you have a manufacturer or part number, Tom?


Any other cold weather mitigation options worth considering (e.g., battery blankets, oil pan warmers, etc.)???
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I assume our only block heater options are freeze plug style? I had good luck with one in my '92 Pickup's 3.0L V6, but seeing what happened to Monte has me second guessing freeze plug options... (I find myself envious of the 2nd Gen V6 heater design.)


Do you recall part number(s), Lisa? (NAPA's site shows two options for '04 Tacomas, one L/J-shape and one straight, but both appear to be designed for 4-cyl engines.)


I haven't seen these in any of my searches. Do you have a manufacturer or part number, Tom?




Any other cold weather mitigation options worth considering (e.g., battery blankets, oil pan warmers, etc.)???


I haven't seen these in any of my searches. Do you have a manufacturer or part number, Tom?



Kats makes them don't know if they have the size you need.
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Thread revival since it's -23*F here right now... How about any of these?

http://www.ebay.com/sch/?_nkw=radiat...d=576592343057
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