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Cold weather advice (Engine heater)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by bellero, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Jun 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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    bellero

    bellero [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I realize we're just entering the summer season and this topic may be little out of touch but I'd like to hear what you guys have to say about engine heating device for my V6 3.4L taco.

    I'm moving from southern Ontario to Alberta in just over a month from now and the weather out there is very cold in winter compared to what we have here in Ontario.

    I want to install a plug in electric heating device for the taco and was wondering what's best.

    1) Block heater

    2) Coolant heater (installed on one of the rad coolant hose)

    3) Heated pad (attached to the oil pan or some people use it on the battery)

    So far, I'm thinking a block heater would be best but I'm curious to hear what you guys have to say about that.
     
  2. Jun 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM
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    WHPLSH3

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    I'm only an hour up the road from you near Viking. When the wind gets howling out here in Jan/Feb, -40 wind chill is the norm. I'd put a block heater AND an oilpan heater. That's what I"ve got on my stuff. They warm up in a couple minutes that way too.
    Thanks for your service!
     
  3. Jun 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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    bellero

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    Thank you for the advice and your kind words. Viking is a nice little town, one of my wife's aunt is from there but I can't remember her maiden name.
     
  4. Jun 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM
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    I just use Amsoil synthetic and the OEM block heater, no issues at all even down to -40*C.
     
  5. Jun 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM
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    Yeah I'd recommend using synthetic oil and a block heater. I have a block heater, battery heater, and oil pan heater. Honestly though, I've never used them other than to make sure they work. We don't get cold enough temperatures and I have a remote starter that I let run for 15-20 minutes every morning before driving.
     
  6. Jun 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM
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    Thanks guys, so a block heater is on order.
     
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