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Engine warmer / heater

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Andreas, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. Dec 13, 2017 at 11:45 AM
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    Andreas

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    Who is using an engine block warmer/heater???
    I'm looking to get a Block warmer of sorts, can't really find what I want.
    Can you point me in the right direction?? Don't think the magnetic ones will work all too well.
    I'll be going to work kinda early, 4am, and it's about 20f at that time, feels like 10.
    Thanks people
     
  2. Dec 13, 2017 at 12:44 PM
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  3. Dec 13, 2017 at 12:48 PM
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    Just what do you want??

    They make the style that go in the freeze out plug.

    They make some to install in the radiator hose
     
  4. Dec 13, 2017 at 12:55 PM
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    Yeah the more I look into this issue the more I get confused and $$shy.
    Think an Oil Pan Warmer might be best, read somewhere that the engine block heater isn't really that
    important, warm oil is. Won't do a freeze plug this time of year,
    And maybe a battery warmer - but that's pretty easy to find.
     
  5. Dec 13, 2017 at 12:59 PM
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    INTERESTING !!!! Looks like something that should have been done in the summer/fall time.
    When it was still warm enough to ride my Motorcycle incase I screw things up. hahaha

    Going to save that page for warmer times.
    Thanks
     
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  6. Dec 13, 2017 at 1:02 PM
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    Have a look at my builds --->
    My truck came with a freeze plug style one from the factory. That said if you're trying to warm up the cab quick you'll want a coolant warmer, if you're trying to reduce wear on the engine at startup and slightly lower warmup times then oil is the way to go.
     
  7. Dec 13, 2017 at 1:06 PM
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    Thanks - pretty much items what I'll want, most likely both, separate wiring of course.
    Now to find the stuff that will fit.
     
  8. Dec 14, 2017 at 8:10 PM
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    I installed Wolverine Heaters this last summer. I got a battery warmer and an oil pan heater from them. I definitely notice a difference when it gets down into the low teens and single digits. My truck started even at -20 without anything last winter but I figured why put the starter, battery and everything else through that? I also bought a grill cover and have found that at 30 degrees or less I can leave it completely closed and the water temp still never goes above 181 on the interstate. My Taco normally won't break 180 degrees in the winter and sometimes it doesn't even hit 170 degrees once we are down in the single digits so I got the cover.
     
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  9. Jan 12, 2018 at 8:54 AM
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    Agreed Andreas, you would be fine with both. TRVLR500 makes a good case for a battery heater, you could always plug it in as well if it is supposed to get really cold, though it could be over kill for your region. Luckily for me if it is that cold I just stay home or go snowshoeing.
    It would an easier install than a freeze plug heater underneath the carport or in the driveway this time of year :crapstorm:
    You can get a timer to bring the heaters on a couple hours before you have to drive. Just make sure it can handle the combined wattage- which shouldn't be too high, maybe 500-600 tops. Remember the more heaters more watts
    Saves wear and tear on the engine for sure. Use one of those 12 AWG triple plug pigtails you get at Lowes so you only have to run a single cord out to your rig.
     
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  10. Jan 12, 2018 at 1:50 PM
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    The coolant heaters heat the block

    Which heats the oil

    I like the type of heaters that circulate coolant through the block .
     
  11. Jan 12, 2018 at 1:54 PM
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  12. Jan 12, 2018 at 11:56 PM
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    Before moving to AK, I had to order my block heater from a dealership in Montana. None of the dealers in the south even have access to the part number. It was cheaper than the TRDparts4u website also. That being said, I also installed a Kat’s Heater pad on the oil pan, transmission pan and a big one under my dual battery setup. My truck sits outside in -40F and starts right up and is blowing heat in about 8 min if I remember to turn the heat on before I turn it off. Make sure you remove the paint from the pans before sticking the pad on it. I removed the paint with a wire wheel and cleaned it using acetone. Once it’s stuck on, put a bead of high temp RTV (red) around it. After that’s dry, mask off the pad with painters tape and hit it with some spray paint to protect the bare metal that didn’t get covered up by RTV. Good luck, stay warm.
     
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