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Its really cold...can we get a battery heater off our oem plug in for the pan heater

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Haany4x4, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. Dec 7, 2016 at 9:09 PM
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    Haany4x4

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    Hey, has anyone heard of a battery heating pad that is plugged into the same plug in oem point at the front bumper? I find it odd that it only came with the oil pan block heater and nothing else....plus they should have something to keep that clutch warm too...that thing is super slow when its fn cold out.
    Any ideas or thoughts on the matter would be great.
     
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  2. Dec 7, 2016 at 9:12 PM
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    Hey fellow Calgarian. This is a good idea!! Especially at -25 in airdrie.
    Let me know what you find out.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2016 at 9:43 PM
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    I know right, fn cold makes me nervous everytime i turn the truck on and she sounds like death at least till its warm. My old ranger had the block and battery heater all on one plug in...so toyota should be able to have the same feature. Maybe toyota reps got something? Ill ask around.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2016 at 9:54 PM
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    KenLyns

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    You can always mount a CTek battery tender in the truck. Instead of keeping the battery warm, you keep it topped off.
     
  5. Dec 8, 2016 at 4:46 AM
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    That looks cool. So that goes under the hood and you simply plug it in? Wonder if you could put that under the same plug in point at the bumper so i dont have two plug point
     
  6. Dec 8, 2016 at 4:52 AM
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    TacoCat

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    Depending on how many amps they draw together, you might be able to splice them into one plug.
     
  7. Dec 8, 2016 at 4:57 AM
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    It's not the clutch itself being cold that makes the drive-ability issue, but the hydraulic system.

    That would be pretty hard to keep warm. Maybe use some water line heater tape wrap from the master to the slave and have that plugged in too?
     
  8. Dec 8, 2016 at 5:17 AM
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    just get a 3 outlet adapter and plug them all in.

    just make sure you wrap all of that in a weather proof sealed bag or something.
     
  9. Dec 8, 2016 at 6:52 AM
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    The Tacoma factory block heater isn't a standard 3 prong 110v plug. It's a cutsy mini smurf type thing that they mount in a hole drilled in your truck. Usually in the fog light housing. I ripped mine out accidentally and broke the mount end in the fog light housing the second time I used it. Forgot to unplug it. A normal plug would just pull itself apart if you forget. Really flaky stupid design in cold weather (when you need it).
     
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    I am guessing the pan heater you are talking about is a Canada specific option ? I can find nothing about it down in the states .
     
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    So cold in Calgary.... I feel terrible starting vehicles at this temperature.
     
  12. Dec 8, 2016 at 8:41 AM
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    In canada its now mandatory to have new vehicles with block heaters. At least thats what i heard, but mine isnt in the fog housing area its actually right at the front driverside bumper.

    That is exactly what i was thinking of doing but i gotta look into the amp rating of the plug adaptor, the wire gauge size to see if i can accomodate all this stuff.

    Ya heat trace wiring would be good but again all these heat demands are rediculous amps. I was hoping for the clutch if there was a better fluid that can withstand this fn cold.

    I do to man...i only care now more do to the fact its my awesome taco haha. All in all my garage needs to be done up with a heater in it just to keep it around 10deg.
     
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    .1 Amp certainly isn't much. Even when added to your other heaters, you should be way under a normal outlet rating.

    Come on. It can't be that cold. Al Gore says so. :D
     
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    I was more concerned about wire size rating and if there is a fuse in line for the block heater.

    Al gore can live here then and call it climate change after he freezes his tesla or hybrid whatever he drives
     
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    It was -7 today (I know... warm compared to cow town Calgary) and for the first 10 minutes of driving... my clutch was like glue, literally did not even feel like a clutch. It would just go "thump" to the floor. Once it warmed up it was fine lol. What a weird feeling
     
  16. Dec 8, 2016 at 1:02 PM
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    Well, at least we don't have Vinyl seats like I had in my 1973 Vega.... I lived in Northern Ontario and of course, had a block heater, but one morning I jumped into the Vega and the seat vinyl shattered all to rat shit.... It was -48 F, so I expected the seat to be cold ... but Shatter...!! Damn near cut my butt..!
    Car engines just don't like that kind of cold either.... My 1965 Chevy 283 spit all her oil out one nite at -51, on the Hwy.(wind chill...who knows?) ... Guess the oil was a tad thick to move thru the engine...!

    In your case OP, I'd look at a plug splitter and put a battery blanket around the battery... Check the amps and seal the connection well..
     
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    I aways wondered if engines failed sooner in such conditions as compared to warmer climates . Do you know of people that get over 100,000 on average miles on an engine up there in the extreme cold ?
     
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    Sure, my 94 Z-71, has close to 350,000km on it, so that would be over 200,000 miles. I went to synthetic oil back in the early 90's for everything I could, engine, diffs, transfer cases, tranny's. Makes a world of difference, I don't think synthetic is really that much better once at operating temps, but in those first few moments with cold starts it is. I bet the majority of engine wear happens at start up.

    On a side note, you guys are lucky it's so warm down there in Calgary :cheers:
     
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    "In canada its now mandatory to have new vehicles with block heaters. At least thats what i heard, but mine isnt in the fog housing area its actually right at the front driverside bumper."

    Except in lotus land,AKA lower mainland BC :canada:
     
  20. Dec 8, 2016 at 2:02 PM
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    Lol you must be in the fort or edmonton...ya i feel sorry for you.
     

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