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Kats 11813 engine block heater review

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by reiss91, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Feb 6, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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    reiss91

    reiss91 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So last night I installs the kats 11813 heater. Trdparts4u.com said the Toyota one was discontinued so I had to go aftermarket. It was pretty easy to install However there is a bracket that interfered with the unit do I shaved a little flat spot on it to get it to slide in. I'm happy with this though as I know it's never gonna fall out. That clip didn't seem to do much anyways.

    I had it plugged in from 10pm-7am. The temp gauge was still below cold however my 6MT didn't act like it was cold wich I liked and the gauge was above cold in less than 2 minutes compare to over 10 before the heater. It was only 30 degrees last night though.

    I do wish the heater was a bit more powerful but beggars can't be choosers. I might get an oil pan heater just for shits cause I have a very short commute and I imagine my oil never gets to operating temp.

    Overall I'm happy and it was definitly worth the 40 bucks from napa auto.
     
  2. Feb 6, 2012 at 6:48 AM
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    Pugga

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    Glad you're happy with the block heater. I hope you go somewhere colder than MA though... it's not really cold enough here to require a block heater or very rarely gets cold enough to require one. Also, you might want to look at a plug that's on a timer so you don't leave it plugged in for 9 hours straight.
     
  3. Feb 6, 2012 at 7:09 AM
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    Consider also putting the wall outlet on a switch. Switch on the heater when you wake and by the time you are ready to leave, you should be warmer, if not warmed the engine.
     
  4. Feb 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM
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    reiss91

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    I will most definitly be putting a timer on the heater so it's not on for excessive amounts of time. Your right that I don't really need one however I take very short trips in the morning to work and the coolant doesnt even hit operating temp. Now with the heater I'm fully warmed up before work.

    I also have a house in nh that is very cold in the winter time. This will obviously bring me much more of a benefit there than in mass.
     
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