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Old 02-13-2010, 08:52 AM
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I also live in cold winter Canada, a block heater is mandatory on Canadian vehicles, however as stated in previous posts you do not entirely need one. Wind chill will not make a big difference as the engine is blocked from most of the wind. A block heater will allow your truck to warm more quickly and keep your oil more fluid allowing it to flow more easily at cold temps , but the oil in your truck should be fairly thin any way. For a better explanation try this site.

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We had a few days in December where the temperature dipped as low as -48c. I never plugged mine in and it started just fine.
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- where do i find a blockheater for my 5,9L 2002 ?

- is it difficult to mount by myself ?
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lifting the thread again !

iv been looking for a blockheater but it seems hard to find only for the diesel engines !

and in we in europe use another voltage than in US, 230 volts 50 Hz !
will it not be possible to us the us heater here ?
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lifting the thread again !

iv been looking for a blockheater but it seems hard to find only for the diesel engines !

and in we in europe use another voltage than in US, 230 volts 50 Hz !
will it not be possible to us the us heater here ?
Hi, is it 220v in sweden?
In russia 220. so with heater i bought 220-110v converter, 1kw its enough.
About installation - takes 15 minutes.
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Wind chill will not make a big difference as the engine is blocked from most of the wind.
Wind chill has no effect on a cold engine or any other inanimate object. A cold engine at -20 is -20 regardless of what your body experiences.
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I am picking up my new Big Horn Ram today. I noticed in the window sticker that no engine block heater is listed.

1.If the heater is installed, is it normal for it to be shown on the window sticker?

2. Can a dealer installed the heater or is this only factory installed?

3. With the new engine do you really need an engine block heater? (I will be traveling to Bountiful, Utah in 2 weeks. Brrr):
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Hello. I have one on my 2003 ram. I have never used a block heater for it or actually anything i have ever owned. I live in Ontario, Canada and it gets pretty cold up here. Never needed it. I too say not to bother but if something you want sure. Its not a big job.
Not sure if you would need one in Arizona, Bones 64, wow, you live in Ontario and you don't use a block heater, that sounds like an iminent torture test to me.
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I live in Montreal where the winters are pretty cold, And I've never used a block heater on any of my cars. I had the hood opened on my Ram the other day and noticed I have a block heater. That said, I don't think I'll be using it. With the remote starter I don't need it.
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I live in Edmonton, AB. This past week we have ranged from -20c - 37c. I park my truck outside and have had zero issues with it starting. Does it take longer to heat? I really cant say cause I let it run for 10 or so before I get in.

Too bad plugging the truck in doesnt keep the leather seats and steering wheel warm otherwise mine would always be plugged.

Another option, if you dont want the block heater, get an aftermarket car starter with a temp sensor on it. I dont have this, but have on previous older vehicles. Its great. You set the temp. for when you want the vehicle to start. I had mine set to run every 3 hours for 10 minutes when the temp hit -30c or lower. Used a little more gas...but good comfort back then knowing the truck would still start in the morning (even tho it was plugged in).
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I use block heaters and live by them. Yes you do not need a block heater when its 10 to 20 below BUT it does help and is easier on your vehicle. And if you are a environut it reduces the pollution your vehicle spits out at initial start-up during cold periods.

What I do is hook a timer to my outside outlet and then set it for 2 hrs prior to me leaving for work, so if I am running late, or on time the engine will be ready.
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