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Old 02-10-2018, 02:06 PM   #6
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Location: Appleton, WI
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Default Re: Silly question on factory engine block heater.

Originally Posted by Saturn4Ever View Post
The car won't start faster necessarily, if its extremely cold the battery is still going to be cold and it will make that slower cranking sound. The OEM oil pan heater (not a block heater) will help the engine warm up faster - you might notice that heat is available sooner. I rarely use mine...only if its -20 C or lower.
Thanks, now I know it is an oil pan heater. Although when checked after being plugged in for a long time, I did not notice the oil in the pan or outside of the oil pan being any warmer. It may get down to 0 F in my unheated garage but not often. I still remember the lower radiator hose heaters and the ones that would pump warmed coolant throughout the engine. Now those you knew worked!


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