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Old 02-15-2005, 04:51 PM   #1
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How would i go about installing this? I want to get this because i live in Rhode Island.. bla for winter.. thanks

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Old 02-15-2005, 07:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: Engine Block Heater Question... :)

If it's the factory Saturn part, installation instructions and mounting bolt are included. It bolts to the back of the engine block under the exhaust manifold. No big deal.

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Old 02-15-2005, 09:24 PM   #3
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No big deal if you have a lift. I looked at it and then brought it to my dealer in Poughkeepsie and he did a first rate job for $60. It is no big deal as long as you have the right tools and a warm place to work and can get at it from underneath the car. If you go for it, he ran the power cord along the right side (passenger side) of the engine compartment and tied the plug to the bottom of the radiator in the center. It does help the car start without groaning in cold weather.

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Old 02-17-2005, 06:12 PM   #4
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I've considered the engine block and have had many on older cars. Saturn also recommends synthetic oil when colder - which I have been using. So far, so good on -15 starts. It does get colder though in Vermont.

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Old 02-19-2005, 06:52 AM   #5
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I would'nt mind having one, but at $150 installed at Saturn, I think I'll wait until I change the coolant and install it myself and save the dime. Beside mine has no problem starting in -30C, so there's no hurry, I just wish she warmed up faster atthose temps.

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Old 02-20-2005, 12:46 PM   #6
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Mine was factory/dealer installed and I m still looking for the chord.

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Old 02-21-2005, 10:55 PM   #7
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Mine was factory/dealer installed and I m still looking for the chord.
Hey there,

I had mine installed on the 03 VUE in Hurst, TX and they had to take
some extra time since all of the techs had never installed one. I had to install
the cord myself since they messed up and never shipped it to me til
I moved north (3 months later go fig
)

Oh well, works like a champ.
BTW- I have a battery heater and oil pan heater from NAPA for ~$100 with tax.
On days with -30 it starts at the cold mark but feels like a normal summer
day without it plugged in.
The only prob is with the ION is I have a blue flex cord run out the back of
the ION to plug in the battery heater and engine blocker heater into a
3-way plug.

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Old 02-21-2005, 11:24 PM   #8
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I would'nt mind having one, but at $150 installed at Saturn, I think I'll wait until I change the coolant and install it myself and save the dime. Beside mine has no problem starting in -30C, so there's no hurry, I just wish she warmed up faster atthose temps.

Just because your car will start in -30 doesn't mean you don't need a block heater. Using a block heater at -20 C and below will insure engine longevity.

Just my two bits worth from Northern Alberta.

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Old 02-22-2005, 01:01 PM   #9
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Hey there,

I had mine installed on the 03 VUE in Hurst, TX and they had to take
some extra time since all of the techs had never installed one. I had to install
the cord myself since they messed up and never shipped it to me til
I moved north (3 months later go fig
)

Oh well, works like a champ.
BTW- I have a battery heater and oil pan heater from NAPA for ~$100 with tax.
On days with -30 it starts at the cold mark but feels like a normal summer
day without it plugged in.
The only prob is with the ION is I have a blue flex cord run out the back of
the ION to plug in the battery heater and engine blocker heater into a
3-way plug.

Slade
Found the chord it is all folded up by the air box, it is in that corrigated protective black cover stuff. I also found the chord was not connected to the block heater!!

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Old 02-22-2005, 10:48 PM   #10
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Hey there,

Installation of a Saturn Block Heater $300.
Q & C the techs that installed it = PRICELESS

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Old 02-23-2005, 03:53 AM   #11
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Wremote, it don't get down to -30 here very often, besides I work overnight, nowhere to plug it in at work anyway. Average temps in the winter time here is about -12 +/-. Not a great concern, on real cold days I usually let it idle for a few minutes before going anywhere.

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