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Old 10-11-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Gen 3 BLOCK HEATERS Arrived, Just In time For Winter

Project this weekend is to install these options on the Two S-Series Saturns to help with faster warmup in the winter and easier starting.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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The Install on both cars went smooth without any trouble, I routed the heater plug the exact way the instruction sheet told me to, clipped onto the radiator support with the male end routed behind the driverside headlight.
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Takes about 1.5 to 3 hours of on time for max effect. If outside a waterproof blanket covering the front of the car down to the ground does wonders.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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That is a very fine & clean looking installation!

Where did you get them and how much was the cost $
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:44 PM   #5
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1.5 definatly sounds good, After the install I decided to try them just to be sure that they got hot and Id say no longer then 15 seconds it got so hot you couldnt touch it so they definatly get hot fast, I got them at my local GM Dealer I gave the parts guy the part number and he said they were discontinued but a warehouse in Wisconsin showed to have some stock left so I got him to place the order for 2 and they both came in 3 days they costed me $72 dollars a piece.
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:25 AM   #6
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How did you get these, I called 3 dealers and they all told me they were discontinued, does anyone know where I can get one to install on my 01 SL1?
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They are discontinued, but theres a warehouse in Wisconsin that has some stock left in them according to the parts guy at my local GM Dealer, I really dont believe I got the last 2 known in existance....
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There are a few left. Just grabbed one for my '99.
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Where did you get yours from, I called the GM dealer today with that part number and he said he could no longer get that part I asked him to do a search and he said no GM dealers in the US show that they have stock in it...
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I'll ask my parts guys - I've spent a lot of money with them and they are a HUGE help. I'll report back Monday night!
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Looks like a nice clean install. I was wondering how cold it gets up where you are...I live in Toronto, Canada and never needed a block heater.
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It depends some of the coldest nights were in the plus 5 to 10 degree range which I know isn't as cold as you probably have up there in Canada but the whole reason I installed them was for the aspect of it being easier on the engine with wear on cold startup and faster heater output so I dont have to "warm up" my car in the winter and use gas.

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I just placed the order on GMPartsCenter.net they accepted it so Im thinking that the order went through well see in a few days.
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I've ordered plenty from them, and always end up getting a call the next day saying they can't get the parts...their catalog is out of date. Send me a PM if you can't get it through them.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:45 PM   #15
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Plenty of block heaters available. If anybody is having trouble ordering them, I'll order you one through my local dealer, just PM me.
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Shame these wouldn't fit a '95 SOHC engine block.
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Supposidly the newer ones can be modified somehow to fit the 91-97 older style blocks, If someone knows how to modify the unit maybe they will chime in and tell you whats involved or what exactly needs to be done for it to work as designed, I believe it involves a shorter mounting bolt and something with the mounting tab that goes up into the block but dont quote me, someone with more experience with this will give you a better explanation.
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The slot in the lower side of the head flange is in a slightly different position. Place tab "A" in slot "B" and check mounting bolt alignment and heating element position relationship to block, modify to fit. Slight filing and bracket bending required.
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I got my heater today however the install went very wrong, when I installed it I torqued the bolt to 35 ft/lbs and cracked the boss on the block where it bolts to I have a bad oil leak there now, where do I go from here, what a mess.
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Why did you torque the bolt down that much??? The paper the heater came with said 18 ft/lbs, I didnt even tighten it that much, I used the correct thread pitch tap to clean the threads in the block, Got the heater into position, then applied some anti-seize to the 10mm bolt installed the bolt and just snugged it with a quarter inch rachet and 10mm socket, 35 foot pounds on a little bolt like that was bad.
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