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Old 01-15-2009, 12:26 AM   #1
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Block Heater Options?

Does anyone know why GM is not offering the optional block heater on the V-8 (SS) models and only on the V-6? I'm going to need one on my SS!!! Right now at work the temp is -33F (-60 wind chill)!!! I think that warrants an investment in a block heater!!! Anyway I just wasn't sure if there was some restriction or reason that a block heater could not be installed on these new LS engines. Lastly, if I decide to do something aftermarket for a block heater, what are my options? I'd like something a little better than those "flaky" dipstick heaters. I'm just not sure if these new engines have freeze plugs in them like the old school engines or what. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:46 AM   #2
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i dont know man-im in ny aand its ognna be around 13 degrees here on friday-errrr dam man thats cold for me-i feel for you
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:12 AM   #3
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Why not Minot

Why not Minot, freezing the reason.... I don't know about you but this MSgt(ret) is putting mine to rest during the winter. There is no way im driving my baby on the roads up here in Anchorage during the winter....
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:28 AM   #4
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Why not Minot, freezing the reason.... I don't know about you but this MSgt(ret) is putting mine to rest during the winter. There is no way im driving my baby on the roads up here in Anchorage during the winter....
I would definitely prefer to put my Camaro away for the winter too, but I'm not sure if that will be an option for me. I don't think I'll be able to financially support having three vehicles (Camaro + my truck + wife's car). I know everyone is going to say "just get a beater for the winter". But man, up here in this cold, a "beater" just doesn't cut it. You've gotta have something very reliable with a darn good heater. So it's quite possible I may have to drive my Camaro in the winter (yes, I'll get some good winter tires, or at least all-season). But I'm just trying to figure out what I can do about a block heater. Definitely don't want my new LS3 to crack!!!
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:35 AM   #5
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blazzin1, I'm still trying to get my mind around 33 degrees below zero!!! Damn....
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:37 AM   #6
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Yeah, it sucks! If anyone wants to hire me, I'm definitely ready to retire and head down South!!! Then I wouldn't need to worry about the dang block heater!!! LOL!!
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:34 AM   #7
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I would think that option would be on the car. Let me look at the book
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:49 AM   #8
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I would definitely prefer to put my Camaro away for the winter too, but I'm not sure if that will be an option for me. I don't think I'll be able to financially support having three vehicles (Camaro + my truck + wife's car). I know everyone is going to say "just get a beater for the winter". But man, up here in this cold, a "beater" just doesn't cut it. You've gotta have something very reliable with a darn good heater. So it's quite possible I may have to drive my Camaro in the winter (yes, I'll get some good winter tires, or at least all-season). But I'm just trying to figure out what I can do about a block heater. Definitely don't want my new LS3 to crack!!!
My son was stationed at Minot for 5+ years. He took his 1999 Pontiac Sunfire and it NEVER failed him. Of course he used 0-20 Mobil 1 in the winter, installed a brand new Sears Die Hard and we had a block heater installed.

Of course some interior trim pieces (frozen so hard) shattered which he never replace. But GM should offer an optional Block Heater. It's cheap insurance for folks that live and work in our northern tier states.
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:44 PM   #9
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Yup ooo yup. it's -30F right now and my car won't start. called a buddy for a ride, his diesel won't start. Sisters car doors are frozen shut too. looks like im breakin out the ole' two wheeler lol
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:35 PM   #10
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Man thats freezing. And you americans think we Canadians live in cold temperatures. Its 50 F here in Edmonton Alberta and getting warmer this weekend. Winter here is milder here than it is down south. Do you guys live in igloos? hehe
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:32 PM   #11
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You can get a magnetic block heater.

Aye and yes we don't need those down here it's been 70's and sunny for weeks on end in the afternoon. I don't even have heater core in my truck (it's bypassed).

You can also get a remote start. Start it every few hrs to keep it warm.
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:46 PM   #12
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But you can't remote start a car with a manual transmission because you have to push the clutch in while you are turning the ignition........that being I'm under the assumption, can someone prove me wrong....
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:26 PM   #13
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But you can't remote start a car with a manual transmission because you have to push the clutch in while you are turning the ignition........that being I'm under the assumption, can someone prove me wrong....
Yes you can, have a remote starter w/ manual. Im not sure exactly how it bypasses the clutch. You also have to not have it in gear or you will stall it.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:10 PM   #14
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And just think if you lived in Fairbanks AK... It has been at or below -40F(not windchill) for 10 days straight. Not only do you need a block heater, but a battery blanket, and interior heater. Have you ever put an automatic in drive and not have it move for over a minute, until the trans fluid heated up.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:17 PM   #15
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even though my summer car is parked for the winter, I still plug it in when it gets to -25c
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:02 AM   #16
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Magnetic block heaters suck. You have to plug them in when the car is still warm and the cord is too short and they only work if your oil pan is steel and they only warm the oil. The best luck I ever had with a coolant heater was one that grafted into the lower radiator hose in such a place that convection would carry warm coolant up into the block. Put that on a 74 'burban with a snowplow and never had a problem starting it even with the 25 yr old (at the time) rochester carb on it, even with the -20 to -30 spells we had here when I owned it.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:30 PM   #17
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The SS has something the V6 doesn't have, that is probably using the location a block heater would otherwise occupy.
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