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Old 02-06-2008, 07:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Engine Block Heater for cold weather

Are any of you using a block heater?
Of the three kinds, which did you use?
The kind that replaces a freeze plug would be a real pain to install.
There is one that splices into the heater hose, but you have to make sure that there is not a valve blocking the coolant flow.
It would seem like the easiest kind would be one that you cut the lower radiator hose and install it there.
Too bad Toyota doesn't offer one as an option or include it in the cold package.
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The best is the freeze plug type but as you stated they can be hard to install. I don't have one but my truck has started just fine in 35 below zero weather so I probably won't install one at all.
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I just bought my 08 Tundra and it came with. You get one automatically here in Canada. No choice. Pretty sure it replaces the freeze plug.
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Where is the electrical plug located on the factory installed block heater? I just want to verify that mine does not have one. I did ask at the Toyota parts counter about heaters and they had no clue. Is being a moron a job requirment at a dealership?
I don't have a problem getting it started. The problem is that I only live 4 miles from work and the engine doesn't get warm until I pull into the parking lot. It is better on the engine to get it hot to burn off the condensation.
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Driver side hole in bumper is where mine sticks out. didn't crawl under to look for actual routing.
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In the bumper? The salesman told me mine had the cold weather package and all that is with that but I have no idea where it is. But I dont have any holes in my bumpers.
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I had one put in a few weeks ago (RCLB 5.7) for the same reasons larry wants one. $100 installed. I have not heard of them coming standard in the states on other sites, so it may be a dealer choice to have one set up that way before the truck sold. My chord is zip tied to the radiator mount on driver's side, and pulled it through the grill. It's a 300w heater and plugs in to the engine by the firewall. There is a heat shield wrap around its wire/chord for about 3 feet down to the block, but not the entire length.

FYI, it takes about an hour to heat up 12 degrees at about 30deg F., maxing out at 3 hours.

Your dealer's parts department needs to call another dealer to find the appropriete part number aparently.
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could always have been a rare dealer trade.
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In the bumper? The salesman told me mine had the cold weather package and all that is with that but I have no idea where it is. But I dont have any holes in my bumpers.
The 3 rectangle holes in the front bumper... Only had my Tundra for a week and a half, mybe have terminolagy wrong.
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Hope this works.

Larry,
I bought this one after seeing it on another site.
I came it three days.
I have not installed it.
But an non-invasive install seems nicer.
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Thanks for the most helpful information. I do appreciate it!
I just ordered from Toyota of Dallas. Isn't weird that I have to order from Texas to get a part out of Canada to use in my truck located in the northern United States?
My two local dealers said they could not find this part. I am now convinced they are retarded. We have equal employment opportunity at its finest!
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Thanks for the most helpful information. I do appreciate it!
I just ordered from Toyota of Dallas. Isn't weird that I have to order from Texas to get a part out of Canada to use in my truck located in the northern United States?
My two local dealers said they could not find this part. I am now convinced they are retarded. We have equal employment opportunity at its finest!
I also tried other dealers i usually use with no luck.
We really need to thank the original poster.
I'm happy to pass on helpfull info.
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I just installed the genuine Toyota block heater (the one my dealer says does not exist). It was a pleasure to just shove it into a hole instead of openning up the cooling system and have antifreeze splash all over! Routing the wire in these very tight quarters was a pain.
The instructions that come with it were not for a Tundra and they were so poorly written that you are better off throwing them away! Thanks to RichR's link to another website, I had excellent instructions to follow. Toyota needs to copy that post and include it with the heaters. All you really need to know is where the hole is located that the heater slides into. The rest can be figured out on your own.
Now I just need to test it to find out the least amount of time it needs to be on to be effective. I'm thinking somewhere between 2 and 3 hours.
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Update on the facgtory Toyota block heater. The heater helps, but it does not get as hot as I would like. I suppose they have to keep the heat down to make it idiot proof.
The heater that works best is one that goes in the lower radiator hose, but it is messy to install.
Everyone who sees the electrical plug on the front of my truck asks me if it is a diesel.
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Just another option - nice warm oil sounds good.

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