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    Car Guy
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    Default Engine Block Heater Necessary?

    I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 and was wondering what the pros/cons are to
    installing a Block Heater?

    Currently, I have no problems getting the car started in the cold. I use
    Mobil 1 5W30 Synthetic year round, the engine heats up quickly, etc.

    Is there any long term benefits for running a block heater on a car?

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    A
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    I suppose it may depend what your climate is like. I begin plugging in when
    the temp. is going to go to below zero F overnight. I use a timer and set
    it for between 1 and 4 hours before I plan to use the car. The 4 hour
    setting is used for nights when it is going to get to minus 30F.

    Some of the new timers now on the market have a remote control feature -
    which would be great when you could just plug the car in every time you come
    home - leave the timer set to off - and use the remote to turn the power on
    one or two hours before you plan to use the car.

    IMHO - heating up the engine with a block heater is going to lengthen engine
    life - as it allows it to start easier seeing as the whole block is warmed
    up. On the comfort side - the plugged-in car begins to produce heat for the
    interior faster. The cost is minimal if you use a timer.

    I have a (former) brother-in-law (the type with a cigarette package tucked
    in his t-shirt sleeve). He used to scoff at me plugging in & say HIS cars
    were TOUGH and would not be plugged in. He is on his 10'th or 11'th car
    (and countless 'no start' tow truck bills) - while I continue to chug away
    with my one 1989 Camry - 380,000 km on it - which starts every time....
    Guess my car is a wuss .... one that starts though!

    "Car Guy" <ac222@...........m> wrote in message
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    > I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 and was wondering what the pros/cons are to
    > installing a Block Heater?
    >
    > Currently, I have no problems getting the car started in the cold. I use
    > Mobil 1 5W30 Synthetic year round, the engine heats up quickly, etc.
    >
    > Is there any long term benefits for running a block heater on a car?
    >
    >

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    JP
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    Default Engine Block Heater Necessary?

    > I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 and was wondering what the pros/cons are to
    > installing a Block Heater?


    I don't use one, even at minus 30C because....

    > Currently, I have no problems getting the car started in the cold. I use
    > Mobil 1 5W30 Synthetic year round, the engine heats up quickly, etc.
    > Is there any long term benefits for running a block heater on a car?


    ....I also use synthetics which makes starting easy.

    JP

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    vmkng3
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    Default Engine Block Heater Necessary?

    Hi:

    It really depends on the climate in your area. In some very cold areas in
    Canada, most cars sold have a block heater, and long-term parking lots have
    electrical outlets on each spot. The short-term parking lots, like in
    shopping malls, have no outlets.

    If most cars sold in your area come without block heaters, you probably do
    not need it either.

    Regards.

    "Car Guy" <ac222@...........m> wrote in message
    news:veoNb.2705$c1.524946@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 and was wondering what the pros/cons are to
    > installing a Block Heater?
    >
    > Currently, I have no problems getting the car started in the cold. I use
    > Mobil 1 5W30 Synthetic year round, the engine heats up quickly, etc.
    >
    > Is there any long term benefits for running a block heater on a car?
    >
    >

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    Scarx
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    Default Engine Block Heater Necessary?

    "JP" <perettij@nbnet.nb.ca> wrote in message
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    > > I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 and was wondering what the pros/cons are to
    > > installing a Block Heater?

    >
    > I don't use one, even at minus 30C because....
    >
    > > Currently, I have no problems getting the car started in the cold. I

    use
    > > Mobil 1 5W30 Synthetic year round, the engine heats up quickly, etc.
    > > Is there any long term benefits for running a block heater on a car?

    >
    > ....I also use synthetics which makes starting easy.
    >
    > JP


    Your experience mirrors mine. Even though I live in Edmonton, Alberta, I
    haven't used my block heater on my 99 Camry in at least 3 years. IF I was
    using conventional oil, I would definitely be plugging in for about 3 hours
    before usage, when temp. dropped below -15 C or 5 F.


    >
    >

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    woohoo!
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    Default Engine Block Heater Necessary?

    heat the battery eh, then she will start.

    "vmkng3" <vmkng..........m> wrote in message
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    > Hi:
    >
    > It really depends on the climate in your area. In some very cold areas in
    > Canada, most cars sold have a block heater, and long-term parking lots

    have
    > electrical outlets on each spot. The short-term parking lots, like in
    > shopping malls, have no outlets.
    >
    > If most cars sold in your area come without block heaters, you probably do
    > not need it either.
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    >
    > "Car Guy" <ac222@...........m> wrote in message
    > news:veoNb.2705$c1.524946@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > > I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 and was wondering what the pros/cons are to
    > > installing a Block Heater?
    > >
    > > Currently, I have no problems getting the car started in the cold. I

    use
    > > Mobil 1 5W30 Synthetic year round, the engine heats up quickly, etc.
    > >
    > > Is there any long term benefits for running a block heater on a car?
    > >
    > >

    >
    >

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