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Old 11-14-2011, 05:07 PM
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Just need some tips on how long to plug the heater in (plan on using a timer) when the temps dip below freezing.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:12 PM
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Most people do about 4hrs or so before start.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:24 PM
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I go about 3hrs if the temp is down around 25* it will bring the coolant temp up to around 90* on my edge. Here on the west coast it does not get that cold.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:56 PM
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In the same boat of getting a timer for my block heater.

I have been thinking at least 3 if not 4 hours before the morning.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:00 PM
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I think last year I did 3 hours, but I'm not 100% on that. I would try out different times and see what the shortest time you can run it to get optimal results.
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:52 AM
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This am it read 17 on the thermometer and I had the timer running for a hour and a half before getting in at the gauge read 84 ect and 76 eot and it started very nicely. But I also have 540 rotella in there.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:18 AM
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After 3-4 hours it will be as warm as it is gonna get.
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:42 AM
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Thanks guys. I want to try and keep it to a minimum just for the sake of the power bill.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:43 AM
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3 hrs here. Helps alot when its cold and windy at 3 am
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:55 AM
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I also do 3 hours when the temps get in to the 30s or lower. I'm sure I could do it for less, but the pennies it costs to run it a little longer vice the cost of engine parts steer me to plug it in for 3 hours.
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