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Oil heater or a GM block heater...

Discussion in '1982-Present GM Diesel' started by 84CUCV, Jan 24, 2003.

  1. 84CUCV

    84CUCV 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    kenndydiesel has a oil heater for 80 and GM has a block heater for like 35, but witch one works better? Thanks Mike
     
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    I would think a block heater would be better just because the coolant is in the block, where the oil is in the pan.
     
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    bump. more info, please! :)
     
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    Mike this is what I use on my CUCV, it heats up quick and circulates the water and if you leave the controls to heat it will also make the cab slighty warm also. It is from NAPA.
    Engine Heater - Tank Circulation


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    Price: $67.99
     
  5. colbystephens

    colbystephens 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    how do you hook that guy up? do you just run it through the heater hoses?
     
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    Yes. I'd also plug the cord into a 120V outlet somewhere :wink1:
     
  7. DEMON44

    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    You're way better off with a coolant heater. those circ coolant heaters are the cats azz. it keeps the frost off your windshield over night if you leave the controls set to defrost. you tee the unit into the heater core hoses. there is no pump in it, it circulates on convection so placement and orientation is critical for them. follow the manufacturers instructions. don't just slap it in.

    oil pan heater is something you would do after a coolant heater and after running 0w-40 synthetic. IMO. I run 0-40 in the winter in my engine and it really does make that much of a difference in starting in -20c to -40c cranking speed is much higher than with regular 15w-40.
     
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    What brand Oil is that?
     
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    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    the 0w-40? you can run any brand you want. I personally run Esso XD-3 because there's an Esso bulk dealer right close to me, I buy it by the 5 gal pail. any 0w-40 CI rated engine oil is going to be full synthetic.
     
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    Thanks for all the info, guys. ;)
     
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    just an fyi, You can find that coolant heater for way cheaper from other auto part stores. Napa is ripping you off.

    I'm gonna be paying 30.00 for the 1500watt one.
     
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    When do you consider it cold enough to run 0w-40? Living in the Phoenix area we seldom see temps below freezing in town, and it almost never gets below 25 degrees F, even in the surrounding desert. Then, it can get into the high 50's/low 60's during the day. However, some of the places up north that I go to hunt can get into the single digits, and stay below freezing all day...
     
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    0w-40 is rated as all season too. you "can" run it all year round. but in your summer temps down there I wouldnt do that. because your 40 of the multi weight is the rating hot. you know what I mean.

    but myself. I run it around thanksgiving through may sometime. rgardless of ambient temps. cause it can snow at any given time here. and drop to -30c -40c fast. then recover to zero within a day. I think the widest swing i've ever had in a 24 hour period is a full 40 degree celcius. it was -30c overnight and recovered to +10c with a chinook wind that afternoon. So I do it regularly by date not temp. for a regular climate temp. I'd say at around -10c.

    this is just what I do, its not scientific by anymeans. But i know what helps me and what doesn't.
     
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    care to tell us which store you're buying thru?
     
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    Checkers, If you guys want, I can get them and ship em. I'll chat with the gm who is my best friend and see what kind of deal can be worked out if i buy a few......

    Let me know if you guys are in or not!
     
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    Sounds like I don't need to bother unless I am going up north in the middle of winter. I guess I'll just play it by ear then :cool:
     
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    I'll need one of those for my cummins chevy truck for this winter/. I plan on a webasto but maybe for next year. let me see what i can get one for at work if it'll be worth shipping of not. thnks
     
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    You can do that.However I will get them cheaper then what is listed on the website. I need to talk to the GM and see what he can do. :) He has like 5 of em on the shelf, He's been trying to get rid of them for a long time. So maybe he will give em to me for dirt cheap. I will check and see.
     
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    I'd be interested to know what price you come up with.
     

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