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Old October 6th, 2015, 07:01 PM   #1
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Oil pan heater?

Well it's time to start thinking about winter here in ne Ohio. I know Honda makes a block heater but I'm thinking an oil pan heater will be better for the engine. There are universal heaters for pretty cheap here

https://www.wolverineheater.com/Model-9-p/9.0.htm

Anyone use something like this? I work in a job where I have to keep my car outside overnight sometimes and last year I cringed some mournings starting her up it was so cold. What will do more good the block heater or the pan heater?
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Old October 6th, 2015, 10:50 PM   #2
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Well it's time to start thinking about winter here in ne Ohio. I know Honda makes a block heater but I'm thinking an oil pan heater will be better for the engine. There are universal heaters for pretty cheap here

https://www.wolverineheater.com/Model-9-p/9.0.htm

Anyone use something like this? I work in a job where I have to keep my car outside overnight sometimes and last year I cringed some mournings starting her up it was so cold. What will do more good the block heater or the pan heater?
On a purely fluid standpoint, I would bet on the block heater. The oil pump can't move anything easily if the oil in the tiny passages in the engine are filled with thicker fluid than the fluid in the pump then the pump will just spin fluid instead of moving it.

Conversely, if the thinner fluid is still in the block, and the thicker in the pan, the thin fluid can't move until the thick fluid moves.

Also pan heaters are loaded problems, ground clearance and debris, heating the ground, oil drippage onto a heating element, etc. Personally I'd get a new alarm system that is able to auto on without starting to get heater/stereo/whatever started that 5 minutes before you get into a car, some have up to a half mile range. If you heat the very large block for 5 minutes, vs the oil, the block will hold more heat for a cleaner crossover.

But that's just 2c
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