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Location: Red Deer, Alberta
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Block heater Installation
There have been discussions from time to time about block heaters and their benefits, not only for easier starting in the cold, but also for reducing engine wear, improving fuel economy and easing the load on the battery. No one sells a car here without one, but many of you in the US have some very cold winters and yet block heaters seem to be a rarity there. I was having a problem with mine recently (turned out to be a bad plug), but in the process of investigating it I found out that this is the easiest block heater to install that I have ever seen. I have the 4cyl. but the V6 shows the same style of block heater on the Kia Canada website, so I'm guessing that it is the same design. The price is different so it might be a different wattage.
The block heater is a dry fit cartridge. It simply slides into a hole in the block and snaps into place. Route the cord out to the front and tie it up and your done. No mess, no coolant to drain and refill, not even any tools required. I think the hardest part of a new install will be finding the hole in the block, but, a new heater should have an instruction sheet. I'm guessing that there may be a plug of some sort in the hole if there is no block heater, but maybe not. If there isn't, you may need to clean out the hole first. Mine was installed dry at the dealership, but I put some heat transfer compound (like what thy use for mounting heat sinks) on it to see if it helps its efficiency. Thats why I pulled it out today. Time will tell if it makes any difference. Anyway, I wanted to post this to help out anyone who might be thinking a block heater would be a good idea but weren't sure how to go about it. Here are some pictures, they're not very good but I hope they help. Temro or Zerostart lists block heater in the 2.4L, P/N 3100111. There is no listing for the 2.7L.
Last edited by Puddleglum; 12-20-2010 at 12:51 AM.
Reason: more info.