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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.
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thanks for posting it.

is it a tight fit?

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No, it is a loose slip fit.


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I'm tempted to try and install one.... How long did it take you?
I had a jeep CJ with a frost plug heater and LOVED it.
The temp gauge would start moving andI would get heat within two blocks of the house
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Has anyone verified that a US v6 can accept a block heater? (mine is 2008)
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I'm tempted to try and install one.... How long did it take you?
I had a jeep CJ with a frost plug heater and LOVED it.
The temp gauge would start moving andI would get heat within two blocks of the house
Once you find the hole in the block, it should take less than 30min. You may want to remove the top section of the air intake for extra clearance. I forgot to mention that before, but it's only 2 - 6mm bolts and it snaps off. Even plugged in , I don't get heat in 2 blocks, but it does warm up much faster than when it's unplugged.


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Just an update on the heat transfer compound I installed on my block heater. I was seeing a 20-25*C temperature rise before, depending on time plugged. Now I'm seeing a 25-30*C temp. rise so it helped quite a bit. I would recommend it on a new install or for those of you that have block heaters already.


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what side of the engine is the block heater on?
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what side of the engine is the block heater on?
If you could please fill out your profile with what model and engine you have and your location, it will help us answer your questions better.
On my 2.4 4cyl., the block heater mounts at the rear of the engine at the left front corner, under the rad hoses. I'm afraid I can't help with the location on other engines.


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Just to build a bit on Puddleglum's excellent info, I put this instructable together today:
2012 Kia Rondo Block Heater Installation

Hope someone finds it useful!
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