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post #61 of 205 Old 10-15-2013, 12:45 PM
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When I was in Minnesota, I used to have those magnetic oil pan heaters. Easy to install and remove during warmer months.

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When I was in Minnesota, I used to have those magnetic oil pan heaters. Easy to install and remove during warmer months.

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I remember those more for them falling off, than anything else...
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The smaller ones (cheaper) fall off easily, the one with the bigger magnet doesn't. You'll be surprised how they get stuck with all the salt/grime after winter.
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Has anyone installed a remote starter on their vehicle?
Be careful. The hybrid has a complex wiring and control system. The dealer here will not install remote starts on hybrids.

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Be careful. The hybrid has a complex wiring and control system. The dealer here will not install remote starts on hybrids.
Toyota seems to sell one specifically for the TCH, I would go with that one.
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dealer says its toyota... they often are not!
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dealer says its toyota... they often are not!
And a remote car starter is NOT going to help MPG, only hurt it! In fact if you install one, you take the distinct chance that the Hybrid ECO god will strike you down with a bolt of 645 volt NiMH power!

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Toyota seems to sell one specifically for the TCH, I would go with that one.
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And a remote car starter is NOT going to help MPG, only hurt it! In fact if you install one, you take the distinct chance that the Hybrid ECO god will strike you down with a bolt of 645 volt NiMH power!
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I remember "dipstick heaters" which replaced the conventional dipstick and kept the oil warm. No, they were not heaters for younger brothers!

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Used to live in Alaska for over 30 years. Engine block heaters are great for helping start a cold car and help the engine warm up faster. They consume quite a bit of electricity in the process. Generally you can start a car with a good battery down to about -10F with nothing but after that a block heater is needed. 0-20 oil might make it a little easier.
Cardboard in front of the radiator? Not sure how it would help the hybrid as I was under the impression most of the heater was electric and ran off the batteries. Or does the car have a heater core? Cardboard works but you need to really watch it because during warm weather it can create over heating problems.

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Used to live in Alaska for over 30 years. Engine block heaters are great for helping start a cold car and help the engine warm up faster. They consume quite a bit of electricity in the process. Generally you can start a car with a good battery down to about -10F with nothing but after that a block heater is needed. 0-20 oil might make it a little easier.
Had one installed in my car when I was stationed in Idaho in 1976. I believe the block heater I had pulled 400 watts. Electricity was very cheap in Idaho in the 1970ies. It as cheaper to heat your house with electric than natural gas back then.
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Not sure how it would help the hybrid as I was under the impression most of the heater was electric and ran off the batteries. Or does the car have a heater core?
No electric heat that I am aware of. It does have an electric pump to pump hot engine coolant to the standard in car heater core. That way it can provide some heat without running the engine. However at some point the engine cools and it will start to warm itself up again, and make a bit of electricity at the same time.

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I can't imagine what good it would do to block airflow to the radiator. The thermostat will close down to keep the coolant temperature at the proper level.

*Edit* Well, I did a little reading on it and apparently in really cold temps (like below 0 deg F) it does help, because the block alone dissipates so much heat in those temps that you need to keep the cold air out of the engine bay. Never would have known that one.


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Yep, and in places like here, "really cold temps" is more like -40F (or C).
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