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    Home made Engine/coolant Pre-heaters or block heater?

    Has anybody used the pre-heater or block heater to get the engine warm,
    before use in the summer or before going to the track or for daily driving?

    And has anybody made one themselves?
    Using 12v dc rather than an extension cord to the mains supply?
    (I can only find USA main supply ones, hense the 12v dc homade option
    as none for UK voltages)

    I was thinking of something along these lines if I had to make one.



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    What is your goal? Why do you want one for the summer?

    I have a block heater and never use it below about -10c.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cd36 View Post
    What is your goal? Why do you want one for the summer?

    I have a block heater and never use it below about -10c.
    Warm the engine up before towing so less stress on engine early on is one example,
    but mainly for winter use or using the car with lpg.
    The coolant system heats the lpg vaporiser, expanding and warming the lpg gas for
    use in the engine, when the car starts it must be on petrol as the engine and coolant
    system not at the correct temperature for the lpg system to engage.
    Unless fitted by the manufacturer pre-heaters were never fitted here, and you can't
    get after market kits unless you pay a lot.
    Last edited by Mitsuru; 07-19-2011 at 09:50 PM.

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