-20C shouldn't be tough on the car. -50 on a regular basis would
have me looking. [for those of us in the lower 48, -20C is only -4F]
Keep your battery fresh [and oversized], your oil clean and the right
viscosity, and your car tuned up.
If you're dressing to go work in the great outdoors you don't need
the heater to be working right away. OTOH-- if you're on your way
to an office, a block heater will give you heat as soon as you start
your car. [won't help a bit when it is time to go home, though]
A remote starter might be worth looking into.
I wouldn't own a car without one. Aside from getting into a warm car it
is a great safety item because the defrosters are working so no
instantly fogged windows if you should happen to breathe on them.
This will not help you if the windows are frosted up.
Hereabouts we use:
-- electric interior car heater (mainly for window visibility);
-- engine block heater,
both on a timer set to start 2 hours before use (in temperatures
down to -10C) or 4 hours if colder.
Where did you buy the car??? Here in Canada every car I purchased new in
the past 20 years came with an engine block heater factory installed as
Look under the hood for the cord and plug tucked away somewhere ready to
pull out. If yours doesn't have one, I am sure the dealer has them and
knows where to install it in the engine according to the manufacturer's
On Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:07:40 -0300, "don &/or Lucille"
-20C is nothing to worry about. A reasonably well maintained car with a good
battery should start *easily* at -20C. At -35C, or so, things get a lot
dicier. A block heater is needed for a reliable start. In any case, make
sure your antifreeze is up to snuff.
If your car is fairly new with a good battery, you may not need it but
if your car is parked outside all the time at night, install one with a
timer. I am in Alberta. Cars come with block heater here but we seldom
use it. It can go as low as ~50C with windchill at times.
IMO,a smart move.
Your car starts right up,and the heater puts out hot air quickly,so you
can defrost your windows faster.
My dad had one on his 57 Caddy in Buffalo in the late 60's.
But finding room in the engine compartment for one may be hard in some
I live in Manitoba. I don't even think of plugging in the vehicles
when the temperature is above -25 C. Wind chill is not a factor. An
engine block will cool down to air temperature. If the air is -25C the
block will be -25C regardless of the wind speed. The wind will cool
the block down faster but it cannot make an object colder than the
air. We feel the wind chill because the wind draws heat away faster.
"Northern" New Brunswick?????? That's a bit of a stretch. New
Brunswick isn't big enough to have a North. We have lakes bigger than
that province. :)
You from, Taronna?
Chances are this is the only block heater you will need
On Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:07:40 -0300, don &/or Lucille wrote:
We don't have one in our Toyota, and it lives outside most of the time
(northern Minnesota, temps down to -30 or worse). Below about -25 it'll
be a bit sluggish to start, but I've never known it not to fire up.
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