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Old 01-07-2009, 05:37 AM   #1
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Block heater?

Hello I am in Canada and I've been told that all the cars for Canda must have a block heater? I have been looking for the heater and can't find it. I know for sure there is no cord in my car, wondering if I just have the block heater and no cord?? ( if so I need to get it) but where would it be the heater if it is instaled on my max (2000 SE).
I did search but could not find anything.

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Hello I am in Canada and I've been told that all the cars for Canda must have a block heater? I have been looking for the heater and can't find it. I know for sure there is no cord in my car, wondering if I just have the block heater and no cord?? ( if so I need to get it) but where would it be the heater if it is instaled on my max (2000 SE).
I did search but could not find anything.

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you make it sound sound like "must" means it is the law. Do you live in Nunavut? Unless you are expecting record lows or a constant temperature lower than your antifreeze I wouldn't say you "must" have one. I'm in Canada and have never worried about it.

It seems like most GLE's built in Canada have a block heater so you can hit up the dealership for one, or just get a generic one from some place like Canadian Tire
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I am in SW Ontario so usually temp no lower than -15 sometimes it can go low but it is not frequent. I just want to protect the engine at cold starts.
Let me rephrase my question. anyone has a picture of where the engine block is located on the VQ30DE-K. That way I can look there and see if there is a OE block heater perhaps I need to buy/install one.
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I am in SW Ontario so usually temp no lower than -15 sometimes it can go low but it is not frequent. I just want to protect the engine at cold starts.
Let me rephrase my question. anyone has a picture of where the engine block is located on the VQ30DE-K. That way I can look there and see if there is a OE block heater perhaps I need to buy/install one.
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you don't need one man...i live in Newfoundland and have NEVER had one or even considered buying one. My car starts every morning (knock on wood) without any trouble. Theres no need. They are good for people like my buddy who lives in the NWT and it's -40 there right now, but not for us.
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I am in SW Ontario so usually temp no lower than -15 sometimes it can go low but it is not frequent. I just want to protect the engine at cold starts.
Let me rephrase my question. anyone has a picture of where the engine block is located on the VQ30DE-K. That way I can look there and see if there is a OE block heater perhaps I need to buy/install one.
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Did you look in the FSM? It's shown there.

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Thanks pmohr for the diagram, I don't know what is a FSM and where to find it, is there a link to it. Thanks again


I just realized you got a link to it, sorry about that. I got it now and I saved a copy!!
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only advantage to a block heater is the heater will work a little sooner when you get in the car. Or too keep your coolant from freezing if it gets below -40


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Thanks pmohr for the diagram, I don't know what is a FSM and where to find it, is there a link to it. Thanks again
Yes, in my sig.
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You guys think you have it bad, it hit 32 degrees here yesterday in Maryland
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-15 thats bad but I'd rather have that than 30 w/ freezing rain we had today
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word. my car had a good half inch on ice covering the entire body of the car. I took some pics of it...i couldnt believe it...took me an hour to thaw that thing.
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