RE: Block heater

Does anyone have experience with block heaters? My '98 Civic LX doesn't have a block heater, and I'm wondering if anyone could offer some input regarding these two questions: can a block heater be
installed? - at roughly what cost? I'm inquiring because it gets cold in Toronto, and I like to head up to my cottage in the winter. I'd hate to be left with a frozen block. Thanks for the help!
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Ez wrote:

normal glycol antifreeze at 50/50 mix will take you down to -39C. does it get that cold in toronto? check your coolant density with a $1.99 tester from woolmort.
i think your biggest problem is cold cranking viscosity of your engine oil, and that can be cured by using a true synthetic. but that said, block heaters are available. check with your dealer.
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Never. The lowest I've ever seen it in Toronto is -22F. You have to go up to North Bay/Kapuskasing before you hit -40.
Interestingly, Kapusakasing, Ontario is where some automakers do their cold-weather testing on new models.
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Well, actually, my cottage isn't far from North Bay and the coldest I've seen there is -43 degrees with not a hair of wind. Fortunately I was driving a car with a block heater at the time.
In the weather Toronto is experiencing at the moment, I have no issues with starting, my only real issue has been a very high RPM for a few minutes before the engine settles down. Now, I cannot attribute that to a fuel problem, nor battery as I recently replaced the battery with the best one I could find ( call me paranoid). The oil I use is full synthetic 5w-30, so I cannot blame the oil either.
I haven't really googled at all with regards to this issue of mine, but I'll give it a shot.
Thanks all for the help!

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I live in Ontario, Canada. It's warm right now, about +15F.

Yes, one can be easily installed. Figure about 1 or 2 hours labor plus the $30 or so for the heater. Coolant must be drained for this.

If you keep your coolant mixture to 60/40 antifreeze/water (or use Honda premix) you will be just fine.
If you use the engine oil specified in your owners manual and don't do something stupid like use 20W-50, starting will be no trouble at all. Provided your battery is in good shape, that is.
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Just curious: Have you ever investigated a heater which, on cold nights, goes where the dipstick goes? It keeps the oil warm and so facilitates (greatly?) cold starts.
I would also be googling for other options. Last I checked, it seemed like there was a whole cornucopia of them.

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Ez wrote:

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Your block heater replaces the lower block drain plug, and takes about 30 minutes to install. The only hard part is routing the wire thru the grille. I wouldn't even drain the coolant, just do it really fast and only a few ounces splashes out. Top up the reservoir to MAX with Honda Premix and check it again next morning before starting out. Here's a PDF document for a Honda CR-v '97- '01. Yours should be very similar. Maybe somebody will post a proper link . .http://www.hondasuv.com/pdf/crv/firstgen/crv_01_engineblockheater.pdf
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"'Curly Q. Links'" wrote:

P.S. Next to the block heater, and / or synthetic oil, the next most important thing to know about starting a frozen Honda is in your Owner's Manual, where it tells you how to start in extreme cold (or at high altitude) Hold the pedal half-way to the floor and crank it. The 'rules' have changed since the early days of fuel injection. Many OLD WIVES don't know this.
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