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Old 03-01-2010, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got wind of colorados coming with block heaters?

why?
where are they?
is it really needed in 15*?
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IIRC, they are a factory option. Usually only ordered or standard equipment in cold climates.
It's listed as a $75 option on the 2010 Chevy website.
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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how would i know if my 06 has one? where are they located
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Old 03-01-2010, 04:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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how would i know if my 06 has one? where are they located
From the photo, it appears a heated element sits in the coolant. An power cord runs to the grill area so you can plug it into house current. If you don's see a plug and a 110volt cord in your engine compartment, you don't have a heater.
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I don't think you'd need one. My canyon sat out over night all the time last year, even in 30 below temps, nothing froze and the engine started up just fine.


But nothing wrong with being extra safe.
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yea I got use to it from my last truck a 97 f250 7.3L it was nice and warm heat was hot when you first start her up its real nice and easier on the truck, just not on the electric bill lol
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've got one on my 05 Work Truck. It is located on the driver's side of the engine near the front. I have the cable coiled up and sitting in front of my battery. Since the truck is almost always parked inside I have never used it. My truck was originally purchased in Minnesota. I have a similar heater on my diesel John Deere. I plug it in any time I plan to use it and the OAT is below about 20 F. I see no need for the block heater on a gasoline powered Collie unless you are below -10F or so.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It is located on the driver's side of the engine near the front. I have the cable coiled up and sitting in front of my battery.
Yeah, thats where mine is, all coiled up when I discovered I had one. We usually have below freezing temps here in Ontario so I was really glad to have one. But this year I only used it twice, not really as cold as last year. I bought a medium duty outdoor extension cord from Home Depot to avoid problems with wet conditions- temperatures are really up and down this year.
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Old 03-05-2010, 08:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I think I read some where that it doesn't come on till the temperature is zero degrees or colder.
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