Are block heaters still needed for newer cars? - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Forum Ford Forum

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
ยป Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Ford Cars and PAG Vehicles > Ford Taurus | Mercury Sable | Ford Taurus SHO | 1986-2007
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Auto Loans Garage Mark Forums Read Auto Escrow

Ford Taurus | Mercury Sable | Ford Taurus SHO | 1986-2007 Forum for discussion of the Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable and Ford Taurus SHO. Covers vehicle years: 1986-2007

FordForums.com is the premier Ford Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-19-2006, 12:17   #1 (permalink)
94/04 Taurus
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northwest Minnesota
Age: 34
Posts: 35
Are block heaters still needed for newer cars?

I was told by someone, not a mechanic, that block heaters are not needed on "newer" cars. Is this true or a load of crap? If it is still a good idea to have a block heater in a 2004 Taurus 3.0 24 valve duratec for instance, about how much would one cost, installed? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Jakin is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-20-2006, 13:34   #2 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 288
Re: Are block heaters still needed for newer cars?

they're a factory option for about $100, but you really only need one if you live in Alaska, North Dakota, Northern Minnesota, etc.
Dr. Disque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2006, 11:39   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Sierra Foothills, California
Posts: 29
Re: Are block heaters still needed for newer cars?

Depends on where you live. If you live in a southern or western state, no. If you live in Canada, Alaska, North Dakota, Minnesota, then yeah.
Tremo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2006, 19:06   #4 (permalink)
Taco_90
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Moose Jaw, Sask.
Posts: 18
Re: Are block heaters still needed for newer cars?

Since you're in Minnesota I'm going to tell you that yes you need a block heater. Try this simple test on a cold January day. Buy a quart of oil, leave it outside overnight for twelve hours. In the morning remove the lid and try to pour the oil. I'm sure you'll find it to be a bit thick. Now think of how hard your car's oil pump has to work to get that oil through your engine. Will your car start? Probly. Are you wearing out your engine? Definately!
__________________
My Opinions Are Free...Take Them For What They Are Worth.
taco_90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2006, 20:37   #5 (permalink)
94/04 Taurus
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northwest Minnesota
Age: 34
Posts: 35
Re: Are block heaters still needed for newer cars?

Quote:
Originally Posted by taco_90
Since you're in Minnesota I'm going to tell you that yes you need a block heater. Try this simple test on a cold January day. Buy a quart of oil, leave it outside overnight for twelve hours. In the morning remove the lid and try to pour the oil. I'm sure you'll find it to be a bit thick. Now think of how hard your car's oil pump has to work to get that oil through your engine. Will your car start? Probly. Are you wearing out your engine? Definately!
Thank you for your comments. Now that I know it is still needed, how do you install one? Is it something that I could do myself?
Jakin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2006, 21:13   #6 (permalink)
Taco_90
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Moose Jaw, Sask.
Posts: 18
Re: Are block heaters still needed for newer cars?

On the side of your engine block you will find "frost plugs". They are about
1.5" in diameter. Drain your coolant completely, knock out one of the plugs and install the block heater. Try not to run the cord too close to exhaust or anything else that gets real hot. I'd have to check but there might be a specific plug for block heaters. I'm sure Ford can tell you which one.
__________________
My Opinions Are Free...Take Them For What They Are Worth.
taco_90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2006, 21:18   #7 (permalink)
94/04 Taurus
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northwest Minnesota
Age: 34
Posts: 35
Re: Are block heaters still needed for newer cars?

Quote:
Originally Posted by taco_90
On the side of your engine block you will find "frost plugs". They are about
1.5" in diameter. Drain your coolant completely, knock out one of the plugs and install the block heater. Try not to run the cord too close to exhaust or anything else that gets real hot. I'd have to check but there might be a specific plug for block heaters. I'm sure Ford can tell you which one.

Thank you much! I will check it out.
Jakin is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Ford Cars and PAG Vehicles > Ford Taurus | Mercury Sable | Ford Taurus SHO | 1986-2007



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 00:47.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.