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> Help. I have a cousine who moved to Anchorage Alaska. He and his dad
> bought a used 2003 Ford Focus. He does not know where the cord for the
> engine block heater is. His new apartment parking lot has a plug on
> the wall where he can plug in his car.
> Does every new car sold in Alaska come with a block heater?
Dunno, but your cousin could just ask the next Ford dealer and
let him check if the car has one at all. The owners manual should
have additional info.
> I did my research on it and found out that it's actually a "freeze plug
> heater" that keeps the engine coolant warmed and it takes the place of
> the freeze plug on the engine block itself. My cousine isn't good with
> cars so he might need a mechanic. What would be a resonable price for
> the installation of such an item in the Anchorage metro area?
> Should the heater be placed on a timer or should it just be pluged in
> so long as it's freezing outside and the car is parked? It's an
> apartment so he only "indirectly" pays for electricity which is
> included in the rent.
A waste of energy, I'd use a timer or some remote control,
perhaps starting with an hour before taking off and checking if
this is enough or even to much. Depends on how much energy the
heater uses and the temperature, so you have to find it out.
> Does this heater really extend engine life? Is it worth the hassle?
Yep, but even more important the heating can be used immediately
and fuel consumption drops down a little bit.
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