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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by Sunil-123 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:10 pm

nazar1212 wrote:
So I was wondering if engine block heaters will work in minus 50??? or what's the coldest temperature anyone has ever used their engine heaters in???


As you might know, it is illegal to keep car idle for more than two or four minutes in the winter:


The OP is from Russia where it might not be illegal. So this information is irrelevent. Even in Finland I have seen Taxis, Posti cars (while waiting for newspapers) and other vehicles running for 15-20 minutes or even more, many times purposelessly in summer as well. Mostly this law is not applied strictly in Finland.

I have had 13-14 years old cars which started without any problem even in -30 and regularly in -20s without any heating. May be not very good for the engine but didn't need to leave my car running all the night.



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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by Mangrove » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:05 pm

Sunil-123 wrote:The OP is from Russia where it might not be illegal. So this information is irrelevent.


It is not irrelevant if OP thinks it is OK to practice it in Finland where it is illegal and can cost you 40 €.


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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by riku2 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:02 pm

Sunil-123 wrote:The OP is from Russia where it might not be illegal. So this information is irrelevent. Even in Finland I have seen Taxis, Posti cars (while waiting for newspapers) and other vehicles running for 15-20 minutes or even more, many times purposelessly in summer as well. Mostly this law is not applied strictly in Finland.


I haven't seen huge numbers of cars running their engines like i have seen in Canada or as described in Russia. So most people follow the law in Finland and considering the roads are not packed with new looking cars but the age is quite old compared to the european average and lots of them are cheap makes(toyota, honda etc) then the cold does not seem to cause too much trouble otherwise the cars would have to be much newer or having to have their engines replaced every few years.

Taxis - are you sure they are running their engines to keep warm. My BMW at least lets you stop the car and so long as the engine is warm then the heater keeps running for about 20mins, using up the heat left in the engine to keep you warm while parked. This probably explains one reason why big german cars are popular with taxi drivers.


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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by Sunil-123 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:55 pm

It is irrelevent information as OP is not going to drive in Finland or is not going to stay here as it appears from his message. He has visited Finland and has seen somerhing which he is interested in trying in his homeland.


I am sure about taxis and posti cars. And I have seen a huge number of both of them. So they clearly disregard this law. Common peopl have no need to break the law as they have mostly their cars connected with electricity and they don't need to beat cold by running their engines.

Go to a newspaper pickup point in a winter night, where there are people using posti cars (not own cars) and you will observe how those drivers disregard these laws. Same with taxis which need to wait in cold winter nights.


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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by DMC » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:12 pm

Sunil-123 wrote:Common peopl have no need to break the law as they have mostly their cars connected with electricity and they don't need to beat cold by running their engines.

True, if they only ever park at home.


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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by Sunil-123 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:15 pm

And actually also more importantly common people don't break the law because they have to pay for their fuel. For posti cars and Taxis, mostly, you are just a driver


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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by fpa » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:10 pm

It's probably a stupid question, but I am visiting northern Finland for the first time and I think I need to use the engine block heater, but I am not sure how to operate the plug.

Should the switches in the photo be green or red? https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B59aE ... FNjQU5mcDQ

Thanks for any help!


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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by Upphew » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:10 am

fpa wrote:It's probably a stupid question, but I am visiting northern Finland for the first time and I think I need to use the engine block heater, but I am not sure how to operate the plug.

Should the switches in the photo be green or red? https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B59aE ... FNjQU5mcDQ

Thanks for any help!
Those "switches" are automatic fuses. Green would be my guess. Try it?
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by 007 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:26 pm

fpa wrote:It's probably a stupid question, but I am visiting northern Finland for the first time and I think I need to use the engine block heater, but I am not sure how to operate the plug.

Should the switches in the photo be green or red? https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B59aE ... FNjQU5mcDQ

Thanks for any help!
If there're two sockets, there will be two switches also. So, depending upon the side of the socket you use, its switch should be flipped into "i" (i = initiating) in order for it to work. O means off.


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Re: Engine Block Heater

Post by Piet » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:24 pm

tuulen wrote:BTW, the Yakutsk region of Russia is among the coldest places on all of planet Earth, with temperatures sometimes going below -100°C.
Nonsense:

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