Block heater source?

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  1. hobbit

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    It's August in the northern hemisphere. Time to think about winter.
    Could one or more of the folks who have successfully obtained and
    installed block heaters please give the one-paragraph review of
    WHERE people can buy the heaters? The last I knew was something
    vague about "from Toyota in Canada" but never saw an actual site
    or address or whatever that I could do business with. Thanx.
    .
    Maybe a group buy would be a good thing to do..
    .
    _H*
     
  2. eagle33199

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    I'd say a group buy woudl be a great thing! i definately would want to figure out the install and everything while it's still warm up here...
     
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    The website of the Canadian parts dealer is now gone. The installation is easy. And I agree, a group buy is a must! DANNY!?!

    Wayne
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(hobbit @ Aug 17 2006, 10:43 AM) [snapback]304647[/snapback]</div>
    Since it is a dealer installed option in Canada, you might email various dealers there & see if they will send you one. From the Toyota Canada's website: http://www.toyota.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WW...anguage=english It is only $147 CDN which used to be about $0.02 in US dollars before the dollar went in the toilet. Someone in the northern US would be able to drive to Canada and get one installed. A bit of a drive from Bahstahn but doable.

    - Tom
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Tom_06 @ Aug 17 2006, 04:01 PM) [snapback]304873[/snapback]</div>
    That must be the price with installation....the part itself is only about USD$47....$60 if you get it from Sigma.
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(efusco @ Aug 17 2006, 05:05 PM) [snapback]304876[/snapback]</div>
    Yup. See the website - "all accessory pricing includes installation (if required).".

    - Tom
     
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    Okay, I didn't realize sigma supposedly had them, although I don't
    see it on the website either. But they're pretty much local, and I
    will inquire. Failing that, how about other specific sources?
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    Are you positive you don't want to pay a visit to your friendly neighbor north of bawston? Canadian Toyota dealers are used to replacing block heaters, I'd trust that a lot more than a dealer in the U.S that has never done one

    AFAIK the heater - btw it's NOT a coolant heater - is the same for the Echo

    j
     
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    got a part number? maybe we can hit up the parts dept. no promises.
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(galaxee @ Aug 18 2006, 10:32 PM) [snapback]305706[/snapback]</div>
    My block heater box says:

    Toyota Canada Inc.
    Engine Heater
    CO140-00889
    Made in Canada
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jayman @ Aug 18 2006, 07:07 PM) [snapback]305693[/snapback]</div>
    I've had a look at the one for the Matrix and it looks the same only difference I could see was the cord length. But with out my calipers to measure it I won't say it's exactly the same. My parts guy can get them for the Prius.
     
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    I too cannot find the Canadian Toyota block heater part on the internet. I've even emailed several Canadian Toyota parts dealers and none of them will respond to my request. Most likely they do not have them or perhaps the anti-American problem is more serious than I realize! :eek:

    My local Toyota dealer here in Colorado does have a block heater available in his parts book but it is a third party heater that is the coolant heater type. It requires the removal of a freeze plug and this brass unit is the coffee pot style heater element that installs in the open freeze plug and heats the coolant in the engine block. I would prefer the Toyota part over the third party but may have to settle for the coolant heater. The cost of this third party heater seems to be in line with the Toyota part, about $67 US.

    If someone has a source for the Toyota part, please post here on PriusChat.com for those of us unable to locate them. Thank you.

    Tom KN6VV
     
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    Block heater
    pn. C0140-00885 about $72 CDN plus shipping
    fits Echo, 2001-03 Prius, Matrix XR not XRS

    pn. C0140-00889 about $80 CDN plus shipping
    fits 2004-06 Prius, only differnce is the length of the power cord.

    NOTE: these are the Canadian Toyota Parts part numbers
     
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    I emailed Metro the other day and ordered one, he's on the forums here. He can get them. His email is [email protected]

    Mike
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(mikel 52 @ Aug 20 2006, 06:05 AM) [snapback]306197[/snapback]</div>
    Indeed I can get them. They come from a separate company endorsed by Toyota to supply this and other items like this that Toyota has chosen not stock any longer. I sell them for $33.00 plus freight. It does take about 2-3 weeks from order time to get to your door. I cannot guarantee that they will show up in "Genuine Toyota Parts" packaging or contain installation instructions, but they are endorsed by Toyota for the Prius. Feel free to email me if you would like to order one.
     
  18. JimboK

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    Jesse (or others in the know):

    How tough is the install for the mechanically challenged?
     
  19. mssmith95

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    Hey Guys,

    Under what temperature conditions is this heater necessary? I live in So. Cal. and temps rarely get below 40 on the worst winter nights.

    However, I do park outside and so the engine gets much cooler then it would in my garage.

    Mike
     
  20. jayman

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(JimboK @ Aug 21 2006, 05:47 PM) [snapback]307076[/snapback]</div>
    I'm not even sure you want to know. Our own Dr Fusco did the install in this humorous exploit

    http://priuschat.com/index.php?showtopic=11176&st=20

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(mssmith95 @ Aug 21 2006, 06:30 PM) [snapback]307106[/snapback]</div>
    Mike

    You mean +40 F or -40 F?? I suppose any temperature below the normal operating temperature of the gasoline motor, there is benefit to having a block heater warm things up. Given your location and climate, I think it would be a very noble deed to install the heater.

    There just wouldn't be any benefit or payback

    In theory I don't need a block heater either, as the condo I live in has heated underground parking, and at work the office building also has heated underground parking. However, the block heater came with the car, and when I go out to the hobby farm I park in an insulated but usually unheated detached shop/garage
     
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