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Old 12-15-2007
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Default Oil pan heater? Magnetic or glue on...

This block heater is a pita. Can't get the cord loose and like to avoid draining the coolant. Do miss the quick warm up I used to get. Can I get some type of simpler alternative? Maybe a magnetic heater to slap on the oil pan?
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Default Re: Oil pan heater? Magnetic or glue on...

They do make them, and it'd keep the oil warm. But that doesn't heat the coolant, so it's doing nothing to make you warmer faster.
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Oil heaters are pretty much worthless.
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I bought a magnetic heater like that once... didn't work very good at all.
Anything to warm up the engine will help with starting and get heat in the cab, but block heaters are better than magnetic pan heaters, and the coolant heaters are great. Unfortunantly the pan heaters don't seem to do much in my experience.
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when it gets really really cold I used to put the magnetic heater on the fuel tank of the ol tractor when it was gelled up, that's the best use I ever found for it.
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I dont know about them nowdays but 25 years ago we had BIG magnetic heaters we used on the big rigs on the trans and engines. In Amarillo its gets cold enough in the winter to freeze a well diggers pituti! You could certianly tell the difference on those trucks. Sometimes it was the only way to get them to turn over and get oil pressure up fast. On the trans the oil was warm enough to let the clutch out in neutral without killing the engine.

But like i said, I dont know about the ones sold nowdays, ours were huge back then. There also dipstick oil heaters too, altho I have never used one of those.
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I tried one of them magnetic ones on a loader, 8 liter Vovlo and it did absolutely nothing, the glue on big ones for the pan work, i see a truck from Alaska, he had one, it had one plug in, it powered up a small battery charger, block heater and the oil pan heater, he said that is the only way it would start way up there.

this guy i race with had a alcohol injected 509 chevy, he had a pan heater on and would heat the oil to 160 degrees so it would start in cooler weather better, his pan heater was the big one and heated the oil in just a few minutes. the oil heaters will keep the engine warn and wil help if you get the big one.
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Default Re: Oil pan heater? Magnetic or glue on...

The factory Cummins Oil pan heater threads into the pan and works very well when used in conjunction with a coolant heater, but our oil pan is unique, and you would need to weld a bung into the pan. It looks almost exactly like the block heater to.
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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CaptainCummins</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The factory Cummins Oil pan heater threads into the pan and works very well when used in conjunction with a coolant heater, but our oil pan is unique, and you would need to weld a bung into the pan. It looks almost exactly like the block heater to. </div></div>

I need a new block heater for my M11, and would like to get the oil pan heater for it too. It has the pan bungs in it and for that oil recycle system too. One of these days the wife and I will be traveling, it may get COLD too! I have the trans water cooler/heater for it, just not on it yet.
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Up here in Alaska most dealers offer a cold weather start up kit. They include the block heater with a higher rated element, a large glue on oil pan heater and battery blanket. When it's 40 below, that is the only way to get your vehicle to start. And yes, the oil pan heaters work, but I don't know the brand name.

Call Gene's Chrysler in Fairbanks, they can hook you up with a high quality one.
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