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Posted by Greg on May 23, 2008, 7:59 pm
Moving to northern MN and need help.

Anybody had a block heater installation
done to your US Prius? Toyota or other
service outfit recommendation? Price?


Posted by Bream Rockmetteller on May 23, 2008, 8:45 pm

There's a very complete and detailed installation guide on
priuschat.com (you'll have to do a search... typically abbreviated
EBH), and they usually have a group buy from time-to-time to get a
slightly better price. I plan to get two this year.

Bream Rockmetteler
Donaldson's Dog Joy

Posted by Greg on May 23, 2008, 9:59 pm
 Thanks for the reference.  I've seen that guide.
I'd prefer to have someone do it for me, as it
looks like quite a compicated and sizable task.

BTW, anyone tried the Tank-Type coolant heater
like the one sold by JCWhitney?  i.e.:


Bream Rockmetteller wrote:

Posted by Mr. G on May 24, 2008, 2:24 pm
 1stbe.com) says...

It's actually quite simple to install.  It took me less than an hour,
without rushing.  If you have a jack and jackstands, and don't mind
getting some grease on your hands, it's not a big operation.


I'd be very wary of something like that, since the Prius pumps its
coolant into a holding thermos when you shut it off, and while I'm sure
the system isn't completely dry at that point, having a device that's
designed for a system that's always full of coolant might not work too

Posted by Willie K. Yee, MD on May 26, 2008, 2:38 pm

Or you can contact Wayne the FireEngineer on PriusChat. He could
install it for you in less time that it takes to order and consume a
coffee and donut. And he'll do it for free if he is available.

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