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.
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
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.