Do You "Plug In" Your Car So the Radiator /Block Doesn't Freeze

  1. AA this talk about freezes, I was just curious. My SIL in Minneapolis intrigued us with tales us 'plugging in the car' !
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  3. by   Mkue
    I've never heard of cars being plugged in but I think the big rigs (semi-tractors) plug in, interesting.
    I believe all diesel engines have to "plug in." Hubby used to have a diesel cargo van for work purposes, and it needed to be plugged in. If I remember correctly, it's something about keeping the oil warm, but I could be off.

  5. by   Patience911
    Hello from the Great White frozen north! Hope this helps!
    All of our cars here have "block heaters" which are plugged in when the temperature drops very low. The block heater works intermittently to keep the car engine warmed up to prevent the engine block from cracking. Extreme cold can do this. We also have to run the cars for a few minutes to let the moving parts of the engine warm up. We put antifreeze in the radiator to prevent the fluid from freezing and use a ligher engine oil in the winter as the cold affects the viscosity.
  6. by   passing thru
    Yes, that is what SIL was talking about. A BLOCK HEATER. Is it something removable that you lay on top of the block, like a heating pad? She gave me the impression the plug was built into the front of the cars' engine.
  7. by   ShandyLynnRN
    I had a friend once tell me that while living in Alaska, they had to plug in their cars. I believe she said that there were "plug in outlets" on every curb and in parking lots.
  8. by   emily_mom
    It stays in your car all the time...some parking lots here have plug ins.

    It warms the coolant in your engine and that warms the engine and lubricants.

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  11. by   plumrn
    Thanks for the picture emily_mom! I have heard of this before, but never could quite picture it. We learn something new everyday!
  12. by   PennyLane
    Wow never heard of that. When I moved to Boston the term 'dry gas' put me through a loop. It's something you put in your gas container thing before you fill it up with regular gas to prevent ice from forming somewhere inside.

    jeez i'm loopy tonight. can hardly type/
  13. by   deespoohbear
    If I ever live in an area that it is so cold I have to plug in my car to prevent freezing, I am outta there!! Brrrr.....!!!
  14. by   adrienurse
    This is the Canadian way of life. Plugging in the car when it is parked for a period more than a few hours so that you don't kill the Dang battery. I am very good at pulling out of parking lots after forgetting to unplug the silly thing and hearing a great piwwwwww sound as the cord snaps. Fun and games. It's a fact of life here above the 49th parallel.