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Old February 5th, 2018, 07:33   #16
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Some valid points Jason but I don't think a 240watt oil pan heater, mounted on the outside of an oil pan, can "coke" any oil and certainly not the modern synthetic oils that are engineered to run at MUCH higher temps, in a turbo bearing for instance.
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Old February 5th, 2018, 09:04   #17
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Originally Posted by SilverGhost View Post
Biggest draw back of oil pan heaters was coked oil and, being on the bottom of the oil pan.
At what temp of the oil does it get coked or cooked?
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Old February 6th, 2018, 09:47   #18
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I remember when VW used to sell those oil pan heaters. The few pans that I took off were pretty nasty in the bottom where the heater was attached.

Don't get me wrong, oil pan heaters have their place, but since most are not thermostatically controlled its up to the operator to use good judgement. Leaving it plugged in all night to keep the engine warm will not do good things to the oil.

And your correct - good modern synthetic shouldn't break down like the older Dino oil, but also reduces the need for the heater in the first place.

If I lived somewhere like Alaska or Yukon I would have pan heater on engine, trans, coolant heater like FrostHeater, and battery warmer.

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Old February 8th, 2018, 12:54   #19
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Maybe control the pan heater using a temperature controller? I use these for various things (controlling an egg chiller- chest freezer, and turning on/off a heat lamp in my pump house):


Really handy.
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Old February 8th, 2018, 13:39   #20
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This whole thread seems pretty absurd. A frostheater or equivalent will make your car start like it is the middle of the summer in Florida. The oil has to have some heat in it just from the coolant being hot so it isn't like molasses when you start your car. The battery barely works to roll the car over so adding battery blankets seems unnecessary.

Why try to fix what isn't broken... unless of course you live in the Yukon.

Heck, half the people around here talking about frostheaters see -0F and below about 3 times a year.
The only thing I can pass is a fuel stop, but I'm OK with that.
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