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    Keeping WRX in very cold region

    My WRX stays in the mountains here in CO frequently where it can get pretty cold. When the temps drop below 0 or so at night, in the morning the car can be tough to start. You really gotta just keep trying in short bursts for awhile and then eventually work into giving it gas. I've heard of people using some kind of heating element to keep the oil or coolant warm at night. Is this a widely accepted practice? Is there any reason not to do this?
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    Yeah i have also seen the heating pads that can be put under the engine block and on the battery. I think they work pretty well and are fairly cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fossill View Post
    My WRX stays in the mountains here in CO frequently where it can get pretty cold. When the temps drop below 0 or so at night, in the morning the car can be tough to start. You really gotta just keep trying in short bursts for awhile and then eventually work into giving it gas. I've heard of people using some kind of heating element to keep the oil or coolant warm at night. Is this a widely accepted practice? Is there any reason not to do this?
    you could get like they do for diseals the heating coil that you can wrap around the block and plug in 10 minutes before you leave or something
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    Basically you need a block heater at those temps. You can get two basic types, A coollant heater installed in the block or an oil heater you can stick on the bottom of the oil pan...A battry blanket is good to have too, as it keeps the battry warm and ready to crank engine over with lots of oompfh and a warm battry will take a charge right away when engine is running.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fossill View Post
    My WRX stays in the mountains here in CO frequently where it can get pretty cold. When the temps drop below 0 or so at night, in the morning the car can be tough to start. You really gotta just keep trying in short bursts for awhile and then eventually work into giving it gas. I've heard of people using some kind of heating element to keep the oil or coolant warm at night. Is this a widely accepted practice? Is there any reason not to do this?
    or you can always do what Alaskans do, plug it in at night that never fails lol...

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    Block heaters were an inexpensive option on the WRX. You might check the dealer and see if they have one that will mount up easily.

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    Block Heaters

    I live up in Canada. And we are having quite the winter right now too. My car is originally from Iowa, and didnt have a block heater installed. Took it to our local dealer, and they installed one for $170 bucks canadian. Easy to do yourself too, as it simply bolts into a hole on the engine, with an extension chord fed through the lower air dam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pweizman View Post
    looks like it just screws into the gallery plug on top of the block all you need to do to install is remove the ic and screw it in
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkotzman00 View Post
    looks like it just screws into the gallery plug on top of the block all you need to do to install is remove the ic and screw it in
    Yea......the above option is your best bet...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robman7835 View Post
    Yea......the above option is your best bet...........
    and a decent price to boot
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkotzman00 View Post
    and a decent price to boot
    For sure......If my car had to sit outside I would consider this just so i had a warm car in the morning.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robman7835 View Post
    For sure......If my car had to sit outside I would consider this just so i had a warm car in the morning.........
    you must be one of those shiny garage kept car guys

    mine stays outside around here and it is no problem but I have an Optima Red Top so that helps to
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkotzman00 View Post
    you must be one of those shiny garage kept car guys

    mine stays outside around here and it is no problem but I have an Optima Red Top so that helps to


    Its not shiny...............but it is garage kept
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    yea I noticed in another thread that eventhough you have a bugeye you have the same or less miles than my blobeye
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