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My 06LE Crew Cab didn't come with a block heater...

Should i just bite the bullet, and purchase through the dealer, or can somebody suggest an alternative???
Was thinking of buying the part, and having a local garage work on it..Hopefully saving a few cents..

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I tried to order the part locally, and was told it was unavailable. Most llikely that is just because of my region. It is an almost must have available item in your area. The price of the OEM heater was only 30-40 dollars. So, I would go OEM if they can get it for you.

Also, there are the glue on Pads, and bolt on magnetic models to consider. The Magnetic are common in the stores. Pads are available at Jegs and Summitracing.

We use heaters on all of our diesels at work, and I do plan to get something on my Titan. I already have a Magnetic on hand.

Some will say they start up without a heater needed, but wear on bearings/starters/wiring is decreased on a warm engine block.
 

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Yes, thank you...
Your price suggestion seems too low thought..I was quoted $110 up in Ontario.
Since i travel to Chicago often, and the Titan came from there, i'll definately phone around different Nissan dealerships to find the price difference on OEM Block heaters...

But does that answer my original question?
Should i phone up the dealerships for parts or does anybody have other links to parts suppliers??

Thanx....
 

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I live in a cold climate (UP Michigan) - is this something to consider? I've never thought that a gas V8 would need a heater core. I've only seen them on disele vehicles before.
 

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anmut said:
I live in a cold climate (UP Michigan) - is this something to consider? I've never thought that a gas V8 would need a heater core. I've only seen them on disele vehicles before.
I would suggest it if you park your vehicle outdoors often. If garaged overnight, even in the most bitter cold the truck starts fairly easy. Keeping the block warm is a lot less starting stress on your engine in sub zero weather.
 

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anmut...........

I didn't know that there was a consencus that big blocks don't require heaters..
I have a Chevy Malibu 3.1L, and let me tell you........What a world of difference when you fire up that motor..

Regardless...
The warm up alone is a killer on gas...
Let it run for 5 minutes, twice a day and you'll see for yourself, the gasoline savings alone will be offset with a block heater..
 

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I use a KATZ oil heater stick on. I placed it on the back of the oil pan. I do plug it in as soon as I get to work while its still warm. it works great the hood last night didn't freeze from the snow and it was 9F this morning. For only a 200 watt heater it works better than expected.
 

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I come from Alaska and always had one. Well worth it. Your Dealer can order one for you, it well be a freeze plug heater, they work very well but are a PITA too install in a Titan. You can get an in line block heater from a parts store that is spliced in the coolant or heater hose. These well circulate the coolant and work well also. They are a lot cheaper then the Dealers freeze plug heaters. You can get a freeze plug heater from a parts store also if the after market makes one for Titans.
 

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what is the heater were talking about ??? In florida Im going to guess they are not needed...
 

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killcatzforfun said:
what is the heater were talking about ??? In florida Im going to guess they are not needed...
Yes, you will not need one, lol.

OEM Heater fits into the engine block where a "freeze plug" is now located. This is an access point to the coolant system. After market has generic freeze plug heaters available, but could be tricky figuring out which model fits a particular spot in a tight engine bay. An AC Cord is attached. Plug into an extension cord at night. You could even put it one a timer, so it is only one a few hours before you drive, but that's another item to maintain.

An easy to find heater, is one that has magnets in it, to hold it onto a metal surface. You place it on the bottom of your oil pan typically. It looks like a small clothes iron, and is normally about 200 Watts, with an AC cord attached to it. Cost about $20-30. It can be temporary, or it may have a screw mount bracket that utilizes an oil pan screw to secure it.

Another style is a Silicone rubber pad with heater coils inside, and it glues onto a flat surface, or is held by straps.

Lastly, is the dipstick replacement style that heats at the tip of the dipstick.

All said, some have concerns of heaters that go into the coolant, as they believe it may cause electrolysis, and damage sensors. However, that is the style Nissan sells, as described in the 1st paragragh.

Transmissions can be heated too, but is not as important as the engine for most people.
 
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