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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-11-2009, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Option for Engine block heater on LS model

With the weather here getting cold now, I recently looked into the option of getting a engine block heater installed. when we were purchasing the EQ, the dealer indicated that the base LS model had so many options more than normal, nothing else was needed. We did not even think that a vehile sold in Manitoba would not come with a block heater, or at the least, be able to install one after the fact.

I found out today from the dealer that because of new technology, no block heater is needed. Very strange.

Also, GM quoted $615.00 to install a block heater and an aftermarket heater is about $500 installed. To move up to the LT modle to get a block heater is a lot to ask. Seems GM are really cutting corners. I am sure their will be more options out there soon. just hope that the cold weather does not adversly afect the vehicle.

Has anyone asked about a block heater and what have you found out?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-11-2009, 08:34 PM
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Re: Option for Engine block heater on LS model

In Canada all Equinox and Terrains come standard with a block heater. A nice feature on the block heaters is a thermostat that won,t cut in untill -18C.
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Re: Option for Engine block heater on LS model

As Monaco said, it should have come with a block heater.

And as for the new technology bit, unless dealerships have started running 0W-30 in vehicles there really is no substitute for a block heater in the Canadian climate.

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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-13-2009, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Option for Engine block heater on LS model

Actually block heater is not standard on the EQ. the LS model does not have it. LT and above do. I really found it strange that the base model does not have it when the other 3 do. And then, from GM $615 to install.... wow.
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Re: Option for Engine block heater on LS model

Find a good parts store that carries the Temro line of products. The part number for the block heater for the 2.4 is 3400020. I had one of the techs at our store install it for me today and total time was about 20 minutes and that included removing the plenum and plastic engine cover, o2 sensor and manifold shield, bolting on the heater and reinstalling all components. Pricing on the part is around $60. at the high end. If you go to a GM dealer and buy and have it installed, you are going to get bent over - with my cost on the heater and buying lunch for my tech, my total cost is under a $100 by a long way.
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Re: Option for Engine block heater on LS model

I'd check with Canadian Tire and see what options they have.
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I'd check with Canadian Tire and see what options they have.
Be carefull of "options" - the heater for any new GM vehicle must have the temp controlled plug on it so you arent putting heat to the block unless its below -18 Celcius - you will confuse the computer and get a code showing - use the proper part for this and not a heater for the rad hose etc. There is only one option (with two solutions) - either pay the dealer huge bucks, or go with the Temro - which is probably where GM buys it from anyways - and have an independant install it. Best of luck finding anyone knowlegable or helpfull at Canadian Junk - if you know what you are looking for and where to find it, you will have a fighting chance of walking out the door with a purchase - minimum wage doesnt get you the kind of help you need as a consumer with questions. I phoned there today to inquire about the bolt circle on some wheels they sell - was passed onto 3 different people, none who had a clue of their own product nor any offer to find out - outstanding customer service!
Sorry - rant off
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Re: Option for Engine block heater on LS model

I would also like some information regarding an engine block heater. I am devastated to learn that my 2012 Equinox does not have a block heater. Based on research I have done if I proceed to have one added than I may run the risk of warranty issues. I am really upset as I need to have a vehicle that I can depend on. I live in Southern Alberta in that if it only was -18, I would not really care. However, when it is -37 to -45 C. what will be the consequences to my vehicle? Does anyone have some valuable suggestions for me?
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I would also like some information regarding an engine block heater. I am devastated to learn that my 2012 Equinox does not have a block heater. Based on research I have done if I proceed to have one added than I may run the risk of warranty issues. I am really upset as I need to have a vehicle that I can depend on. I live in Southern Alberta in that if it only was -18, I would not really care. However, when it is -37 to -45 C. what will be the consequences to my vehicle? Does anyone have some valuable suggestions for me?
Unfortunately I primarily specialize in working with customers in the US. I would recommend that you contact GM of Canada at 800-263-3777. The hours of operation are M-F 7:30am - 11:30pm, Sat 7:30am - 6:00 EST. Please feel free to keep me posted or contact me with further questions. Thank you.

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Be carefull of "options" - the heater for any new GM vehicle must have the temp controlled plug on it so you arent putting heat to the block unless its below -18 Celcius - you will confuse the computer and get a code showing
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No it will not[/color], been cutting off the GM temp controlled plug on all 5 of our GM trucks and Terrains and never had a code thrown.

I'm absolutely shocked that the base model for the Nox doesn't come with a block heater,, wow, way to go Chevy.
All the Terrains come standard with block heaters.

Fricken things should be standard not an option for Canadian vehicles, must be a chevy engineer lol


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