As winter and cold temperature are coming soon, I was looking at getting a block heater and I came across a thread talking about installing a lower radiator hose heater. Does anyone have one installed? Is it working as good as a block heater? I'm thinking about installing one on my Toyota Land Cruiser 87 (Diesel)

Here an installation on a Jeep, if you want to know what it looks like.

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How cold is it where you are? A lower radiator hose wouldn't do much for you as it doesn't hold very much water and water tends to not change temperature easily.

  • I live in Canada, so temperature are mostly below the freezing point for about 5 months per year. In the coldest winter day I can easily reach -30C. I hope my radiator does not contains water, if so it will easily freeze inside hoses! Oct 24, 2011 at 18:13
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    OK. Then I would look into some kind of oil pan/block heater.
    – Jaime
    Oct 24, 2011 at 18:33

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