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block heater

Postby crispy1 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 7:14 pm



Is there such an object as a block heater for a bike? and if so, are they practical?



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Re: block heater

Postby crispy1 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 7:17 pm

Just as an add-on, this is a question so that I can heat up the block with the purpose of trying to free up a seized engine

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Re: block heater

Postby twocams » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:43 pm

Block heaters are great for what they were designed to do. keep your block from freezing in zero weather. They make some in-line block heaters. But not sure the hoses on the radiator are big enough. They also make a oil dipstick heater. A battery blanket heater. But dont think any will get warm enough to do any good. Why dont you pull the heads and go that way. Or put a lube down the plug holes? :shock:

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Re: block heater

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:01 pm

There are magnetic block heaters that are intended to just stick to the engine block and conduct heat into it - but they won't work well on aluminum, obviously. How hot do you want to get it? Perhaps just pointing a small ceramic heater at it might help, I've done that before when working in the winter in a cold garage.

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Re: block heater

Postby crispy1 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:24 pm

trying to heat up the block enough to maybe help the penetrating oil to move pistons. Getting colder in this part of the globe, so it is now a winter project

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Re: block heater

Postby PoolDude » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:16 am

I have heard of using a hot plate under an engine to warm it up, with some care and close supervision that might work. :roll:

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Re: block heater

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:12 am

I don't think any block heater would get hot enough to do what you want it to do, you would most likely warp the block if it got that hot
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Re: block heater

Postby ekvh » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:23 am

Several years ago a guy used a large amount of cooking oil heated to 300 - 350 degrees or more and poured it in. I'm pretty sure he used around two gallons to get the heat up into the jugs. I think he used a turkey fryer. He was doing it for the same reason as you. It worked. I've posted several times about this and it's never been done since, to my knowledge. Not sure how seals would hold up.




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