Okay, the block heater and inspections. School me.
I got a block heater installed this past week, and I think it's working, but I don't really know the specifics. I had a factory one installed.
1) Some people mention that I'm supposed to hear a hissing noise when I plug the heater in. I hear no such noise. Should I? This is on a 2000 WJ.
2) The temperature gauge does not read any differently on startup than on days when I do not plug it in. I've heard some info that says it should start up with the temperature elevated, and yet others that say the OEM block heater does not work like that. Who's correct?
3) If the OEM block heater is only to keep the block from freezing, is there really any benefit to plugging the vehicle in at temperatures above, say, -10 C?
4) How long should I be letting it heat? At the moment I have the timer set to 2 hours.
And now, the out of province inspection. I have a Jeep that's in very good condition, but it is a 10 year old vehicle, not brand new. I fear this inspection. I've heard nothing but bad things. What should I be expecting on this? Are they going to nitpick every weep spot, every rusted area, every noise heard on a test drive, etc? My Jeep has never failed to pass Virginia state inspection, but I have a feeling this will be a whole new ballgame.
Thank you for the help!
1. Not necessarily...
2. Temp guage wont read an elevated temp likely(Mine doesnt)
3. Up to you...I like that -10C mark...if its that cold it doesnt cost much to keep it plugged in.
4. Minimum 2 hours sounds good...I leave mine plugged in all night, especially if its below -15C
The block heater just keep things thawed out and warmed up a bit...it helps keep the oil from getting too thick...it really is noticeable when its very cold out and you dont have a really good battery
It will let it crank over alot faster....Mine also doesnt take as long to get up to operating temperature if it was plugged in.
As for the out of province inspection...there used to be settlers exemptions in some Provinces...not sure if that will apply to you.
They just go off a govt. list of items that need to be in good shape for safety...brakes, windshield, tires, steering, shocks...im gonna see if I can track down an inspection sheet for you...what province?