*HELP Needed* 96 SL2 Engine Block Heater Location

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by MO, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. MO

    MO Guest

    From my understanding the engine block heater mounts on the engline block.

    The question is where?

    I'm sure there are plenty of people with this. Could someone go look.

    I really appreciate this.
    MO, Nov 16, 2003
  2. MO

    TC Guest

    It bolts to the front of the block just to the left of the coil pack and
    right under the oil dipstick. It should come with a diagram if you buy
    it from Saturn.
    TC, Nov 16, 2003
  3. MO

    MO Guest

    Thanks for the info TC.

    I'm on an overseas assignement where the electricity is 220V instead of the
    110 volts in the US. Therfore I can't use the heater from Saturn. I'm
    hoping to find a heater that will bolt on at the same location.

    From my understanding the heater must fix rather snug to transfer the heat
    into the engine properly. Do you know how large the heater is or even know
    where I could find a picture or drawing? Are the Saturn engines found in
    other makes (Opel, etc)

    MO, Nov 17, 2003

  4. The Saturn heater I looked at a few years ago was about the size of
    my hand,shaped like an electric charcoal starter and would be rated at
    about 320 watts. It wasn't held snug to the block so it heatsby radiation.
    In my opinion it's less than 50% efficient. You'll have little troubel
    improvising a substitute.

    walt woytowich, Nov 17, 2003
  5. Jonnie Santos, Nov 17, 2003
  6. MO

    Kirk Kohnen Guest

    It's a heater. There are lots of cheaply available voltage converters that
    work very well with heating devices to convert from 220 to 110.

    Essentially, they're like light dimmers that are pre-set to the correct
    setting so that, when attached to 220 Volts, they put out enough juice to
    make a bulb (or heating element) light up as if it's getting 110 volts.

    That would be my first suggestion.

    My second suggestion would be to contact Saturn in Spring Hill and see if
    they have any of the block heaters for their (short-lived) Japanese market
    kicking around somewhere...
    Kirk Kohnen, Nov 18, 2003
  7. MO

    Kirk Kohnen Guest


    The TC-1600 on the page that Jonnie suggests will do well.

    It's cheap (about $10 bucks), and will work swimmingly for a simple heater
    such as a block heater.

    Or, you could buy TWO block heaters and wire them up in series...
    Kirk Kohnen, Nov 18, 2003
  8. MO

    Dan Hicks Guest

    Should work in theory, so long as you get something rated for a
    high-power resistive load. Those units use an SCR voltage regulator
    or something similar.
    Dan Hicks, Nov 18, 2003
  9. MO

    Dan Hicks Guest

    Beware, that one says "not for continuous use".

    Dan Hicks, Nov 18, 2003
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