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Old 01-27-2011, 09:13 AM
BlackPearlX5 BlackPearlX5 is offline
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Mein Auto: 2003 X5 3.0 Manual Trans
Anybody tried an oil pan heater?

I have been doing some research and it seems up in Canada these are commonplace:

"While the block heater heats up the coolant around the cylinders to make starting easier in cold temps, it has very little effect on the engine oil, unless you plug in the block heater immediately after shutting down the engine for the day. This oil pan heater can reduce warm-up and EBP valve on times as well as cure the sluggishness associated with cold, thick oil. The 5X7 inch oil pan heater pad adheres to the side of the oil pan and has a 72" cord. The pad has a 500 watt rating and will raise the oil temperature on a 15-quart sump from 60 to 160 degrees in 30 minutes. Plug in the oil pan heater 6-8 hrs (over night is best) before driving depending on the temperature. Oil pan heaters can reduce warm-up and EBP valve on times as well as cure the sluggishness associated with cold, thick oil. Saves warm-up time, saves fuel, prolongs battery life, provides immediate defrosting, improved starting reliability for emergency units. Reduced engine wear 90% of engine wear is due to low water jacket temperature, stops destructive condensation, extends time between overhauls. Environment protection eliminates “white smoke” upon startup, reduces idle time, engine is ready for clean full power operation, reduces noise pollution, no high idle speed".

Also, Amazon has one for under $25: http://www.amazon.com/Kats-1153-Hand.../dp/B000BOABS6
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