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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 01-07-2014, 04:24 PM
LikesNiceThings LikesNiceThings is offline
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block heater

front of car under hood? or must I use the trunk battery? where is the best place to plug in a block heater?

It's a 535 xi - and it wouldn't start due to the cold weather - it's now in the garage and I plugged in in a block heater to the front battery under hood (with plug into electrical outlet).

I hope to get her started in the morning - should I plug it into the rear trunk battery instead? I'm up all night and will see your reply - thank you very much!!
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:27 PM
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front of car under hood? or must I use the trunk battery? where is the best place to plug in a block heater?

It's a 535 xi - and it wouldn't start due to the cold weather - it's now in the garage and I plugged in in a block heater to the front battery under hood (with plug into electrical outlet).

I hope to get her started in the morning - should I plug it into the rear trunk battery instead? I'm up all night and will see your reply - thank you very much!!
You refer to a "front battery". There is no front battery, just a connection to the rear battery and electrical system so you can jumpstart the car from under the hood.

So, there is no front battery to warm up.

Here's what I'd do. If the block heater is a pad, use it up front. If you have a regular heating pad, use it in the battery compartment. Add a trickle charger to the battery as well.

Put the access panel back and the heat will be retained in the battery compartment. Do not use anything like an electric fan type heater in the trunk. Too easy to set a fire.

If possible, place a space heater in the garage and let it run all night. Keep it away from anything flammable. You're heating the space, not the car. Even a few degrees will help.

Hope it helps.
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:39 PM
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Torcan Charger

it's a Torcan charger - it's a share block with positive and negative charge clips - 2 amp, 12v.

It's plugged into an electrical outlet, and into the under hood component of the battery (thank you for your reply - yes I understand it is not the actual battery).

I'm sorry I referred to it as a block heater my terminology wasn't correct.

Should I be plugging this into the trunk and direct onto the battery? if so, how do I disconnect the trunk light? I cannot close the trunk as it is plugged in -

Thankyou, I'm up all night - if you can reply please do. Thank you.
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