Note that this is a dry-fit cartridge type of block heater (as opposed to a wet-fit freeze-plug type, which would require you to drain your coolant). Installation is easy. Here are mfg's instructions. Pro-tip: cheap red wine in a thermos. Because wine.
Step 1: Finding the Hole
You may want to take off your air box. I didn't. I just reached down beside the hoses and held the element between my fingers and was able to slip it into the hole. I didn't drop it or anything.
- mechanics gloves
Note the built in cup holder. Thanks, Kia!
Step 2: Clipping the Clip
We're literally 5 minutes into the job at this point. Routing the cable is by far the most challenging aspect of this job (after the $$$).
Step 3: Routing the Cord
Get out your screw driver, kneel down at the front left corner, and look under the bumper. Find these two screws.
They are plastic. The screw part needs to be removed. The collar part will probably spin with the screw. It will probably come out with the screw once you have things loosened up. Anyhow, these things are annoying. You can try to hold the collar from turning, or put a bit of pressure on the plastic panel. I hate these plastic screw things, but they are effective.
Once you've got them out you can pull down gently on the panel and locate this vaguely triangular hole, which is bounded by plastic on the left and the metal rad cradle on the right. You're going to run the heater cord through here.
NOTE: This part of the job sucks. It takes by far the longest. Keep a cool head and try not to break stuff.
- stubby Phillips screwdriver
- leopard print mittens (thanks mom!)
- aforementioned wine.
- om mani padme hum
Step 4: Go Fish
Pro tip: don't use metal stuff that will scratch your paint.
Step 5: Secure the Block Heater Cable
When you Zip tie to stuff, think about anchoring to stuff that isn't metal so that it won't rub a hole in your cable and short out. Here's what I did. No guarantees.
- zip ties
- side cutter for removing zip ties you put in the wrong spot
Step 6: Finished
(The next morning, after being plugged in for 2 hours. -30*c under the hood, +7*c on the block, near the heater. Engine cranked over much more easily with heat.)
Pro Tip: put the heater on a timer to save energy.