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Block Heater install question

Pretty basic block heater install question for the Gen1 4 cyl.,4 door AWD versions: where do they install and are these all of about equal perfermance and approximate service life?

Thanks from a cold place,

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I am not sure if the aftermarket versions have same performance of service life, but the OEM version has a long life for sure.
Location is in the engine bay.
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Pim, that looks like the heater core. He's looking for an electric engine block heater that keeps the engine block warm for easier cold starting.

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As I just posted elsewhere I'd suggest a stick-on oil pan heater instead. (Post 18 here: Starting Hard)
They're easier to install and likely suck less watts. Then get a good three-stage sealed marine battery charger such as a Guest to keep the battery tip-top.

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In the Netherlands we call that kind of thing parking heater (in dutch standkachel).
There are many, they don't come cheap tough.
Thanks for helping me on this Junebug.
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Oops, hope I didn't cause too much confusion, here. Block heater for putting a bit of heat into the coolant or into the engine block for cold conditions starting. Corolla block heater goes behind the head in back, not into water jacket. Wondered if Rav4 gen 1 is similar.

With thanks!
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it is somewhat behind the exhaust manifold definitely easy to do
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it is somewhat behind the exhaust manifold definitely easy to do

Thanks AWD, perfect.
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