Frozen in KC writes:
Long-time reader, first-time questioner with a 2005 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4×4 question: My local Ford dealer says there is no block heater available to install on my Expedition. As you may know, it has been extremely cold in the midwest lately and my Ford is in the driveway. I have an outlet nearby and would love to be able to start up an already-warmed engine in these bitter cold mornings, not just for my comfort, but for the longevity of the engine. I’m pretty handy, but not an advanced mechanic.
Can the Best-And-Brightest possibly be of assistance? Thanks!
So you can indeed install a universal engine block heater on a 4×4 Expedition, but is it worth the trouble? Maybe not. Run synthetic oil to ensure the best engine protection below freezing. Maybe put a remote start for your convenience. And since it’s an Eddie Bauer, heated seats might be in play too. Those three items are more than adequate for most KC winters.
I mean, this Expedition doesn’t Traverse the frozen Tundra of the Yukon Territory. (childish giggling)
I can understand the luxury vs. necessity of having an engine block heater, so the question remains: it is worth it to you?
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