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#4587341 - 11/28/17 09:14 AM Oil pan heater?
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
As I'm about to run bypass filtration shortly I was thinking of investing in an oil pan heater to keep the oil as fluid as possible on cold mornings.

What is the verdict on them and which ones would you recommend?
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#4587343 - 11/28/17 09:15 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
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Wolverine brand, they work. I have bought and installed 100s in my role as a fleet manager.
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#4587357 - 11/28/17 09:27 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
Camprunner Offline


Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1004
Loc: MA.
Yes Wolverine brand my neighbor has one on his diesel truck he installed when the stock engine heater was not working as advertised. He has no issues with the Wolverine heater works quite well.

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#4587364 - 11/28/17 09:39 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
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Registered: 04/16/15
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Loc: Kelowna, BC, Canada
Used Temro oil pan heaters when I use to work in Sioux Lookout, Ontario and worked great. Some cold fronts would bring the temps down to -45C for weeks at a time.:)

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#4587371 - 11/28/17 09:54 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
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I used Kats 100w on an Expedition oil and 100w on the trans pan, they worked great and never loosened or came off. I did clean the pan well and put a bead of high temp silicone around them, the truck still has them and still working 8 years on so they last.
On trans pans that don't have a large capacity like a small fwd car I would use the 50w.
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#4587388 - 11/28/17 10:20 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Thoughts on this one? They are Canadian and the price seems ok considering what they go for up here...

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B015CXHG06/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1FHLYCGXLSLW8&psc=1

(Canadian Polar Pad CP512)
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#4587391 - 11/28/17 10:22 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
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Will they work on an aluminum oil pan? I always assumed the extra thickness of aluminum and the adhesive would make it not effective.

Was always curious about that. My Focus had an aluminum pan.
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#4587392 - 11/28/17 10:22 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
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Another vote for Wolverine heaters
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#4587394 - 11/28/17 10:25 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
My Journey has a steel pan and one I might need to replace soon. Really disappointed that at just 2 years the edges are already rusting. I keep them well coated with bar/chain type thick anti-rust spray but its location makes it susceptible to lots of moisture. frown


Edited by StevieC (11/28/17 10:26 AM)
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#4587396 - 11/28/17 10:26 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
Danno Offline


Registered: 10/07/12
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Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
How many liters in the oil pan?

250 watts was what I was using for 11 liter sumps on the Sprinter diesels.
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#4587399 - 11/28/17 10:27 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
According to Polar Pad's website a 250 watt will do 4.5L - 12.5L and my Journey is 5.5 roughly.

http://www.canadianpolarpad.com/cp512.html


Edited by StevieC (11/28/17 10:28 AM)
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#4587401 - 11/28/17 10:28 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
WyrTwister Offline


Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1241
Loc: Texas
Many cars , the bottom of the oil pan is pretty low . Or , at least compared to other parts of the under side of the car .

How do you prevent the heater from being damaged / knocked off ? Maybe putting it on the side , if that is feasible ?

Smae question about transmission pans .

Thanks , :-)
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#4587404 - 11/28/17 10:30 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
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Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Mine isn't below the front structural cross member by much.

It's stuck to the pan with adhesive and it has a pretty tough outer jacket it looks like.

Also it can be stuck to the side of the pan if there is enough room instead of the bottom. (Can't do this in my case).


Edited by StevieC (11/28/17 10:31 AM)
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#4587409 - 11/28/17 10:32 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
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Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 1920
Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
Also was installing the 250w on the diesel Transits with 10 liter oil pans. Would occasionally get a check engine light on random trucks - oil too hot, out of spec reading.
I would go 1 step lower in wattage.

Just my opinion/experience of course.
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#4587421 - 11/28/17 10:39 AM Re: Oil pan heater? [Re: StevieC]
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Thanks Danno...
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