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Old 10-12-2004, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Engine Block Heater or Freeze Plug Questions - 4th and 5th gens

I managed to find an engine block heater for my car (lol, I won't even ask if anyone here has one), but since I hope to purchase a JDM H22 sometime in winter or right after, I was wondering if it would be possible to transplant the heater from my H23 to my H22, and reseal the H23. I was told that the freeze plug removed from the H23 when you install the heater can't be reused, and also that Honda doesn't sell replacment freeze plugs, so anyone have some suggestions?

If a hardware store sold them, assuming I matched the right mm size, would it be a reliable way of resealing that hole?
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Old 10-12-2004, 07:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The one Honda sells (~$40) replaces the coolant drain bolt on the back of the engine and is easily removed/replaced. I don't believe the H22 has a freeze plug actually on the engine block (not that I can recall anyways).
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Correct. Just the passage plugs that use crush washers IIRC.
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cool, had I been a little less lazy, I'd have just looked again at the install directions and found that it's not a freeze plug but just a standard bolt with a washer that needs to be removed.
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Old 10-13-2004, 02:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I pulled out the plug on my H22 block and was able to put in my block heater from my H23 (CDN 4ws baby.. heated seats, defogging mirrors and factory installed block heater!)

that bolt is tight, and its huge too .. shouldnt be any problem.
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but you did that engine-out-of-car right? It's a 22mm if i remember, yeah? I looks (from the diagram hehe) "easily" accessible from underneath the car. Well, might as well teach myself how to flush my coolant, turns out to be good too because it's about that time for it to be changed. Ahh, I can't wait to be able to just get in my car, start it up and have warm air immediately come out of the (defrost) vents, plus this should reduce the amount of time I'll need to warm the car up every morning, and, while I don't know how hot the coolant actually gets heated, I'm assuming the engine is more apt to run well at start up because of it, yeah?
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Old 10-13-2004, 05:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh ya big wuss, you're only in ann arbor you don't even need it
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lol, har har, we've got Mr. New York over here so I must be living in a tropical climate huh? Someone from Canada please put him in his place! Duuude, c'mon man, I hate getting into a cold car, and what's worse, I hate having to start said cold car up, it hurts me to think of the crimes I am committing against the engine!
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Old 10-13-2004, 05:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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hahaha, dude I'm from Canada originally Go London!!! I was probably a whole 30 miles north of you guys after going east a little So I know my shizzle, even if our winters are still pretty weak compared to most of canada.
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lol, and most Canada's winter is pretty weak compared to greenland, and most of greenland's winter is pretty weak compared to ... you get my drift.

a) it's coooold dammit!
b) I owe this to my car after last winter
c) ... it's coooold!
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^^ Been there buddy, but thanks
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