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Amazon sells the frost-plug style in various sizes (but isn't listing one yet for the YF), anybody planning on trying one this winter? I had a frost plug style last year and wasnt too happy with it. Car was outside in the wind and I think it overwhelmed the 400w heating element. I think id prefer the recirculating coolant style if I could figure out how to tap it into the system..
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Amazon sells the frost-plug style in various sizes (but isn't listing one yet for the YF), anybody planning on trying one this winter? I had a frost plug style last year and wasnt too happy with it. Car was outside in the wind and I think it overwhelmed the 400w heating element. I think id prefer the recirculating coolant style if I could figure out how to tap it into the system..
I know on some cars, there is a Canada only option for an engine block heater. Does anyone know if this is an option Hyundai of Canada offers? If so, you might be able to get it imported here.
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Hyundai canada has the block heater on the accessories page. I have one on my sonata, all canadian cars get it installed at the dealer prior to delivery. Think its like $100 something.
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Hyundai canada has the block heater on the accessories page. I have one on my sonata, all canadian cars get it installed at the dealer prior to delivery. Think its like $100 something.
Well there ya go. Thats probably the best option. If I were looking into something like this, I would prefer a Hyundai made one rather than an unproven aftermarket one.

Since Im sure the OP will ask, how does the Canada one work? Is it a coolant recirc type, or a heated oil dipstick like some cars have?
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Amazon sells the frost-plug style in various sizes (but isn't listing one yet for the YF), anybody planning on trying one this winter? I had a frost plug style last year and wasnt too happy with it. Car was outside in the wind and I think it overwhelmed the 400w heating element. I think id prefer the recirculating coolant style if I could figure out how to tap it into the system..

Agreed about the 400W comment. That seems way too feeble, especially if the car is outside. At the most, that scenario (400W, outside) probably helps just a bit in terms of cutting down engine wear and making starts easier--which really might be all Hyundai is shooting for. But in terms of having heat right away for the driver in that scenario, probably not.

The only VW-approved accessory I could get for my previous car, a Jetta TDI, was a 250W stick-on oil pan heater. Again, perhaps it helped a tad in terms of engine wear (and my car was garaged), but it seemed almost useless. Eventually an enterprising guy on the TDI forum developed an awesome, factory stock-looking inline coolant heater in 1000W and 750W options that perfectly took the place of a lower radiotor hose. I loved that product and I'll bet he sold a boatload.

(Oops, edited to add that I now see the 400W heater is not a Hyundai product, but aftermarket. Maybe the Hyundai product is more powerful. Anyone know?)
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w/r/t/ recirculating coolant type heaters: the thing i could never figure out is how to get around the thermostat. You have to be in the system on the block side of the thermo somehow. I guess the hoses that go to the heater core, and you leave the heater turned on inside so it will recirc?
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Im not sure how the hyundai one works. I followed the wire from the plug in cird and it eventually goes inside the engine on the right side and not sure where it goes from there. Ill take a picture later and maybe someone with more knowledge can take a stab at it.
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Im not sure how the hyundai one works. I followed the wire from the plug in cird and it eventually goes inside the engine on the right side and not sure where it goes from there. Ill take a picture later and maybe someone with more knowledge can take a stab at it.
Please do. Would like to see that. I'll bet it's an element that goes in place of a freeze plug.
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http://www.hyundaicanada.com/Pages/showroo...px?model=Sonata Here's a picture of it from Hyundai Canada's site. I need to edit my pictures but will post those later tonight. But where it plugs into the engine it is orange just like the picture on Hyundai Canada's site so I'm assuming it's the samething. Again no idea how it actually works. The price is $99 Canadian so if your by the border you can head south and get one. But I'm sure northern US states like Washington should sell them too as their weather is very similar to what we get in Alberta as we are just right above Washington state.
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I have the oem block heater but I doubt i'll ever use it....
you guys also have the option of these:

http://www.padheaters.com/
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