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How to Locate a Pontiac Block Heater

by Sebastian Malysa

A block heater helps keep your car's fluids -- particularly engine block fluids -- from freezing. In turn, keeping these fluids warms aids in successful ignition on extremely cold days. Most cars sold in climates that experience severe drops in temperature during the winter months come pre-equipped with a block heater. Locating the block heater in a Pontiac vehicle is an easy task, so long as you know where to look.


Turn off your Pontiac's engine and allow it time to cool, prior to working under the hood.


Open the hood and secure it in position using the prop rod. Locate the radiator on the passenger side of the engine compartment.


Pull out the plastic-wrapped cord directly in between the radiator and engine compartment. Unwrap the plastic wrap and remove the twist tie binding the cord.


Follow the cord to locate the block heater; this cord is the direct line that provides electricity to the block heater to create heat which keeps engine fluids from freezing.


Plug the block heater cord into an extension cord and lower the hood to initiate the block heater. Remember to unplug the cord before leaving in your Pontiac the following morning.

About the Author

Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Sebastian Malysa began his writing career in 2010. His work focuses on the general arts and appears on Answerbag and eHow. He has won a number of academic awards, most notably the CTV Award for best proposed documentary film. He holds a Master of Arts in contemporary disability theater from the University of Victoria.

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