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I have a 2015 1.4 turbo in need of a block heater. Chrysler says all I need is a cord, the dealership says there is nothing to plug a cord into. Anybody have any ideas? It started at -20 but the messaging system says an engine heater is recommended.
 

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So Chrysler thinks your Renegade has a block heater, the dealer does not think so or is unable to tell? If you didn't order the vehicle with a block heater, it doesn't have one. You may be able to retrofit one. At -20°C or °F I'd want one too! Call Chrysler again and ask them where to stick the cord. >:D

It seems some engines can be fitted with a block heater: http://www.jeeprenegadeforum.com/forum/33-engines-discussion/18577-engine-block-heater.html
 

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I have a 2015 1.4 turbo in need of a block heater. Chrysler says all I need is a cord, the dealership says there is nothing to plug a cord into. Anybody have any ideas? It started at -20 but the messaging system says an engine heater is recommended.
Hi al's 2015 Renegade,

Please keep an eye on your inbox.

Thanks,

Kathleen
Top Care Specialist
FCA Canada
 

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I got a Jeep Renegade 2.4L Sport 4x4. Also in Canada, but had around -12 temps right now and it made a weird noise when starting. Like the belt was squealing but not nothing like you would hear on a old beat up car on the road squealing.
First time hearing this after 2kmiles on her so far. But this is also the first time shes been out in the sub zero temps. Think this had to do with the coldness? Btw no error or inbox message on my screen.
 

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I got a Jeep Renegade 2.4L Sport 4x4. Also in Canada, but had around -12 temps right now and it made a weird noise when starting. Like the belt was squealing but not nothing like you would hear on a old beat up car on the road squealing.
First time hearing this after 2kmiles on her so far. But this is also the first time shes been out in the sub zero temps. Think this had to do with the coldness? Btw no error or inbox message on my screen.

I might not hear the belt squealing over the chatter of my teeth. Rubber, even synthetic rubber, will stiffen at low temperatures. In the absence of any claim that the belt can be expected to be quiet even at very low temperatures, I would presume the sound you hear to be normal.

It it a banshee's "Eeeeeeeeeeeee"? Does the sound go away once the engine and such the engine compartment warms up?
 

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Oh yea it goes away right away. Only happen that one time. Had another -13 night and it didnt do it.
Thinking its just working it in, new jeep and all.
It wasnt a sound that i should be worried about just wanted to ask :) thanks for the info
 

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I got a Jeep Renegade 2.4L Sport 4x4. Also in Canada, but had around -12 temps right now and it made a weird noise when starting. Like the belt was squealing but not nothing like you would hear on a old beat up car on the road squealing.
First time hearing this after 2kmiles on her so far. But this is also the first time shes been out in the sub zero temps. Think this had to do with the coldness? Btw no error or inbox message on my screen.
I too am in Canada, drive a North Edition 2.4L with winter package. My build sheet says I have a block heater, but even in -18 mornings I have had no messages about it, never used it.
 

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I have a magnetic heater, but I found out that not many cars have magnetic oil pans or anything else you can easily reach. I ended up putting it on top of the valve covers in two vehicles.


By the way, you can also buy a stick-on heater that can be used on the oilpan or on the transmission. A magnetic one is convenient:

http://www.amazon.com/Kats-1160-300..._UL160_SR160,160_&refRID=03THKT0VWPGHJBGWD6HA

http://www.amazon.com/Kats-24150-Wa..._UL160_SR159,160_&refRID=02ZD2APNE1B5G7KVCK4K
 

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I have a magnetic heater, but I found out that not many cars have magnetic oil pans or anything else you can easily reach. I ended up putting it on top of the valve covers in two vehicles.
I used to use a magnetic block heater on my Dodge diesel pickup--as well as the block heater. The engine would start cold (I started it once at -22C) but using the engine heaters made it much happier--compression ignition engines do NOT like cold.

BTW, a block heater heats the coolant, which gently heats the engine block. An oil heater heats up the oil, so it is less viscous when the engine starts.

Here in Canada, I thought even the base models came with block heaters standard.
 

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I just purchased a 2017 Renegade, which did not come with a block heater. My dealer said they could put one in, just the parts alone would cost 200 (US), so I didn't even bother asking about the labor charge. I found an aftermarket block heater online for 65 (US), but when I asked my local mechanic about installing it, they put the Renegade up on the lift and told me that it would take several hours, because the ONLY way to install it would be to remove the 4x4 transfer case and a bunch of other stuff just to be able to reach where the plug is installed. If that's true, then it's VERY poor design on the part of Fiat Chrysler.
 
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