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To: soycd

Are you sure cars divert heat from the engine bloc into the cabin? I can get the heat working with the engine turned off and presumed there were electrical coils to heat the air.

I also wondered if it is even risked by automakers to divert engine bloc heat into the cabin due to the inherent safety risks - CO intake, fumes from heated oils and coolants, etc.


25 posted on 11/12/2012 10:12:04 AM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Most all liquid cooled internal combustion engines divert some of the coolant to a heater core radiator which has a fan that blows the heat into the passenger area. There would only be a risk of coolant leaking into the passenger compartment.

Not sure what an all electric car uses. I suspect a resistive heater element with a fan.


28 posted on 11/12/2012 10:27:02 AM PST by soycd
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To: James C. Bennett
I can get the heat working with the engine turned off...

I've never owned a vehicle that could do that. What do you drive?

33 posted on 11/12/2012 12:44:31 PM PST by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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