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Kats heater install
Topic Started: Dec 12 2009, 05:59 PM (3,725 Views)
mark alan
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Hello everyone. Just got my katz 1000 watt block heater, and want to make sure I install it right. Looked at the pics in other threads. I go from line on/in firewall to bottom of heater, and top of heater to line in bottom radiator hose where firewall hose originally went to? Just want to check. Thanks
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Well, let's see if this helps. Katz should have had a "Y" and a "T" connector.
1996 Geo: I installed the "T" in the lower heater line between the black tube and the heater. Simple splice, remove 1/2-3/4 inch of old tube. The bottom of the "T" aimed at the bottom of the Katz and new hose going to the Katz bottom or inlet.
The "Y" is inserted where the hose comes out of the heater core and into the Throttle body and the bottom of the "Y" is aimed at the TB. The heater core hose and the Katz merge and go to the TB.
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I did the 1991 a little different but this seems to work best.
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The first time I hooked it up, I went right to the heater hoses and it worked well for a while. Later, I tapped into the radiator with some adapters and this was the trick.

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Thanks for the reply's. The color coding is awesome Bad Bent. Think I got it now!
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This is what I did:
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Look right? Red is from top of Katz, blue is to bottom. Pics 5 &6 are what worry me. The hose next to "marked red" one is from thermostat. Please tell me I used the right one?

And to plug it in, I had an outdoor plug I put under the bumper:
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Paint it black and you might never see it.
Edited by mark alan, Dec 13 2009, 06:58 PM.
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I like that plug!
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Speaking of Kat's, I bought the lower radiator hose one from local parts house for $20. Dunno how it compares to the heater core one. Is there a reason you guys are choosing the heater hose one?

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Edited by ki4syr, Dec 14 2009, 09:45 AM.
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wow, $20, everywhere i call is above $50 for one. where did you get it and do you have a part# . i'm a cheap'o like that, and install would be a cake walk.
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Look here:
http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1260809200/ref=a9_sc_1?ie=UTF8&search-alias=automotive&field-keywords=kats%20heater
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Dec 14 2009, 11:44 AM
wow, $20, everywhere i call is above $50 for one. where did you get it and do you have a part# . i'm a cheap'o like that, and install would be a cake walk.
Advance Auto Parts. They quoted me this past Saturday night, and had it PDQ'ed Sunday morning. No shipping.

KAT's 14400
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mark alan
Dec 14 2009, 11:54 AM
Got mine from Advance for $20.98 tax and all (VA tax)
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nerys
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Grr

anyone got an advanced auto parts part number I can give to the critter at the counter? for $20 I would definitely give that one a shot :-)
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nerys
Dec 14 2009, 12:14 PM
anyone got an advanced auto parts part number I can give to the critter at the counter? for $20 I would definitely give that one a shot :-)
um, yea

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wow, $20, everywhere i call is above $50 for one. where did you get it and do you have a part# . i'm a cheap'o like that, and install would be a cake walk.

Advance Auto Parts. They quoted me this past Saturday night, and had it PDQ'ed Sunday morning. No shipping.

KAT's 14400


I was just being nosy the other day. Noticed a sign on the window for tire chains/cables and engine heaters. Had them look up a heater for a '92 Metro. That was the only one available for the '92. I'm going to put it on this evening and see how it does. I bought me a timer and 75' extension cord today, so we'll see. (Then again, its not supposed to get below freezing for the next couple days)
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Looking at amazon.com I realized that the $23 lower hose heater was only a 400 watt heater for the 1" hose and the 1000 watt $35 circulating pump would heat fluid faster... $12 difference. :hmm
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Dec 15 2009, 12:53 AM
Looking at amazon.com I realized that the $23 lower hose heater was only a 400 watt heater for the 1" hose and the 1000 watt $35 circulating pump would heat fluid faster... $12 difference. :hmm
Well, let me emphasize on that. It took me three tries to get my timer to cooperate with me. First morning, the timer got fast and shut off early. Second morning, it didn't even come on at all (glitch?). This morning, it worked finally. Lower hose was warm~hot. The temperature gauge was a bit above the lowest mark, still in "C" range. But there was warm air coming from the vents. I had the heater on for 1.5 hours before I left. I'm guessing with the smaller wattage element, I'm going to have to keep it on for a longer period. Possibly leave it on all night.

I was in a bit of a hurry this morning, so I didn't check much other than the lower hose where the heater is. I may not have it low enough to be effective. It is about mid-way between the radiator and the steel tubing above the transmission. There was a nice straight section in the lower hose where I put the heater at, but its not as low as the bottom of the radiator. I'm going to try it again for a longer time tomorrow morning. Might just need a higher wattage for the cold temperatures up here.
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