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Old 01-24-2005, 09:02 PM
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Question Thawing frozen fuel line

My '95 Aerostar insists on freezing up whenever the temperature drops too low. Forgot to put gas line antifreeze in on the last fill and now it is sitting in my driveway - too steep to push it in the garage to warm it up...Any thoughts on how I can warm it up enough to start it while outside in my driveway? Gonna be about -15C again tonight...
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I would try using a hair dryer on the fuel lines. That is the only thing I can think of off the top of my head without blowing you up.

Have you thought of using Ethanol instead of reg? That way you would save money on HEAT, get a few extra octane points and help the enviroment.
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Use a shop light and set it on the lines under the hood. I used a 100watt lamp and left it set for a day. "Do not let the lamp" touch the lines. The heat from it with the hood closed will be enough.

Also does it have a engine block heater connection? Mine came with one.
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Hot Air Pop Corn Popper

This sounds like a perfect application for that old Hot Air Pop Corn Popper you have laying around the house. (They can be had at Goodwill for about $2.00). Slide it under the vehicle and plug it in. I have one as an auxillary heater in my van for those cold winter camping trips. It really pours out the heat!
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if you have like a nipco heater that runs on fuel or propane and it blows you can put a run of stove pipe and a elbow point it under the van and let it blow under it kinda toward the engine compartment keep a good eye on it so things dont get to hot.That is the fastest way I know how.
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I would move to Mexico.
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If you have one of those hot mist steemers it would work spraying the hot mist along the fuel line.

A hair dryer would work also just be a careful to keep any water drops away from the inner heating elements or you'll have an instant Afro same to say with popcorn poppers keep all water away from the air outlet since I assume the underbody of the vehicle probably has some ice on it too.
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You might try using the plug-in type pipe heaters. The kind that you wrap around house plumbing to keep it from freezing. It wouldn't pose any danger to van or human.
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