Winter grill blocking off

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Winter grill blocking off

Post by mintyfoord » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:34 am

So am at work bored on eBay and I come around a winter grill for my 1.9tdi b5 , its got me thinking is there anyone point of doing this in the UK yes we had good winter last year is there any pros and cons and surly pipe insulation would work just and good and be cheap ... does anyone do this ?

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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by Gazwould » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:50 am

Like the Team Heko one ?

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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by mintyfoord » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:28 am

Yes just like that

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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by dubber36 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:44 am

Is it the 70's? The days of cardboard covered in tin foil to stop our carburetors from icing up.
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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by ct.p » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:00 am

I've done it in past winters on my B5.5 TDI's (ten years driving them) and it made no difference at all.

I used a sheet of EPDM rubber behind the main grill but in front of the radiator extending right down to the bottom of the rad. Just covering the top grille will only cover half of the rad!

My suggestion would be to change both the coolant temp sensor and the thermostat at the same time and buy OE or OE quality items. Both fail with alarming regularity on these cars and if you have no history of them ever being done then they likely need doing.

Drain down once, do both!
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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by ray112 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:38 am

If thermostat is working correctly, then front covering is pointless. So instead of buying that plastic piece or using anything else, make sure thermostat is reaching and holding 90°, and you don't need anything else for winter then.

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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by dubber36 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:26 pm

The only slight benefit would be slightly faster warm up, so the heaters and demisters would work sooner.
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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by mintyfoord » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:40 am

I was more interest to see if anyone actually uses anything in the winter months and what was there thoughts..

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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by Burnzybubbles » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:17 am

I do, currently have corex (corrugated plastic protector) covering the whole of the rad, these 1.9tdi’s run very cool, I’ve not got engine covers or bonnet heat insulation or an undertray for various none performance reasons so it helps from keeping the cold air from the engine bay.

I usually cut a small square for “just incase” in front of the viscous fan but haven’t bothered yet and it’s been fine, my mate borrowered my car and had to drop a small trailer off on a 6 hour round trip and I told him to keep a Stanley knife just incase but he said it sat at 90* without fuss the whole time.

I’ve had a job change and it’s only 20 minutes in the morning so the car just about gets up to temp if I get a clear run and I’m being gentle, it’s also had a genuine stat last summer and the coolant sensor is fine so I know the coolant system is working as it should, it does warm up faster with the front end covered.

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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by Gazwould » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:22 pm

Not really nessissary .

I just took it on the chin that with a egr disable it takes longer .

Wrong , new thermostat and it's quicker than any I've owned .
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Re: Winter grill blocking off

Post by ray112 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:59 pm

All that radiator blocking is only fairytale and placebo effect if thermostat works correctly. Only thing which makes real difference to engine warm up time is interior heat, the lower temperature and blower speed is set, the faster engine will warm up. But dreamers we keep dreaming. Blocking front of engine bay might help just a little bit in climate with -30 c° in winter, but it's not that cold in UK.

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