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Block Heater Cord Fire

I plugged my truck in today just like everyday. The cord caught on fire at the first snap connection. The truck is an 06, only have the Diesel Warente remaning. What are the chances of the dealer replacing that?

Also, any clue why it would ignite and not trip my breaker in my house. I know my breaker is good, it tripped with my Xmas lights not to long ago.

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I don't know why the breaker wouldn't trip but my neighbors truck caught fire when he was using a battery charger he wasn't home I seen the fire from a distance and ran over ther to put it out but it was to far gone the fire department had to come and put it out the truck was a complete loss. How bad is your truck I hope it is not a complete loss.

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I plugged my truck in today just like everyday. The cord caught on fire at the first snap connection. The truck is an 06, only have the Diesel Warente remaning. What are the chances of the dealer replacing that?

Also, any clue why it would ignite and not trip my breaker in my house. I know my breaker is good, it tripped with my Xmas lights not to long ago.
You are lucky you were there when it occurred. My guess is that the connection where the fire occurred was loose or corroded, causing increased resistance (heat and eventually fire) at that location. It would not cause your circuit breaker to trip unless the amperage draw exceeded that of the breaker.

I doubt the dealer would warranty this on an 06. That's OK, as I think you can purchase both sections of cord for less than your warranty co-pay amount

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Thanks guys! No, no major loss. I was right there plugging int in when it happend. It smoked then I unplugged. I was like WTF... So I pluged it in again and the cord caught fire. I was able to simply just blow it out!

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Wow, that was lucky dude! Was the cord plug wet with snow or ice? Possibly causing a short?

We have GFI's on all of our plugs at work on the docks, endless problems when near water......

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Wow, that was lucky dude! Was the cord plug wet with snow or ice? Possibly causing a short?

We have GFI's on all of our plugs at work on the docks, endless problems when near water......

No doubt! Well, it was wet yesterday and then 12* today. Maybe some water got in and then it iced? Odd!

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We have about one of these a winter here. Glad you entire truck didn't get burned up. That is the usual result.

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You need to install a GFI on the outlet you use to plug the truck in. Thats the only way to alleviate that problem

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You need to install a GFI on the outlet you use to plug the truck in. Thats the only way to alleviate that problem
And a smoke alarm from the sound of it.

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Cool! GFI and a new cord needed! So......Its 12* and snow. How hard is this thing to remove and instal a new one?

Not going to like starting this tomorrow.

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