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block heater problem

i think my block heater might not be working because when i used to plug it in it would sound like there is something running now there is nothing. how do i test it and see.
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put a DVOM on the end of the plug and read how many OHM's or resistance their is. An open circuit will not display anything.

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i checked it out today and when i tested it nothing. what could be the problem the cord or heating element.
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Have you got under there and felt the block? Warm? Cold? Does your dash temp gauge show any temp after it's been plugged in for a while?


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When i used mine the cord and exstension cord felt warm to the touch after so many hours.Also when you hook it up you should see a small arc which means there is a draw.A simple test without special equipment.

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its cold. and the temp gauge showes nothing
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May need to replace the element in the block.


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I just found one on ebay fits all ours 7.3 for around 67.00 dollars and it is a two piece,a cord and the element.If you decide to replace element,be ready to catch coolant.It looks as though you could remove cord and bench test and or repair if neccessary.Just a thought

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