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Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Lewisburg, Pa
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depending on your situation, i would listen to what they are telling you. if you pay for your own electric- get a timer. the element in the block is 1000 watt.. just think that every hour you have it on, is the same leaving on 10 , 100 watt light bulbs.
something else that might help - the glow plugs do not shut off when the "wait to start" light goes out. they can stay on for up to 2 mintues i belive, so the longer you let them warm up, ( by leaving the key foward before u actually start it ) the easier your starting will be. another thing is this - depending on the tempature in your area, the block heater is more of a luxury then necessity. you shouldnt have alot of trouble starting unless its REALLY cold out. if your having real trouble, you can look into checking the glow plug relay to see if your glow plugs are even being tuned on. one lesson i learned with that is - you cannot SOLELY trust a test light on the relay. when the relay goes bad, it can still pass current to light up a test light, but may not be enough to trigger the relay. its rare for it to do that, but it was a $500 lesson learned when the mechanic decided to replace all my glow plugs but still didnt work cause of a $30 relay. i have a 95 dually ext cab.. trust me you will want to start learning.
$500 for new glow plugs?
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