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Block Heater Help (Not the normal questions)

Hey all...
I purchased my truck in April... My 2nd OBS & took me a LONG time to find one worth owning...
As the weather is starting to get colder.. I figured I would hunt down the block heater for this winter.. Test etc, so no surprises when the time comes..
GLAD I DID!!!!
At the plug.. I have 1 wire hanging out of the connecter..
Can anyone tell me what the wire gets connected to...??
It looks to be 100% OEM & it's green....
Looks to be 12ga or so...
HELP!!!! So I can put the plug & all back together!!

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Can you take a pic? Is this at the end that you'd plug into your extension cord? Or the end that plugs into the heater itself?
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It is the side that you plug into extension cord
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Any male plug replacement will work there. I would get a good quality one at any hardware store. Since the stock wire is flat I would wrap it with electrical tape where the new plug will clamp on so you get a better seal. Use a good 14 or better gauge extension cord too. Looking at that picture you may not even need a new plug just rewire it.

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my guess it is the ground. for the third prong and when someone changed the end they didn't reattach it

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my guess it is the ground. for the third prong and when someone changed the end they didn't reattach it
Should I worry about it?
Do you think I should rewire? Or just wait & see how everything works 1st?

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Green is ground with 120VAC. IIRC, the original cord pinned the ground lead to the clip on the other end where it plugs into the heater itself, so it grounds to the engine. That looks like a replacement plug; is it just a two-prong plug with no ground? If so, I'd do as suggested above and replace it with a grounding plug.
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Green is ground with 120VAC. IIRC, the original cord pinned the ground lead to the clip on the other end where it plugs into the heater itself, so it grounds to the engine. That looks like a replacement plug; is it just a two-prong plug with no ground? If so, I'd do as suggested above and replace it with a grounding plug.
Thanks for the help!!!!
Now it's just like USED again...!!!
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Another previous-owner hack job properly fixed!....
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Another previous-owner hack job properly fixed!....

I must say... This is the 1st "hack" performance I have run across since the purchase of the truck...
The family that I bought the truck from, owned it for about 12 years, & gave me a novel of receipts, dating back to their purchase (200k miles)
Although they DID take care of all maintenance & wear & tear fixes...
The little stuff is what surprised me...
I replaced 7 rear facing lights my 1st weekend with it..
2 license
3 cab brake & cargo
2 signal lights
& over half the cluster lights were burned out, along with most interior lights...
But I am willing to take care of such small items...
I traded all the "little things" for
ALL NEW brakes, within 10k of my purchase
ALL NEW AC system within 20k of my purchase
Fresh synthetic oil change the day I bought it.. Along with 2 full tanks...
Not to mention all the "free" stuff left under/behind seats...
Easily $300+ worth of "stuff" (couple chains & straps, converter, tools, etc)
Just wish I would have found the other rear Alcoa cap!!!!!

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