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Old 10-25-2013, 09:57 PM
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Does anyone use the block heater?

I've been having really hard cold starts in the morning. I've pretty much narrowed my symptoms down to I need new glow plugs but for now I'm curious about using the block heater to help me start in the mean time.

So for those who use it, how long does it take to warm up the block?

Is there any dummy light that did plays on the dash letting you know it's plugged in and functioning??
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:02 PM
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3 hours sir. Anymore than that your just wasting electricity. Get a timer set up so it starts heating 3 hours before you drive it, voila


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Ok thanks I'll have to try it in the morn
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:29 AM
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Heavy-duty 15A timer, heavy-duty extension cord, and relocated plug mounted in the bumper ... We use it everyday in the winter months. Easy starting and instant heat. Heck if the temp and vent controls are left in "max temp" and "defrost", the windshield will even be partially defrosted as well. Cheers!
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same here. timer for about 3 hours and heavy duty cord. easy start and instant heat is always nice when it's 10* and snowing out.


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No light; it's not part of the truck's electrical system. To know if it's working, check the resistance; should be about 14 ohms IIRC. Or use one of those plug-in power meters like the Kill-A-Watt. If you have an analog power meter on the side of the house, you might even see the little disc go faster when you plug it in (it's 1000 watts, which is why you want it on the timer as said above).
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:36 AM
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Also you can plug it in roll under the truck and check for heat. Its right where your oil filter is.


I had mine in a timer for a while, seemed like if I didn't plug her in from the time I parked to the time.I left in the morning she wasn't very happy. I also assumed my temp gauge would be showing something and it wasn't. I may have an issue with my heater?

I bought an auxiliary water heater from kats that works pretty good also. I started using that more than the block heater. When I use the block heater I get an oil leak (makes no sense to me that if I put heat on my seals they leak but cold they don't?)

How cold is it where you live? Luckily it doesnt get much under 30 here
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