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post #1 of 13 Old 10-21-2010, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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questions about remote start and block heater

i am getting a good deal on a remote start and i was wandering if you can start the car while is still plugged in
it gets pretty cold in the winter here and it would be nice to be just able to start it and after 15 min just go outside unplug and leave
on my old gmc i had an aftermarket heater and it said to not have it plugged in while it was running
is this different?
will i damage something if i start the truck and it is still plug in?
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I've started mine before with it plugged in.

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I usually start the truck with the block heater still plugged in. I go out to the truck from the house with an armload of gear, coffee cup, etc. and want to place all of this jive in the truck before fiddling with unplugging the cord so while I'm in the cab I start the engine and then go outside and unplug. No wasted time, the engine is idling while I unplug for max warm up time before starting out.

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I would say just don't let it warm up too much, could over heat the heater ha.

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i was thinking no more then 10 minute running in the morning

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Well just dont do what I did a couple winters ago. Dont drive off with it still plugged in. Kind of messes up the cord. Forgot since it was already running. One of those days I should have just stayed in bed.



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Well just dont do what I did a couple winters ago. Dont drive off with it still plugged in. Kind of messes up the cord. Forgot since it was already running. One of those days I should have just stayed in bed.
Dont feel bad, you arent the only one. I used to be a Cummins owner and I read alot of post from guys that drove off without unpluging their trucks, Im sure I'll do it one day too,lol

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I always loop the cord through my mirror so I don't forget.

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I plug my heater up when it gets down in the 20's and use my remote start.Never had any issues.All the heater does ,is keep the block/coolant warm,you wont have any problems.


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Thanks guys
And yes I drove with the cable plugged in before
The good thing is I have to back up from the garage and it just unplugs the cable from the extension cord. Lol

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