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post #1 of 11 Old 01-15-2008, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Block Heater

Just tested my block heater and it's shorted . I looked in
the service manual and it says you have to drain all of
the coolant. I would think I should just have to drain the
block??? also it seems like ebay has the best prices I can
find the dealer wants $160.00 and I can't find after market
so far thanks...

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Waiiiiiiitttttt!!!!!
All you need is a cord. Did you ohm test the cord? I have heard of only one or two block heaters going bad. 99% of the time it is the cord. It gets broken inside from all the tugging and pulling. That is why I suggest the Marinco mod to stop this. Pics in my sig. The heater and cord are sold seperately so you aren't out anything by changing just the cord first.
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How do you test the heater/cord? I'm wondering if mine is working or not-that could be another problem with these cold starts!
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You Ohm test the cord, between the two prongs, this is not your problem. You truck should start without a block heater down to 20 below. The heater just makes it easier and allows the heater to blow warm air quicker. Follow the troubleshooting I sent you and you will have your problem solved.
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hope that works for ya! u need plug ins in this weather! if mine wasnt plugged in this morning i dont think i would have to go to school! maybe i should try it

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How do you test the heater/cord? I'm wondering if mine is working or not-that could be another problem with these cold starts!
First, I plug it up and it doesn't throw the breaker in the shop. Second, I get in the truck the next morning and the heater blows warm as soon as I crank it. If it fails either test then there is a malfunction.

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I need a new block heater cord too now...went to unplug it this morning and the plug end fell off in my hand

can someone link me to a replacement cord?

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I need a new block heater cord too now...went to unplug it this morning and the plug end fell off in my hand

can someone link me to a replacement cord?
hahah thats funny



last night mine shots a blue flame about a foot long and the sparks were flying...lol the plug on the truck must have had a crack from being bent tugged etc... the wire couldn't take the power I'm assuming and it shorted out blew the breaker in the garage I just cut about 6" off the cord bought a new heavy duty water proof end and replaced it .. works like new again

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I am replacing the plug on mine. There is one green wire and two seperate stranded wires. Is the green wire ground?

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Did a search and read through some old threads...green wire is ground.

This site is sure helpful!
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