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The new style will work and it'll be easy to replace. If you know what you're doing it should be a ten minute job give or take a cup of coffee at 12 degrees outside.
Go to dieselorings.com and look at the writeup he has there on how to rebuild the fuel bowl. You'll see what it takes to do it. Basically, drain the bowl, remove the filter, remove the wire connected to the heater in the bowl, remove the two screws holding the center post and heater in, pull out the old and put in the new heater, connect the wire to the heater, retighten the mounting screws that hold the post and heater in, put the filter back in and or put the lid back on, close up the drain valve, cycle the key a couple of times to refill the fuel bowl with fuel and then you should be good to go. Caution: That center black post has got little parts in there under spring pressure so try to keep it all together inside of the post as you remove it or you'll be picking up little pieces here and there and wondering how it all goes back together (dieselorings.com has a good exploded view picture that shows the correct order of the parts if things do pop out all over). In fact, if I remember correctly, if you're careful, the post can be held in so as to stay in the bowl while you slip heater in and out of the bowl over the top of the post. Hope that makes sense.
ALso, I don't think that the fuel heater would really effect so much the starting of the motor as it helps the running of the motor(???). If you're having troubles getting started then you're probably needing to look at the glow plug relay and glow plugs first.
Last edited by losfinch; 12-04-2009 at 07:36 AM.