Block heater plugged in while running? - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 Old 11-21-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 187
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Block heater plugged in while running?

Hey guys just wondering if leaving the truck running while the block heater plugged in is okay..

Thanks!


Sent from my iPhone using AutoGuide.com App
corycicuto is offline  
post #2 of 9 Old 11-21-2012, 10:11 PM
Super Moderator


 
SuperCrutyPS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Orangevale, CA
Posts: 14,956
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 209 Post(s)
Thanks: 76
Thanked 451 Times in 435 Posts
Garage
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Shouldn't hurt anything. The heater is in the block and doesn't interfere with the engine's operation.


Owner | Operator: Darryl
My Truck: Ol' Guy Garage
Tow Toy: Pilgrim International 31RE3SLF5
United States Navy - IC2 - '76-'80
SuperCrutyPS is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 11-22-2012, 12:11 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
amdriven2liv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,335
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Thanks: 6
Thanked 47 Times in 42 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
The manufacturers say not to start the truck while plugged in.

From the Kats Company:

5
MOST COMMON FAILURE CAUSES
FROM INSTALLATION OR OPERATOR ERRORS
• Pre-heater plugged in while engine is running.
• Air not bled from system (run engine until maximum system
pressure is reached before plugging it in).
• Plugged in before it is installed to see if it gets hot (trust us IT WILL).
• Tank style heater installed in the wrong physical location.
• Tank style heater not connected to the right locations.

From Zerostart: (phillips and temro)

DO NOT RUN YOUR ENGINE WHILE THE ENGINE
HEATER IS PLUGGED IN. This will create an air
bubble around the element which will then cause the
element to burn out prematurely.


So, it's your call.
amdriven2liv is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 11-22-2012, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 187
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Thank you for the info!


Sent from my iPhone using AutoGuide.com App
corycicuto is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 06:44 AM
Member
 
ajgeo38's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 36
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Has any one actually done this. Im curious too seeing as how i just got a remote start and i do plug it in a night

Sent from my DROID BIONIC using AutoGuide.Com Free App

As I Ride through the valleys of SUVs and riceburners, I shall fear no evil, for torque and positraction are mine. Mine eight rods, eight pistons and diesel power, they comfort me. For therein lies mine power, and glory, and salvation, forever.
ajgeo38 is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 06:51 AM
Member
 
Redd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajgeo38 View Post
Has any one actually done this. Im curious too seeing as how i just got a remote start and i do plug it in a night

Sent from my DROID BIONIC using AutoGuide.Com Free App
Put the block heater on a timer. Have it turn on at a certain time, and turn off before.
Redd is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 07:10 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
jesilvas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Nacogdoches, TX
Posts: 11,148
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 27 Times in 25 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
A running motor heats up faster than the block heater and will get hotter too. Hot element in hot coolant might not be good.

I made my Samsung SGH-I997 send this.



2000 F-350 Lariat Super Duty, Dually, CCLB, 7.3L
4R100, 2wd
330,000 + miles
jesilvas is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 07:33 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 238
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I don't unplug mine until it's warmed up ready to go.
I unplug it when I go to leave. I guess since I've been doing this to this truck for 250K miles the last 7 1/2 years, I may need to check the element. j/k

2006 built 05/05 XLT CC DRW PSD. Captain chairs, sunroof, polished aluminum wheels, 6speed, manual 4x4. 285K miles with 130K problem free miles on new engine.
RatherBNtheWoods is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 11-23-2012, 07:56 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
smokersteve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: California
Posts: 4,322
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I do it often. 96,000 miles.

Depending on how cold it is. I have it on a timer for 2 hours before I leave. Start the truck( still on) then drive away and it unplugs.
smokersteve is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome