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6.0 Engine Block Heater

Hello everyone. I was wondering if it was a good idea to use the engine block heater because I was using it alot during the month of January and by the end of the month, all 8 of my injectors and fuel pump were dead. I was wondering if that had anything to do with the block heater. Another thing what are known risks of the block heater?

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Injectors died due to a bad fuel pump putting out low pressure. If you had a gauge, you would have caught it and saved some cash.

The risks of using the block heater? None. It's easier on the engine, will reduce wear from cold starts. Okay, one risk. You might trip over the extension cord.
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the heater had no affect on the fuel system, it only warms the oil.

that being said, mine dosnt like it when i use it. it seems the warmth dosnt cycle the glowplug as long as needed and it causes rougher starts.

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I use mine when i remember to plug in it other than that i dont really worry about it as i just start it and let it warm up anyway

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The block heater would have no association with your injectors failing.

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the heater had no affect on the fuel system, it only warms the oil.

that being said, mine dosnt like it when i use it. it seems the warmth dosnt cycle the glowplug as long as needed and it causes rougher starts.
Is it even working? You might just be plugging it in when it's colder and assuming it should be better.

Mine hasn't worked all winter, I didn't even realize till a couple weeks ago when it kept popping the breaker. I just thought my batteries were garbage. I've been starting it as cold as -26c after sitting 12 hours.


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the heater had no affect on the fuel system, it only warms the oil.
Well, it actually warms the water jacket. The oil is in the pan and gets little heat until it circulates through the block. Although, the oil in the HPO sump and injectors should be warm until it is replaced by the cold oil.

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mine dosnt like it when i use it. it seems the warmth dosnt cycle the glowplug as long as needed and it causes rougher starts.
The glow plugs remain on for up to 2 minutes even though the wait for start indicator is out after 5-20 seconds (temp dependant). It sounds like you are starting to have injector issues.

There is lots of misinformation about how the glow plugs work. Some guys figure they need to cycle the wait to start light to get more glow-plug time. It doesn't work like that on these trucks. The only thing that could come into play with time is the fuel pump shutting off after 20 seconds. However, it restarts when cranking, which could lead to a longer crank. So if you had to wait > 20 seconds, just cycle the key, wait 3 seconds for the fuel pressure to build and start it; no need to wait for the wait light to go out again in this instance. However, if it was really cold, cycling the key after waiting a minute or more the first KOEO and waiting until the light goes the second time would help with the start!

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good info,

i do not believe it has any issues other than ME being new to it.....i usually crank when the light goes out. obviously when i plug in, the light goes out quickly, when i dont it stays on longer.....

we just got hit with roughly 6-8 ice/snow mix, so tomorrow when i start ( plugged in ) i will wait a few secs longer, maybe fuel pressure isnt totally up yet.

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yikes please keep that weather out there i really dont want none of it

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