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Old 12-17-2010, 06:22 AM
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Sorry, another block heater question

I have searched but can't find exactly what i am looking for.

Will it damamge the truck to leave the block plugged in for say weeks at a time without starting the truck?

I don't usually drive my truck everyday but when i went to start it yesterday and it was about 10 degrees, it had a bit of a hard time.... i am curious if its ok to leave the engine plugged in basically all the time until i need to use the truck?

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Old 12-17-2010, 06:49 AM
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Don't think it would hurt anything, but the electric bill will add up fast.

Just do like most, go the hardware store get a QUALITY OUTDOOR timer, mine is set to turn on for a couple hours befor I drive.
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The only problems I can think of is like stated above is the electric bill and mice. My brother used to keep his excursion pluged in all the time and the mice kept building nests in and around the engine. They actually chewed thru the air filter and built a nest in his intake. Ended up costing him a turbo!
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Yeah thats a good point about the mice actually. i am not really worried about the power bill but the mice might become a pain.... i think i will just leave it unplugged and hope it starts haha. i only drive it maybe once every couple weeks and for short periods of time when i do.
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Cost is the main thing. That baby is 1800 watts of juice running all the time. Thats like having 18 100 watt light bulbs on in your house 24/7...it will def hike up your electric bill big time. I do the same thing as stated above...I have a timer that kicks on 3hrs before I leave. Anything over 3hrs seems like overkill. But if money is no object go for it and leave it on all the time.
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I think I paid $25 at Lowes for my timer, faily cheep for peace of mind.
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