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Old 09-01-2011, 06:42 PM
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Block heater bad

Ok last winter my block heater stopped working all together. I at first thought it was the cord, and just figured it was close enough to spring to just wait and replace it over the summer.

I did test it with an ohmmeter and it tested out as bad. However that didn't tell me if the cord had a broken spot in it or if the element itself was bad.

I finally got around to buying a new kit, element and cord, and got the new cord put on today. Still not working. So now I have got to replace the element.

It looks as though I will have to take the starter out in order to actually get to it.

That is unless someone else has a better idea on how bet to do the job. I am open to suggestions. I didn't have time or replacement coolant to do the job today.

Maybe I'll video the job and put it on you tube.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:51 PM
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Wish I could help. On the 6.0 the starter doesnt need to come out. I figured location was the same as the 6.4, guess not.
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Well I can see the heater, but can't seem to get a wrench in at the right angle to turn it. I am going to take the new element with me and see about buying a socket that maybe will fit down on top and maybe I'll get it that way.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:07 AM
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Let us know how the install goes. I bought my truck out of the south a few months back and will have to install a block heater myself in a few months before it gets too cold up here in IL.
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Let us know how the install goes. I bought my truck out of the south a few months back and will have to install a block heater myself in a few months before it gets too cold up here in IL.
Bought mine out of the south and brought it up to Canada. They all come with the element installed, as far as i've read but you may need to buy the cord.

As for replacing it, crap! it was a beotch just hooking up the cord nevermind replacing the thing.

Last edited by elongate; 09-04-2011 at 05:11 PM. Reason: replaced beotch for b_tch
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Let us know how the install goes. I bought my truck out of the south a few months back and will have to install a block heater myself in a few months before it gets too cold up here in IL.
All the trucks came with the block heater installed. You'll just need to buy the cord for it either from for or eBay. I bought mine from eBay 2yrs ago and haven had a problem yet and only cost me I think 20$
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Wish I could help. On the 6.0 the starter doesnt need to come out. I figured location was the same as the 6.4, guess not.
i must say that is a pretty kick *** pic you got posted
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Well, I got the new block heater element installed and as it turned out it was not that bad of a job. The heater element took a 32mm socket and I did have to take the starter out in order to access it.

I tried every thing I could think of to do it without removing the starter but just could not get the socket over the element with the starter in the way. The starter actually came out pretty quick and went right back in. Maybe added another 20-30 minutes to the job

Hopefully this block heater will last.
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