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post #1 of 41 Old 12-26-2012, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Got block heater installed!!

Just had a quick ? For those of you that have block heaters? I installed one myself about 3 weeks ago and it doesn't seem to be working! I plug it in all night and the next morning when I get in to drive it doesn't seem to have warmed the fluid at all. The gauges are still all the way down as if it was just started cold. Is there something I should check for besides good connection at both ends of the wire or do you all think the element might be bad? I got it all directly from my ford dealer so its all ford parts. The only reason I concerned its not working is because my 2005 6.0 the temp gauge would show that it was warm already. Thanks
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My truck doesn't show anything. When it's cold and I have it plugged in the oil temp will be warmer. The other morning it was 15, my oil temp showed 50 and my trans showed 19. That's the only way I know to tell.

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If I am not mistaking, the block heater warms your coolant, not the oil and it only warms it to like 50 degrees. Not enough to show on the gauges.


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I don't doubt what you say about only heating it a little bit but why on my 2005 would it already be blowing hot air and the needle show up on my gauge in the middle? Thanks
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I would assume if it warms the block, it would warm the oil as well.

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I don't doubt what you say about only heating it a little bit but why on my 2005 would it already be blowing hot air and the needle show up on my gauge in the middle? Thanks
Idk if it heats the oil.. But if ur truck is blowing hot air then we know its warming the coolant or you would't have hot air immediately. I'm in Texas so it doesn't try that cold often enough to use the block heater... It has the last 2 days tho but I have't used it


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i have not used my block heater yet in my truck but i can tell you this from watching ECT on my Insight these engines run hotter then the 6.0, 7.3 so that gauge on the dash does not really start to register any heat until coolant is above @ 130 degrees i will try plugging my truck in and record my results as i know what temp it usually is without it. But i agree with my 7.3 if it was plugged in id have instant heat even at close to zero degree temps, but it seems like it took a lot less engine heat to produce cab heat in the old truck.

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OP, If you had any snow or ice on your hood there should be a couple of melted spots, thats how you know your block heater is working on your 6.7L

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Well if the dash gauges are anything like the gauges on my 6.0 then they are nothing better then fancy idiot lights. If you had a full set of real gauges you would be extremely surprised as to how useless the dash gauges really are.


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OP, If you had any snow or ice on your hood there should be a couple of melted spots, thats how you know your block heater is working on your 6.7L
Not when it's really cold out you won't.

If you're not sure, a ticking noise from the front end when you've plugged it in almost like the noise of water starting to boil in the kettle is a telltale sign


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