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Old 12-17-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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What is the power cord on the motor area?

1986 Blue bird ford international 8 cyll I Think 7.3 motor.

When I plug what ever dangling cord visible from under the front wheel it trips the breaker on my 110V home current.

1. What is it?

My thought was to keel the batteries and the motor from freezing?
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:05 PM   #2
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Re: What is the power cord on the motor area?

More than likely it's a block heater for extreme cold weather. Diesel engines are known to he hard to start in the winter time...... Kicking the breaker ..... probably short in the block heater system or cord..
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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Most of those are 1500w, you might check to see if a 1500w heater will also blow that breaker.
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If you are plugging into a GFI outlet, it will probably trip it. Especially if its an "in block" heater.
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GFI means ground fault interruptor

These clever devices measure and voltage leak to ground. A in block heater will not trip a GFI any more than any other circuit. Some GFI are slow and lazy and can do a bit of unnecessary tripping. These are a valuable device in most applications. I have also removed same under certain conditions. Frank
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These clever devices measure and voltage leak to ground. A in block heater will not trip a GFI any more than any other circuit. Some GFI are slow and lazy and can do a bit of unnecessary tripping. These are a valuable device in most applications. I have also removed same under certain conditions. Frank
Hotstart told me specifically that block heaters will trip GFI plugs a lot of times. More than a circuit breaker. I surely wouldnt remove a GFI though.
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