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Old 05-25-2019, 12:10 AM   #1
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Non skoolie GM question- block heater?

Hey Everyone,

I recently picked up a 2004 Chevy Silverado with the 6.0

I noticed today a 120v plug hanging down by the drivers side tow hook. It was raining pretty good so I haven't looked closer.

Could it be a block heater? I've never seen one on a gas motor before.

If not s block heater what could it be?
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Probably, quite common in colder regions. Had them on my Challenger, and Corvair Van growing up in Ct.
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Probably, quite common in colder regions. Had them on my Challenger, and Corvair Van growing up in Ct.
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I had never heard of a block heater on a gas motor before.
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Kewl!

I had never heard of a block heater on a gas motor before.
Freeze plug or dip stick.

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I'll get a closer look as soon as the weather is a bit nicer. Just hit oil change interval.
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I had dipstick heaters I used even on gas cars.. before the days of remote start, just that little heater made a huge difference in how long it took for the heater to blow hot ..


the freeze plug heaters you practically had heat the moment you started the engine ..
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block heaters are so common here that it's a surprise to see a vehicle without one, gas, propane, or diesel - - my old truck, RIP, was on propane only - it would start reliably at -27c ( -16f ) - at -28c, it wouldn't start if the block heater wasn't plugged in
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All but one of the diesel rigs that I have owned have had block heaters. This is the first gas rig I have with one.

Of course it doesn't get that cold around here. I've only seen below zero (F) a handful of times.
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