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Old 02-13-2014, 03:56 PM   #11
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Re: Block heater questions

When I've had diesel vehicles with block heaters that I used to commute to work, I plugged them in to a timer so it would activate a couple hours before I had to start the vehicle. Worked like a charm. It is a good feeling to have your diesel instantly come to life and purr when it's freezing outside. I really dislike the sound of a loudly clacking frigidly cold diesel engine.
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:06 AM   #12
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Re: Block heater questions

We've always plugged them in around freezing(32*F or 0*C). Cold weather is hard on diesel engines and bearing and cylinder wall wear go down tremendously by using the block heater. You won't ruin the heater by plugging it in above that temp but the benefits aren't as well noticed. The current draw depends on the wattage of the heater. Most are around 1000-1500 watts which is pulling about 10 to 15 amps.
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