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Old 02-13-2014, 04:56 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, 11:06 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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I have this plug on my bus, near the entry way. I'm assuming that means a block heater is already installed. If so, what type of cable do I need to use it?

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I have this plug on my bus, near the entry way. I'm assuming that means a block heater is already installed. If so, what type of cable do I need to use it?

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I've typically seen this style...
But, I've also seen just a good quality extension cord female end work also.

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I've typically seen this style...
But, I've also seen just a good quality extension cord female end work also.

Thanks. That's pretty much what I thought. Is that typically a 13 or 15 amp cord... or more?

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I have this plug on my bus, near the entry way. I'm assuming that means a block heater is already installed. If so, what type of cable do I need to use it?
We'll need to see a picture of the receptacle prongs to make an intelligent guess on the cable, and remember what assume does to U and ME.
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Since this discussion is about block heaters.... (I don't have one)

Are they a passive element that's installed in the water passage? I'm picturing something like a water heater element or one of those charcoal lighter coils.

Or a pump & element installed in the radiator hose?
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I like this guy's use of an old computer power supply port & cable....
Most everyone has these in the junk drawer???

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Since this discussion is about block heaters.... (I don't have one)

Are they a passive element that's installed in the water passage? I'm picturing something like a water heater element or one of those charcoal lighter coils.

Or a pump & element installed in the radiator hose?
I believe most all O.E.M. engine heaters are a heating element installed in place of one block expansion plug.

Most of the aftermarket ones are in one heater hose. And still uses the immersed heating element.

Both will be no more than 1800 watts @ 120v because most household plug in circuits are 15 or 20 amps.

I prefer the heater hose version because it will push heat throughout the engine eventually. Whereas the in block heater heats the immediate where installed.
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