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Well it has finally gotten cold here and I noticed that the truck was much more difficult to start at 30 degrees. I had my doubts about the grid heaters. I took off the intake and found that one was not getting hot.
Traced it back to a bad relay, all the wiring was fine.
So I know from previous threads that a isolated relay is needed because the computer grounds out the relay to energize it.
Most of the local stores did not have 2 and most of them were $30....
I came home and did a little research and what I came up with was.
The 1985 Jeep J20 with the 5.9l used an isolated starter relay.
The was useful because if you ask may counter guys they just stare at you unless you have a specific model year etc.
Well, according to Advance Autos website they had the two I needed in stock, took my multimeter with me to verify the base was isolated.....
Of course, no go, it was grounded.
I went to Autozone and BINGO! Their part # is AM430 and it IS and isolated base. $12.99
I will post pictures in a bit of how I modded the stock bracket to mount these.
There are 3 little connections two threaded on the bottom and 1 non threaded on the top. The connections you use are the one on the top and the "S" threaded connection to activate the relay. Then of course the two large ones.
'98 QCSB 4x4 , G56 with Valair DD !!! , Full set of gages... 5x.014 DFI injectors, 4k gsk he351 60x60x9, S472 72mmx83mm 1.1 ratio. Twins... Carli 2.0 Suspension, Firestone Air bags.
Last edited by toms73novass; 11-27-2010 at 09:22 PM.
holy JEEZE! them things do get RED hot lol. im thinking thats my issue too is a bad relay. thanks for the write up. OH! i total forgot to mention, 82-84 6.2 GM diesels use a isolated relay for their glowplugs too! give one small terminal 12 volts and one a ground and they work. theyre about 10 bucks too, and easy to find at every auto parts store and last a long time.
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1995 Dodge 2500 4x4 NV4500 12 Valve Cummins No Plate, Gauges, 5" Homemade Stacks.
Last edited by 4320diesel; 11-27-2010 at 10:41 PM.
thanks tom and illflem, both of you have helped tremendously. dayum, no wonder the owner's manual say's to not cycle more than once. tom, may i ask what you do for a living?
1996 2500 clb cab long bed auto, stock airbox with stock filter, no fuel plate, tranny holding fine. Recon L E D taillights an 3rd brake light. isspro gauges, boost, pyro, trans temp, AND MBRP 4inch exhaust, no tip.
I have an intake temp gauge that reads down to 0F with the sensor about half way back on the airhorn.
Even at 0 the gauge jumps up to over 80 in the matter of a couple seconds when the grids cycle.
They do get hot fast...
'95 2500 4wd auto
'95 3500 5 speed heavy hauler
Stock for one day
I just finished replacing the relays for the grid heater. its totaly wild that the dealer said $100.00 for 2 relays. and 2 weeks to get them. So off to search i went. I think I found a solution. the relays are almost an exact match to a western snow plow. The only differance is westerns are 1 inch taller. all the connections are the same. The mod to the factory bracket was cake. just drilled out he center of the dimpple. cut off the new relays mounting tabs and bent them around the factory bracket. the wires reach just fine, and when you look at them they look factory. the best part is they were $14.95, and you can get them at any truck shop that deals with plows. or online. Direct replacement for Western part # 56131K, Snow plow aftermarket part # 1306310. I will post the pixs later.
I installed the ford solenoids on mine. Totally manual control. I used a single momentary on push button switch that branches out to two separate illuminated (when on) switches for each heater.These are mounted on the left side of the steering column. If I just wanna use one heater in not so cold temps- flip one switch, push the button, switch illuminates to let me know power is being sent. Let go button after 10 secs and fire her up. Then I may activate just the other one every now and then while warming up. This wouldn't be for everone tho- I just happen to like full control for some things.
1997 12v 3500 DRW 4x4 Ext Cab Long Box, Auto 320,000 KMS- Manual grid heaters wih Ford Solenoids. Back-up Camera. 4.10's.
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