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Old 12-14-2009, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help with block heater problem

Of course it's winter time now so I have been plugging my truck in overnight so it will start up well in the morning, but the past three nights it has been cold in the morning and I have had to use the "wait to start" light before I start it. I checked the circuit breaker that it is plugged into and it's fine. Then I got a chord with a light on the end of it that showed there was power on ther outlet and it was still cold in the morning. Does anybody have any ideas as to why this is happening. Any help is greatly appriciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I plug mine in all night and I still have to wait for the "wait to start light". Most of the time its just a short cycle but the odd time it'll run for 15 seconds or whatever. Depends how cold out it is though. -30 degrees C here right now, or colder.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's understandable, but it was around 45-50 degrees F here. It has never done this before. It has always been warm enough in the morning to start right up, even when it's around 0 F.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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im wonderin the same thing. last year i tried it once to see if it even worked. and it did, no wait light and just started up. this year i tried it and the wait light was on just as long as if i didnt plug it in
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Block Heater Problem

Have a 2001 and last year the block heater didn't work so bought a new Fleetguard heater with cord from Cummins. This year during some cold snaps (below freezing) the "wait to start" light came on for a few seconds only. The other night we had a freezing rain and the truck was coated except for part of the hood. I'm assuming the heater generated enough heat to offset the forming of ice. Someone told me the heater puts out 1500 watts so I have it on a timer and have it timed to come on 3 hours before I have to fire it up.
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Old 12-19-2009, 01:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i've been plugging mine in all night, when there's a hard frost, there isn't any frost on the lower part of windshield. i guess it only keeps the coolant at about 100*.
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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your block heater may have went out on you. I just had to replace mine a few weeks ago because of the same problem. I would plug it in and it would be cold in the morn. Easy to do and only cost about $90 from napa. If you haven't flushed your coolant in a while the dirt and grime will coat the heater and it will burn up on ya. Just make sure you get the straight one not the bent one. I think its 600 watts.
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Make sure your cord is working first before you go replacing the heater.. Check to see if your getting power to the end.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:11 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Make sure your cord is working first before you go replacing the heater.. Check to see if your getting power to the end.
I second this. Check the cord on the truck, use a multi meter to check it and have it set to ohms. If you get a reading of zero it is bad, as there is a break in the wire somewhere. I had the same problem with mine recently and it was the block heater cord. You can pick up a new cord from Geno's Garage for $14, the dealer wanted $58 for the same fleetguard cord.

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Old 01-02-2010, 12:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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the wait to start light senses intake air temp and will operate even if block heater is working. this warms the cold air coming into engine
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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mine just quit working last week, I pulled the cord out and checked the voltage at the end, Im gettin 72-80 volts, is this normal? Was expecting it to be 110 but didnt know if its supposed to drop down or not.Hate to replace the heater if its only the cord. Thanks
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