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Old 06-10-2009, 01:40 AM
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Question Electric Engine Heater?

Hi everybody,

I've been meaning to ask this question for well over a month...

On the '88 rig I have here-I noticed that there is an engine heater on it. Plugs into any household outlet....

I have never had seen one before (my Rig was built for California specifically)

I thought this is pretty cool-it looks to be in good shape-but-what all is involved should I want to r&r it into my '89?

Winter does get cold here, we do get snow, etc. and we get below freezing every night during winter. Avoiding those cold, COLD starts would be oh-so-nice!

Also, does anyone know how much electricity they use?
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:31 AM
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I think they use quite a bit of electricity. Had one in my rig in Idaho. It made a HUGE difference. When I forgot to plug it in, it either took forever to start and/or it would create a small leak. It eventually started leaking badly so I pulled it and put in a regular plug. Next time I have the motor out (or building a new one), I'll be putting another in. They are a PITA to R&R in the truck.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:37 AM
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I couldn't give you any idea how much wattage they use. But I can tell you, every engine I've had has had one. All save for my motorcycles.

My '79 Wag still has the original heater on it and Is the "cold blooded beast form 'ell" without it on cold mornings.

The truck I had in Alaska had two block heaters as well as an oil pan heater. Can you spell "Instant Defroster"?
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:28 PM
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Interesting.

None of the vehicles I've ever had (even those I bought when I lived in Colorado) had one of these installed.

Sounds like it would be best to wait to put this in this when I have my engine rebuilt? Do they wear out, or are they pretty reliable?

I can't believe I didn't notice it for so long, but then again I wasn't driving/maintaining it...the cord was hidden from plain sight.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:31 PM
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I couldn't give you any idea how much wattage they use. But I can tell you, every engine I've had has had one. All save for my motorcycles.

My '79 Wag still has the original heater on it and Is the "cold blooded beast form 'ell" without it on cold mornings.

The truck I had in Alaska had two block heaters as well as an oil pan heater. Can you spell "Instant Defroster"?

Wow! What kind of temp does it keep the block at? (And I have never heard of an oil pan heater, then again being from the Left Coast, I guess that makes sense)

Any chance you know what years these were an option-since yours is original? None of the factory diagrams I have show anything...

X2 on motorcycles-now that would be sweet!
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:30 PM
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My Wag's a 79.
I'm assuming the heater is original. The original owner and the PO were both meticulous about keeping receipts on everything, even oil changes, and I haven't found one for the heater installation.
Does yours have a block heater, or is it an in line (coolant hose) heater. Most in line heaters I've used have a thermostat of sorts in them. They tend to keep temps at around 40 degrees above ambient temperature. Most block heaters are full time heat and the temp would depend on the amperage rating.
The oil pan heater on that old Ford was fitted into a bung welded to the side of the pan. Pretty much the same as a block heater, just lower wattage so as not to scorch the oil. I sure do miss that truck. Factory high boy, crew cab 4X4, with an eight foot bed.
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:33 PM
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Here in WI every parts store has them on the shelf and all the farm supply stores do to, heck even seen them at wal-mart. Don't know if they were factory installed? **edit** Bet some dealers put them in themselves, good sales item** Most aftermarket go in a frost plug hole, there are also ones with pumps that in line on a heater hose. I also have a magnet that you can slap on the bottom of an oil pan.

Most are 400 to 800 watt output, not sure how much they draw.
I often use on a timer so they are not on all night, just a couple hours.
When it is 20 below and parked outside they are a god send.

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Old 06-10-2009, 01:51 PM
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Mine is a block heater, with a brown 110 cord.
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:55 PM
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Mine is a block heater, with a brown 110 cord.

Frost Plug heater - google it, even buy them off Amazon.
Labor is worse than the heater because you have to drain the coolant, and hope you can get a pug out...then hope that plug has space behind it for the heater.

They do burn out (like any element) plug it in on a cool night and feel the block by it in a couple hours, should feel warmer to the touch. A IR heat gun would be slick too.
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It's part of the "cold climate group".
When I bought my '82 I got that, high output alternator, and high capacity battery. Somewhere around $115 at that time.
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I'm at about 5200 ft elevation and i dont see them in gassers, but do see them in most Diesels. I have killed the duel battery's on a Ford because I forgot to plug it in the night before. The J-10 with a 4 core rad has never given me any fits. I just give it 10 minutes to warm up before I leave.
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Sorry about answering so late, took me a while to find. If its stock:

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