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Old 11-02-2015, 08:17 AM
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ECO diesel engine block heater

From what I gather on the site--the Diesel already has the engine block heater built in and I just need to buy the cable? 67 and some change...I wasn't planning on needing the heater, so I didn't get it as an option..now Uncle Sam is sending me to the north!!

Does anyone have any clue how to install the engine block heater? Is it just the cable I need?

If so do you have pictures of a clean install for possible putting the plug on the underside mount of the vehicle or how its installed in the engine compartment...any help would be great!

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Old 11-02-2015, 09:08 AM
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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

JS3 Motorsports sells them and has some info. Just need the cord - $29.

See this post.
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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

Just had mine installed at the dealer and there are cables that go to the top of the strut towers (or whatever they are called) that I never noticed before. Also never noticed the glow plug module sticking up on the passenger side. I'm not sure if it's just new or it was wiped clean during the install.

I still don't see where the cord plugs in down from the top.

The first picture is the passenger side (for a left-hand drive vehicle) and the second is the left side.



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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

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Just had mine installed at the dealer and there are cables that go to the top of the strut towers (or whatever they are called) that I never noticed before. Also never noticed the glow plug module sticking up on the passenger side. I'm not sure if it's just new or it was wiped clean during the install.

I still don't see where the cord plugs in down from the top.

The first picture is the passenger side (for a left-hand drive vehicle) and the second is the left side.



The second picture is actually your air shock. I'm guessing you have the air suspension on the vehicle.
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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

OP, when you get the heater plug installed I highly recommend a timer to plug it into. I used to set the timer for about 90 minutes before I would leave for work in the morning on my other diesel. It could be snow and ice but you'll have a clear hood and windshield more than likely without wasting ridiculous energy.
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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

Folks,
I have a 2014 GC Diesel Summit and it does have a Block Heater found pretty much as in the pictures from Milious, on the passenger side of the engine. It is clearly a 120V 3 prong cable with a plug cap on the end exactly as you can see in the picture.

When you unravel it, the cord is about 3 feet long which is probably not enough to route it out of the vehicle. What have other people done?
And where is the best place to route it?

I am thinking of buying an short extension cord to route it safely down behind the radiator using wire ties to keep it away from anything hot or rotating and then just out below the grill. Am I crazy?

I do not want to have to open the hood every cold morning.

BTW, do block heaters have to be on a timer? Can they be plugged in all night?

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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

I run mine out below the windshield by the base of the driver side wiper. I plug it in from the driver's side. Has the advantage that I see the cord when I get in and don't forget to unplug it.

I have mine plugged into a WeMo outlet. I generally turn it on 3 hours before I go somewhere. The WeMo is IFTTT compatible, so I can trigger it via a calendar entry. When I have a morning appt, I have it come on via a calendar event 3 hours in advance.

I work from home though, so my driving schedule is very erratic. When I worked a "9 to 5" having it on a daily timer worked very well. 3 hours was researched as the best compromise on our Prius, so I've simply stuck with that in the Jeep.
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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

Can anyone recommend a timer that I can plug into the outdoor socket on my house? The manual says 6.5 amps, so I would think that it needs to be fairly robust.
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Zhe Wiz, that's super fancy. I just went to a hardware store and got a cheap $15 timer. No wifi, no calendar invites but I wish I had one!
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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

My dealer has just told me that the Block Heater can be left plugged in continuously without any damage; other than running up your power bill.

Unfortunately, I come and go at different times all day so a timer would not buy me anything.

As for routing the plug and cord, the idea of bringing it out just beside the left wiper motor is good. It can be held down so as not to ruin the paint. The rubber seal there is flexible enough and the idea of seeing it plugged in before I back out is really handy and safe.
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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

I'll look into routing the cord by the windshield if I can't get a very short extension cord secured down the front to exit by one of the tow hooks. I usually hang the extension cord over the side mirror as a reminder that it's plugged in.
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Re: ECO diesel engine block heater

On my Dodge Ram Cummins I wired the cord to a marinco 150 BBI plug installed in the front air dam. Has worked flawlessly for years....A very neat and easily accessible way to plug in. Am currently deciding the best way to incorporate in the CRD.
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