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Old 11-25-2013, 08:32 PM
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I have never once plugged my Duramax in. I have started it as low as -10*f. I have read post from guys in Canada starting diesels as low as -25*f with just the glow plugs.
Lots of guys got to work and leave there diesels unplugged for 12 hours in -25f. From what I hear most of the new diesels are all amazing in that aspect. BMW doesn't even have a block heater and I haven't heard of one not start. Just need a long time to warm it up before you work it to hard.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Great job descent!! I couldn't get that close no matter how hard I've been trying! I'm expecting my jeep this Friday and continue to watch this forum for all the info I can gather.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:40 PM
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Yes most new generation Diesels really do not need block heaters for starting.

I am an all Diesel stable of vehicles 3,cars,jeep,4x4 compact tractor,zero turn lawn mower.

My 1984 Mercedes 190D has a block heater, it has no grid heater to help start in cold weather.

When I am at home in SC my vehicles are garage kept, but I have 1 plug that has industrial timer wired in,I program it to come on in enough time to heat up the vehicle. I hit my remote start before walking out the door,by the time I get unplugged the oil has time to circulate for a minute or two and down the road I go.

But I travel up and down the east coast for business and 6 hours north of USA border into Canada in the winter.

Most hotels that are in severe weather areas have plugs outside for people to plug cars/trucks with block heaters in.

I like the idea of getting into a vehicle and have instant heat and defrosters to clear windows while I get snow off of the outside of vehicle.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:27 PM
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Re: Engine Block Heater

I agree that modern diesels or any engine doesn't need a block heater. I do it so that the interior heat/fan comes on much faster when the engine is pre-heated.
That said, apparently the diesels come with an auxillary electric heater because the engine temp takes a long time to rise.
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Old 11-28-2013, 10:30 AM
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Still trying to figure out the best way to run the heater cord. I figure I have 2 options:
1. Thru the front grill, but the opening is not large enough to accommodate the plug, and it would be highly visible from the front
2. Under the hood, by the windshield wipers. I did this with my 04' GJC and it worked well, and was very easy to access, also it did not flop around when going down the road.

Since I will not be using it much (in garage at home, and no plugs available at work) I will have to remember to unplug it the few times I do use it. I remember years ago when I was a Paramedic, we would get 3 am calls, and get to the scene. Getting out of the rig, you would occasionally notice a 50 foot extension cord dangling behind the rig.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

I bought an extension cord and electrical taped the ext cord to the heater cord (to seal and keep together). I then used black zip ties to exising wiring harness where available so it will not move when driving. I decided to route the end of the extension cord out to where the front tow hook protrudes and zip tied the cord to the hook. It is very simple for me to pull up in my driveway and plug it in at the front of the unicorn.
I have a timer set up to come on at 2AM and stay on until I leave for work.

If anyone would like to see pics of how I routed it let me know.
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I bought an extension cord and electrical taped the ext cord to the heater cord (to seal and keep together). I then used black zip ties to exising wiring harness where available so it will not move when driving. I decided to route the end of the extension cord out to where the front tow hook protrudes and zip tied the cord to the hook. It is very simple for me to pull up in my driveway and plug it in at the front of the unicorn.
I have a timer set up to come on at 2AM and stay on until I leave for work.

If anyone would like to see pics of how I routed it let me know.
that sounds like an ideal solution. Please do post some pics. I just haven't looked closely at yet to change it around as I've been using mine up from the front where the passenger wiper is, but I don't like having the extension cord on the fender, not that it's a big deal though but at the tow hook would be more convenient. I think they should have designed it to be more convenient out of the box.

The block heater keeps my oil at 71 degrees according to the EVIC after being plugged in all night at 25 degrees. I wonder where the oil temp sensor is located. Even though they start well at much lower temps without heat, cold starts are hard on engines
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:00 PM
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that sounds like an ideal solution. Please do post some pics. I just haven't looked closely at yet to change it around as I've been using mine up from the front where the passenger wiper is, but I don't like having the extension cord on the fender, not that it's a big deal though but at the tow hook would be more convenient. I think they should have designed it to be more convenient out of the box.

The block heater keeps my oil at 71 degrees according to the EVIC after being plugged in all night at 25 degrees. I wonder where the oil temp sensor is located. Even though they start well at much lower temps without heat, cold starts are hard on engines
You've got it.

I was in a hurry, the shortest extension cord I could find was 8 ft. It was too long but I made do. As you can see in the first picture I bundled the cord up along the wire harnesses where the heater cord is stashed. I cable tied the bundled cord to the wire harnesses because I didn't want that thing floating around in the engine bay. After I plugged the heater cord to the extension I used electrical tape and sealed the two together. This way they shouldn't come apart and also keeps road salt out of there.
To route the cord: I took a piece of annealed wire from work and fed it in the tow hook hole up behind the overflow bottle. I hooked the extension to the wire and simply pulled it out to where the tow hook is. The third picture shows I just cable tied the cord to the tow hook. Easy and convenient for me during the winter.
Note the massive amounts of road salt Illinois likes to put down on the pavement. I had just washed my unicorn, this is all from one trip to work!
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Nice job you did there, thanks for the info and pics. I'm going to do this soon.

I see Illinois likes a little snow to go with all their salt
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Nice job you did there, thanks for the info and pics. I'm going to do this soon.

I see Illinois likes a little snow to go with all their salt
Thanks, and you're welcome! Since most people do not have an annealed wire to bend into shape you can use a wire puller reel.

Yes, there are times I think I can make money by setting up a salt mine on the side of the road - crazy.
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