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Can I acces from the top or do I need to go underneath the rig?

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Can I acces from the top or do I need to go underneath the rig?

Top. Without an extension I don't think it would reach the underside on its own. At least that's how it is on the diesel.


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Old 08-31-2014, 10:52 AM
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Can I acces from the top or do I need to go underneath the rig?
You have to access it from the top, but you need long arms, because it plugs in on the passenger side at the very bottom.
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Thanks guys, I installed it today.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Maybe I'm just not as adept as the other members, so I'm going to give a little bit more detail on my adventure of installing the engine block heater cord.

Don't take off the passenger side tire. After prying off the felt/fender liner - I looked around for at least thirty minutes for the infamous orange plug....nothing.

Do go from the top. I'm no body builder, but I squeezed my arms down the backside of the engine compartment (literally against the firewall to the cabin of the vehicle) on the passenger side and then reached forward until I felt a very malleable rubber. Pull, and you have just found the infamous orange plug. I then ran the cord straight down v. going through the back part of the engine compartment.

I had trouble getting the leverage needed to push the plug in with my left arm, so I took the engine cover off and put down several thick blankets, laid across the engine, and put my right arm down the back of the engine compartment - success. Zip tie and then figure out what you are going to do for an extension, b/c unless you want to leave it flopping around from under the hood, you'll need one.

I don't have any pictures, because I literally never saw what I was working with. I do recommend a long sleeve shirt if you like skin on your forearms.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Sounds like ordering the chord pre-installed is worth it! Glad ya got it installed.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

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Passenger side, down very low. You will probably need a mirror to see where to access the plug.
Front or rear of the block on the passenger side? Thx!
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Just ordered mine
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Front or rear of the block on the passenger side? Thx!
You will be standing in the front, and reach down on the left (passenger) side
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Does anyone have a shot of what the connector on the block end of the cord looks like? Anything like this one on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kats-28500-Gau...HQ1EWGQPV8HNSN

Also, what gauge wire is the Mopar one? The one linked above is only 18 gauge (and 5 feet long). Seems a bit light, but there are heavier options.
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Yep....the KATS Part#28500 cord fits and is only 10 bucks according to the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel forum...

http://www.ram1500diesel.com/forum/s...ead.php?p=8529

18 guage is fine for a 600w load. Thats only 5 amps at 120vac.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

I did not plug mine in last year at all and it started just fine. I used to plug my Jetta in all the time and really appreciate that the engine starts up warm. Has to be much easier on the engine and your mileage really sucks until things warm up a bit.

For those who route an extension out the front like I did on the Jetta, buy a plug end, the kind you would buy for repairs plug it up with caulk and then plug it into the plug on your vehicle. Then if road dirt and stuff hits it, the plugs are protected and your cover costs very little but worked for me pretty well.

I probably will use the plug this year because already I had two days were I had to take some time to get my windows defrosted.
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