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I have a 2014 summit diesel and bought a new block heater cord for it. I was out in the garage trying to install it for the past hour. I have seen pictures of jeeps without air suspension and the install looks easy. Can somebody please tell me how to install this cord on my summit? I have pulled off the passenger front wheel and pulled the inner fender well and I still could not see. Please help!
 

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Does anyone know how to gain access to the block heater on the summit model to install the cord? do i gain access through the fender well?, or under the vehicle? ive searched this forum and internet for an answer and could not find one. Only found ram trucks or normal suspension jeeps.
 

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Found this here on JG:

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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Thank you Milous. ill bet you searched a while for that lol. i do appreciate your help. So WOW is this the only way to install? I guess i will try this method tomorrow after work.
 

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how do i get to it on a summit model?
I have a 2015 summit and did it from underneath. Didn't remove the wheel (but would probably have helped), just raised the air all the way and supported with stands for safety. I recall cranking the wheel one direction and getting the cable started by hand. Used a pair of needle nose pliers for leverage to push it all the way in. I remember scraping up my arm a bit and contorting my wrist but didn't take long.

Good luck.
 

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What kind of outside temps are you guys seeing? I am in Westchester NY and had one day when the jeep would not start but it almost manifested like the fuel gelled up (17k on fuel filters, running cold weather additive). I have since replaced the filters and it has not complained even in 0 temps. Starts from the remote.
 

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Hi there,
I'me from Germany driving a 2018 Overland 4x4 Diesel. I wonder if I also have the blockheater installed. Is there any way to know it by looking at some markings on the engine?
If not I guess I will have to reach behind feelin for this plug to get out.

What does the blockheater heat? The oil or the engine block?
 

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As far as I know, every ecodiesel engine has the block heater and the power cord to plug it in is optional.

I had the dealer install my cord and was surprised it was up near the firewall when most vehicles have the block heater cord hanging out near the grill. It's easier to keep clean with the plug just below the windshield and I drape the extension cord over the side window for a reminder when I have it plugged in.
 

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Hi there,
I'me from Germany driving a 2018 Overland 4x4 Diesel. I wonder if I also have the blockheater installed. Is there any way to know it by looking at some markings on the engine?
If not I guess I will have to reach behind feelin for this plug to get out.

What does the blockheater heat? The oil or the engine block?

Dade,

The block heater provides heat via an element within the engine block, keeping it warmer then the surrounding air temperature during cold winter months. This pre-heating allows for a couple of things to occur: an easier start-up of the engine its (less strain on the battery..if it is NOT a newer battery, possibly drain it in harsh morning), keeps the oil a slightly warmer, hence not thickened due to cold (think molasses syrup when really cold), and brings the interior cab temperature up quicker (since the engine block is heated up prior to running and getting hot.

Hope this helps.

Regards.
 
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