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Old 06-16-2005, 06:01   #1 (permalink)
Als
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Factory engine block heater

I will be moving to Anchorage, Alaska in August. My 93 explorer 4.0 liter V6
has a block heater installed. The question is how do I check to make sure
its working? I could trace it down and pull it then heat some water but that
may give me leaks etc. Is there an easy way to do this.

Also anyone with any experience with these. Do they work well at -20F?



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Old 06-16-2005, 10:01   #2 (permalink)
C. E. White
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Re: Factory engine block heater

Why not just plug it in when the truck is cold and then see
if it warms up the water? I have them on several tractors,
and can hear the water gurgling when they are working. The
ones I have are well over 15 years old and never give me a
problem. Years ago I had one in a Ford Fiesta. I loved it. I
plugged the car in on cold nights and it was great to have
heat first thing in the morning. But then I am in a
relatively warm climate....

Regards,

Ed White

Als wrote:
>
> I will be moving to Anchorage, Alaska in August. My 93 explorer 4.0 liter V6
> has a block heater installed. The question is how do I check to make sure
> its working? I could trace it down and pull it then heat some water but that
> may give me leaks etc. Is there an easy way to do this.
>
> Also anyone with any experience with these. Do they work well at -20F?
>

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Old 06-16-2005, 17:01   #3 (permalink)
Als
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Re: Factory engine block heater

Well I thought of that but as my assignment would take me from 80F to
possibly 1F I thought to would be better to check it in advance. Just hoping
to have a way prior to arrival.


"C. E. White" <cewhite3@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:42B19451.FA4EF17A@nospam.com...
> Why not just plug it in when the truck is cold and then see
> if it warms up the water? I have them on several tractors,
> and can hear the water gurgling when they are working. The
> ones I have are well over 15 years old and never give me a
> problem. Years ago I had one in a Ford Fiesta. I loved it. I
> plugged the car in on cold nights and it was great to have
> heat first thing in the morning. But then I am in a
> relatively warm climate....
>
> Regards,
>
> Ed White
>
> Als wrote:
>>
>> I will be moving to Anchorage, Alaska in August. My 93 explorer 4.0 liter
>> V6
>> has a block heater installed. The question is how do I check to make sure
>> its working? I could trace it down and pull it then heat some water but
>> that
>> may give me leaks etc. Is there an easy way to do this.
>>
>> Also anyone with any experience with these. Do they work well at -20F?
>>



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Old 06-16-2005, 19:01   #4 (permalink)
Clark
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Re: Factory engine block heater

"Als" <als@farter.net> wrote in news:BLmse.147$wm2.99@fe05.lga:

> Well I thought of that but as my assignment would take me from 80F to
> possibly 1F I thought to would be better to check it in advance. Just
> hoping to have a way prior to arrival.
>
>
> "C. E. White" <cewhite3@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:42B19451.FA4EF17A@nospam.com...
>> Why not just plug it in when the truck is cold and then see
>> if it warms up the water? I have them on several tractors,
>> and can hear the water gurgling when they are working. The
>> ones I have are well over 15 years old and never give me a
>> problem. Years ago I had one in a Ford Fiesta. I loved it. I
>> plugged the car in on cold nights and it was great to have
>> heat first thing in the morning. But then I am in a
>> relatively warm climate....
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Ed White
>>
>> Als wrote:
>>>
>>> I will be moving to Anchorage, Alaska in August. My 93 explorer 4.0
>>> liter V6
>>> has a block heater installed. The question is how do I check to make
>>> sure its working? I could trace it down and pull it then heat some
>>> water but that
>>> may give me leaks etc. Is there an easy way to do this.
>>>
>>> Also anyone with any experience with these. Do they work well at -20F?
>>>

>
>
>


Prior to your departure (like tomorrow morning) plug the heater in for 15 or
20 minutes and see if the water heats up. Pretty simple really.

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Old 06-17-2005, 00:01   #5 (permalink)
Jim Warman
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Re: Factory engine block heater

An ohm-meter is a barely adequate test.... it can't reveal any lightly
corroded terminals. I have an old trouble light wired so that the 100 watt
bulb is in series with an added 110 volt recepticle. That is to say... the
path of power is from one prong of the plug, through the block heater, on to
the bulb and then back to the plug. This will add load to the circuit and
reveal any "iffy" connections.

To be honest, I wouldn't sweat it at this point in time.... August in Alaska
is still pretty decent and the garages there will be much more familiar with
block heaters than those where you are now.

Where I live, block heaters are a fact of life... there's nothing magical
about them and they are, by and large, trouble free.


"Als" <als@farter.net> wrote in message news:BLmse.147$wm2.99@fe05.lga...
> Well I thought of that but as my assignment would take me from 80F to
> possibly 1F I thought to would be better to check it in advance. Just

hoping
> to have a way prior to arrival.
>
>
> "C. E. White" <cewhite3@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:42B19451.FA4EF17A@nospam.com...
> > Why not just plug it in when the truck is cold and then see
> > if it warms up the water? I have them on several tractors,
> > and can hear the water gurgling when they are working. The
> > ones I have are well over 15 years old and never give me a
> > problem. Years ago I had one in a Ford Fiesta. I loved it. I
> > plugged the car in on cold nights and it was great to have
> > heat first thing in the morning. But then I am in a
> > relatively warm climate....
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Ed White
> >
> > Als wrote:
> >>
> >> I will be moving to Anchorage, Alaska in August. My 93 explorer 4.0

liter
> >> V6
> >> has a block heater installed. The question is how do I check to make

sure
> >> its working? I could trace it down and pull it then heat some water but
> >> that
> >> may give me leaks etc. Is there an easy way to do this.
> >>
> >> Also anyone with any experience with these. Do they work well at -20F?
> >>

>
>



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Old 06-18-2005, 09:01   #6 (permalink)
Alan Moorman@visi.com
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Re: Factory engine block heater

On Thu, 16 Jun 2005 17:08:23 -0500, "Als" <als@farter.net> wrote:

>Well I thought of that but as my assignment would take me from 80F to
>possibly 1F I thought to would be better to check it in advance. Just hoping
>to have a way prior to arrival.
>
>

If 1F is the coldest you'll face, you won't NEED the heater.

You might like using it so that you get heat in the cab sooner, but as for
the engine starting at 1F -- no problem!




Alan Moorman

The only reason some people get lost in thought
is because it's unfamiliar territory.

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