EcoDiesel Block Heater Installation

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I'm still waiting for the block heater. Should be here this week. Already got the electric cord. I'm going to use a timer on the outlet for when I want to heat the motor.
That's what I've done in the past. I'm sure you're vigilant but make sure you get a good quality timer, with some headroom. My uncle's garage and half his house burned down from a faulty (and properly rated) timer. Took his '67 C10 with it.

Around here it's about 5-6¢/hr to have it plugged in.

 

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That's what I've done in the past. I'm sure you're vigilant but make sure you get a good quality timer, with some headroom. My uncle's garage and half his house burned down from a faulty (and properly rated) timer. Took his '67 C10 with it.

Around here it's about 5-6¢/hr to have it plugged in.
Thanks for the heads up.
The timer I'm using is the same one that I used for the pool filter. That pulled a lot.
 

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How many amps does the block heater pull? Sounds like a lot?
 
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How many amps does the block heater pull? Sounds like a lot?
Not much, it's labeled 400 watts. I'm not an electrician but at 120 volts that should be about 3.5 amps, somebody can correct me if I'm wrong. I've been trying to find my electric meter to plug in and see what it actually pulls but I seem to have misplaced it with all my 10 mm sockets
 

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Not much, it's labeled 400 watts. I'm not an electrician but at 120 volts that should be about 3.5 amps, somebody can correct me if I'm wrong. I've been trying to find my electric meter to plug in and see what it actually pulls but I seem to have misplaced it with all my 10 mm sockets
3.5 Amps is right and it will fluctuate +/- 0.1 Amp as it cycles. It heats up to 100* +/- 4* and turns off and on as needed.
 


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Installed the block heater in my diesel today. Simple job uh. Unscrew the block plug and screw in the block heater. Figure 45 minutes tops. Ehh 2 hrs later. I'm done. Got the old plug out with no problems. Start to thread the new block heater in. Didn't feel right. Took it back out and found the first 2 threads started the cross thread. Chased the threads and cleaned them up with a file. Put it back in and it seated. Torqued it to 75 ftlbs. That's where it felt like it bottomed out. Ran the power cord from the bumper back along the frame. Found hooks on the back of the bumper and on the frame for the power cord. It took just over a half gallon of anti-freeze.

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Thanks for this- installed my own heater today… have used it on 3 other Jeeps in the family too.

found mind to be a slight PIta… the aluminum heat shield above the plug had to be bent out of the way to get the socket to fit… no big deal- except it’s a pain to get Up there and bend…. Lol

also noted- these eco diesel blocks are a bit sandy…. Not ford powerstroke sandy…. But more than many other motors I have worked on.

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