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2/08/2002
19:15:36

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Does anyone have the factory engine block heater on there 4.7 Dak ?
And if so how long does it have to be plugged in before it warms the engine.
I know the time will depend on the ambient air temperature but I just want to get a general idea.



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2/09/2002
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I do on my 2002 4.7L.

In 20 degree weather, only like 3 hours, but I havn't really tested it.

Just dont leave it on overnight, that just wastes power and wears out your block heater faster. I've found them to be some pretty damn decent block heaters for $35 (I think that's what the cost was anyways).

2-3 Hours is about average.



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2/10/2002
03:52:04

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I have one in my 2001. I leave mine on for a couple of hours and it seems about right.

Gary F
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2/12/2002
22:25:52

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I have EXTENSIVE experience with block heaters over the years here in Vermont. It sure is nice to start the engine and have some warm air coming from the vents soon afterwards. (not to mention that the ENGINE LIFE is drastically increased.)

I usually only use a block heater when the outside temp is below 0F. A 12 or 10 gauge xtension cord with a "indicator lite" molded into the end is the best choice. (Sears) Using a smaller gauge xtension will simply loose the current in the wire and reduce the effectivness of the heater.

I also use a heavy-duty outdoor timer that comes on about 2-3 hours before I will be starting the engine.

xplikt above is correct... the "risk" of leaving it on for too long lies in using copious amounts of electricty and eventually burning out the heater.... again, from experience with my 1st engine heater many years ago... I used to plug it in when I got home from work every night. It lasted about 1.5 winters before it stopped heating.

I also place a sheet of carboard over about 2/3ds of the radiator while the outside temps are below 0F. The heater throws much more heat inside the cab that way. Just open the hood and slide the cardboard in front of the radiator then close the hood. (This also protects the radiator from road salt that corrodes the radiator fins into dust)





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1/04/2005
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I need to install a block heater in 04 dodge dak 4.7 engine, what side and what frost plug does it go. thanks.



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1/26/2005
16:17:58

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I have a 2002 Ram with 4.7 v-8 where can i get a heater for engine and can i put it on myself?
Thanks Bob



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1/26/2005
20:20:52

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I bought a block heater from the dealer for ~$35 I think.

Goes in the rear-most passenger side freeze plug (included 'instructions' tell you this). Block drain is just forward of the same freeze plug.

I ran my cord up along the brake lines (I think) and eventually just inside the passenger fog light tucked neatly away in the lower grille.



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11/01/2005
22:16:40

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I have a 1999 dodge ram w/ a 5.9 V8and I am moving to Omaha Nebraska. Do I need to put one of these block heaters on my truck or is it just a luxury to have instant heat when you get in the vehicle. What are the long term benefits to having a block heater on my truck?



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11/02/2005
08:48:24

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I have a 5.9L to and was wondering where the best place to get one is?





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11/03/2005
00:15:40

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Hey there Jalon:
Guess you have not required a block heater before.
Well, I live in Ontario, Canada, and have lived where the temp was 40 below at night and 30 below in the daytime. The engine block heater is designed to stop the engine oil from turning to jelly at these temps. It does not generally add heat to the cab at that temp, as the engine needs all the heat it can get just to start up.
I agree with Bruce P about 0 degrees and colder, and for a limited time. At zero, even half hour will help. At 40 below, four hours. At that temp, start up in neutral too so the tranny will circulate some fluid.
Does it get that cold in Nebraska? If not, just have at least 50% antifreeze in your cooling system, but no more than 70%.



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11/03/2005
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There is a better way and so simple to install > It is a rubber type heat pad that goes on the bottom of your oil pan with silicon type heat resistant glue in a tube sold most anywhere > Just let it dry over night and your set > Run the cord up through your grill > These things are fantastic > They heat the oil first pretty much up to running temp and that heat works it's way up into the engine nicely > They come in many sizes > The one I use Is about 4 by 6 inches in size and rated 5 to 13 Quarts > It does a great job and this size runs about 50 bucks > I had probleme with the freeze plug ones eating out the metal bases they have (THIN METAL) And leaking > You use heater a lot in MONTANA WINTERS



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11/03/2005
02:27:21

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Forgot >> If your interested in one of these just type in search > ENGINE OIL PAN HEATERS > There are many companies making these now



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1/04/2007
18:10:40

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ChooChoo
Remember -40oC is colder than 20oF so every one should take that into consideration.
Actually -40oC is equal to -40oF.
Celcius is colder so we plug in our trucks for longer. Probably double. And at times it's better to leave it plugged in all night.
Just my .02$.
Take it or leave it.

By the way , last year in Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada it reached -53oC with the windchill factor so I left my truck plugged in for a week solid when I was in mexico.


Cheers from Winterpeg ;)



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1/04/2007
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1/05/2007
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1/05/2007
19:19:00

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Mikey where do you live Ice Station Zebra??? -50C is what i'd call friggin chilly I'm in New Jersey and these people complain about no heat in 30degree temps you would not believe how many customers think their cars should have instant heat. they are really spoiled about having to do so little in the winter time here to keep their cars running.



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1/12/2007
15:03:02

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I've got a 05 Dakota 4.7l, V8. I have two power cord plugs (male) coming from either side of the front of the engine. I'm looking for the block heater and the owner's manual says the heater cord is located "at the right front of the engine compartment". Now is this my right standing in front or my right while seated in the truck??

Also, what would the other cord be for, battery heater? Thanks.



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1/13/2007
00:33:21

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Guys.... 50 below wind chill may be 10/20/30 below depending how hard it blows. The real deal is the Dakota doesn't care about wind chill. Nor does anything else that isn't a living breathing thing of some sort. Yup. only living things are effected by wind chill. Far as the truck is concerned, the real temperature is all it sees



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1/15/2007
18:51:21

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left and right is always referenced "while seated in the truck"



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1/15/2007
20:15:20

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Sam

Block heater coard is on the passenger side.
The other one could be a Battery blanket,in car warmer , or an oil pan heater. Check your oilpan to see if there is a pad stuck to the bottom.






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