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Old 12-08-2017
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Here's a question for ya ( OK , maybe a dumb one ). You plug in your block heater on those cold nights ........but how do you know its working ? I ask because I had truck plugged up last night ( sometimes it's cold enough in Texas ) but it seemed to take a long time for the wait to start light to go off this morning. Is there a way to test it ?
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I put my hand on the exhaust ports before starting the engine when I first started plugging in. They were warm so I think the engine heater is working. When I unplug the extension cord in the dark, I see a small electrical flash now. After running a minute, I can feel warm air out the vents too. I have the block heater come on for 3 hours before leaving for work.
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I plug mine up when I get home from work and unplug it from the garage outlet. First thing in the morning I step into the garage and plug up the extension cord for the truck. Ten minutes before lift off I start and idle the truck with the transmission in fifth and the transfer case in neutral......warms the engine better due to the resistance of the gearbox oil and warms the gearbox oil
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When I plug mine in, I stand there quietly for a few seconds (30? maybe) and you can hear the heater working ... kind of like an electric tea pot.
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I have mine on a timer, 3 hrs before I get up. The extension cords end lights up showing that there is power going to it.
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Cloudy & 22F this morning.
Hauled dirt today & got cut off around noon.
I hope it warms up tomorrow, I can get in a coupla hours working on one of the other truck's exhaust stack bracket.
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Thank you guys
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I installed a block heater in one of my skidsteers last weekend actually, and we are hovering around 0 this past week, so I plugged it in yesterday for a few hours, ...I felt the valve covers and they were warm as toast, started right up too.
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As Greg mentioned after a few seconds of plugging mine in I hear a noise coming from around the engine, sounds like a water moving...but is quite faint and would not be heard if a car is driving by, dog barking, etc.
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