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Old 12-21-2005, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default Block Heater doesnt work.....

....And theres a good reason that it doesnt...(read story)
I pluger my car in the other night them went in for the night looking forward to the morning when I would get in a car that would have heat right away. Well it didnt work out that way, I got in the car started it up then want and unpluged it. Got back in only to find no heat So i thought ok so there is a liitle corotion on it and ill get it fixed at my friends shop, no biggy right? ...wrong!!!! we first checked the plug and notice the contacts were a little corrodid so i cleaned them and put a test light on it and it showed that there was still a problem. So we checked as much of the cable as we could from the top and found nothing wrong. So thhen we put it up on the hoist to see what we could see, and what so we see?.....NOTHING!!! i dont mean nothing wrong i mean nothing even resembling a block heater!! we looked and found the other end of the cable that we just cleand and inspected just dangling there attached to nothing.
I guess when the engine was replased 5 years ago (buy a previous owner) it didnt come with a block heated and the mecanics where to lazy to put the old one on the new engine
So now i have to spend more money and get a new block heater because this getting in a cold car every morning sucks big time
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Well at least your car has a block heater to begin with.

My car has none. It has really dumb crap like worthless daytime running lights and passenger climate control, but no heater block.

Just curious, how does the heater work? Is it like some kind of wire that wraps around the engine? Or just like a heater that is permanatley immersed in the oil?
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Well at least your car has a block heater to begin with.

My car has none. It has really dumb crap like worthless daytime running lights and passenger climate control, but no heater block.
Well at least you knew you didnt have one i was tricked into beleaving i did and pluged it in and got my hopes up for nothing
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A block heater takes the place of a frost plug and allows you to plug your car in and using electrical current, heat up a piece of copper (i think?) in the coolant to promote better starting and quicker heat in the winter. Some block heaters use a magnet and you stick it directly onto the oil pan, or some go in-line in a heater hose between the radiator and the engine.
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