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Plug-in time

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by Vern, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. Vern

    Vern Full Access Member

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    Is anyone else hesitant to leave a 800ish watt block heater plugged in for extened times or over-night, say?
     
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    Nope. I've left mine plugged in over night. I grew up in Alaska where leaving the vehicles plugged in overnight was the norm.
     
  3. chillman88

    chillman88 Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Mine's been plugged in all week and it's been hovering around 30 degrees here, didn't give me a lick of trouble. (Had mostly water in it, didn't want it to freeze)
     
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  4. frankenwrench

    frankenwrench overkill is under rated!

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    Live here in tx. Don't even need the block heater. Lol. But to get to work wen my glow plugs were bad I left it plugged in overnight every night and leave it plugged in all weekend that I don't use the truck.
     
  5. Vern

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    Thanks for the reassurances. I did have one that would over heat it and super pressurize things to the point of seeping coolant. might just have been oversized for the little 4.cyl. Time to get over the fear since I've had no issue thus far.
     
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    I got 2 block heaters on mine and it's been plugged in for like 3 days because I was going to use it and haven't unplugged I yet also use a good heavy gauge cord because a light gauge cord will heat up and possibly cause a fire
     
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    You will know it’s working when all the street lights on your block dim..
     
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    Or you get that power bill
     
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  10. frankenwrench

    frankenwrench overkill is under rated!

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    Unless ur a cheepskate like me and run half your high draw off a decent size gen and still make ur own "corn gas"
     
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    I am on genny half of the time, Frank. Kilowatt hours on dino get pricey! -4F overnight and two hours plugged seems to be sufficient
     
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    i have heard about the 6.9 block cracking around the area of the heater or was it the 7.3 can't remember
     
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    Early 6.9 blocks had the cracking issue
     
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    Clb Another old truck Supporting Member

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    Cobblerfabbed unit in a non factory setting=yes
     

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