Does anyone leave their block heater plugged in as the truck is warming up in the morning? Anyone know if this harms anything?
Dustin said:The manual states to unplug the coolant heater before starting the engine. Since it is a maxium operating temperature, it does no good to leave it plugged in. I can't imagine it being good on the charging system either.
Oldman said:Dustin said:The manual states to unplug the coolant heater before starting the engine. Since it is a maxium operating temperature, it does no good to leave it plugged in. I can't imagine it being good on the charging system either.
The charging system has nothing to do with the block heater unless you are using the truck to power your house/shop.
Yes, Before my D/A I had one on a 1989 Ford 7.3 diesel that had come down from Whitehorse, Yukon. I took a trip across Canada last fall and everywhere I stopped I would see if I could find one. Nobody had a clue. When I got back to Whitehorse I found a parts store that had a listing for them. They told me that 6 or 7 years ago the electric utility was just about giving them away as a power conservation measure so there wasn't much sales potential. He did say they could order and it was about $30 Canadian. When I traded my old truck I totally forgot to take it with me, kind of dumb on my part.RedWSO said:Has anyone heard about some power saver cord with the engine block heater?
CRUSHER said:Kennedy--Very good point! Do you have an opinion on oil additives such as LUCAS heavy duty oil stabilizer? I've used LUCAS in my class 8 diesels for years because IMHO it keeps oil from draining off vital parts while the engine is shut down. I hesitate to use oil additives in my MAX because it doesn't see the hard pull/use that road trucks do. Plus I change the oil in my MAX on a more frequent basis due to the smaller oil pan copacity(10 qts. vs. 44 qts.) and now that I'm semi-retired from road driving my DMAX doesn't sit for long periods of time.-----Phil