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Old 08-14-2010, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Engine Block Heater Cord

I currently have a '07 6.0 w/o the engine block heater cord. I have read that the engine block heater is actually installed from the factory on the truck however without the cord. I am currently looking to purchase the cord so I can keep the truck warm for the few weeks a year that it actually gets cold up here in the GA/NC mountains. I have looked around a little bit and found different cords and I am in favor of one for $75 since it is identical to the ones that come on the truck from the factory. Anyone with some experience with this issue on a good deal without sacrificing quality would be of great help. Thanks.
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Yes the heater itself is already in the engine, passenger side above the starter. If you search around and you will find detailed instructions of how to install the cord. $75 is many times too much money... It is the same cord used for the Dodge Cummins as well as Detroit Diesel and so on. So if you have a truck shop, farm store or heavy equipment shop near by they will have the cord in stock. I got mine from a Volvo/White truck dealer for $16 plus get two packages of 3/8 loom from walmart and a roll of electrical tape. Put it together (wire into loom and tape whole length) and install the wire according to this web page (the orange plug is the block heater end of the cord and the thing below it is the starter which is on the passenger side of the truck). http://www.forddoctorsdts.com/articl...icle-05-20.php You can also get the cord off ebay.

If you have the 6.4 (which you don't but this is for anybody who may find this post via search) you will do the same but zip tie it to the battery cable coming from the starter up to the front of the truck, then to the trans oil cooler lines then through the space in the bumper for the tow hook. Total install time 15min tops and total cost about $20.
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Much appreciated..
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No problem but you probably don't need it. Most don't use it until it gets into the 20s and i don't use mine unless it is going to be very low 20s into the teens. You do want to get yourself a heavy duty (12ga) extension cord and a 15amp appliance timer. The heater does not need to run more then 3 hrs so set the timer to go on 3hrs before you leave. I usually do 3hr for the teens, 2hr for the mid 20s and don't run it in the 30s. Now if global warming really kicks in and you see steady temps in sub zeros then i would let it run longer if not all of the time. It will not hurt anything but your electric bill to run it all of the time.
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The ZeroStart part number is 3600008 its a 6 foot cord. I switched my 7.3 to 5w40 synthetic to make the cold weather starts easier and I love it so far!
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After some research of various part#'s and prices etc. I decided on this:Block heater kit 2003-2010 Ford Powerstroke 6.0L Diesel: eBay Motors (item 180574085884 end time Nov-12-10 06:57:13 PST)

Kats is the OEM manufacturer and this was the cheapest way I found to get the cord. I didn't want the O'rielly or any other all purpose cord as I really like the sealing of the OEM cord with the retaining nut.

It's still pricey for just the cord but much cheaper than my dealer (102.00) or even the International parts dept (75.00) plus I have an extra element.

Just my $.02
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Kats # 28216(78064) is the replacement cord, doesn't have the cover cap on the plug end like OEM, but does have the screw down nut. $20

OR Kats #30513(79781) complete block heater with Cord $50.

Local Carquest or anyone who deals Kats heater can get them
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i live in pa. my truck never gets plugged in. i doubt you will need to plug your truck in. it is your truck and your electric bill so of course your choice. i would put the plug on the truck while its warm out just in case you ever decide to use it or realy need it.

i use full syn 5w40 rotella. no issues in cold starts or snow storms and snow blowing over truck all night then starting.
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I dont know about a 6.0 but I just put a block heater cord on my 2010 6.4 last weekend. I bought the part from the International truck dealer for about 19/20 dollars inc. tax and then followed the directions that rock doctor posted. Although he did not use any heat tape on his install and I wraped my wire loom in it. I most likely did not need it as the way he suggests running the wire looks like it is well protected its just something I wanted to do for a little better piece of mind.(I dont even know if the o.e.m .part has it on ?) I got the cool tape at the auto parts store it is suppose do be good for 1500 degrees. The install is very simple as rock doctor states but you do need to make sure you plug it in with a cord that can safley handle the elec. draw and I have also heard of people hooking through timers to come on about 3 hrs. before you plan to start the truck this is a great idea but make sure the timer you use is rated for the current draw as well. You should not have any problem doing this yourself, beleve me if I can do this anybody can.
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Not sure what the lows get to in the GA/NC mountains. My guess is not much below 32 F, if even that low. You really won't need a heater.

Claw444, is correct. A good synthetic will get you good cold starting. Especially a 5W-40 oil. Our 15W-40 even remains fluid down to -44 F. (that's 44 degrees below zero).

If I can help anyone with a wholesale price quote, let me know how I can help.
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I lived just south of ATL,GA we saw temps low to mid 20's.Hec this year in jan and feb. we saw high 20's in the panhandle of Florida i guess global warming
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Who has the actual CASE part number? None of my local dealers can find it without a tractor number or actual CASE part number.
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here just the cord for $17.

Ford Powerstroke Diesel Block Heater Cord 6.0 6.4 New - eBay (item 150528948149 end time Dec-08-10 21:09:05 PST)
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My 6.0 has had no trouble starting in the teens, even with dino oil. With synthetic, I doubt it would be a problem unless the temps were in single digits.

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I have done sub zero's with out being plugged in. It romps for a few seconds and then levels out to a nice idle.
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