Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Decatur, IN
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Re: block heater replacement
No, your block heater will not short out. The heater element is insulated electrically- therefore nothing will interfere. If stray voltage would be leaking with the element plugged in, it could also be causing electrical problems on your truck , which does not happen.
THE only arguement that could be made is once the truck warms up, overheating of the element could result, but three reasons eliminate that:
a)diesels will not warm up properly idling
b)if you're driving it to warm it up, you have obviously disconnected the plug, either 'manually' or 'automatically'
c)the water pump would be circulating coolant, preventing excessive heat buildup in the element.
1994 Ford F250 4x4: 7.3L IDI factory turbo, supercab longbed, E4OD *DEAD*. ZF5 swap,Dana 60 swap, GM 14 bolt rear w/ 4.10s, 4" exhaust from stock downpipe back to a 5" stack, IP maxed=1100 degrees max pulling uphill, "modified" wastegate=11psi max,99+ F450SD cab/chassis leaf springs in rear
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