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'99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain Discussion of the '99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engine and drivetrain in the 1999-Up Super Duty trucks and Excursions. No gas engine discussion allowed except on transmissions and drivetrain that pertain to all models. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are specific to the 7.3L Power Stroke engine.

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My last truck (stolen) had a block heater with the cord dangling inside front bumper. New 7.3 I don't think, has one. Been under the hood plenty and never seen the cord. Originally an AZ truck then to Utah now back to AZ. Would they not install one from factory when ordered and destination a warm climate? Someone know anything about this?
A lot of the truck came with the cord no matter where it was purchased at as new.

Take a look at the oil filter header and see if the cord is coming off of the heater element right above the filter. If not all you would still need is just the cord.

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As Bugman suggested above:
A photo of the block heater location and the orange factory cord. The cord easily unplugs from the element once you open spring clip and you can test the two prongs of the element for resistance while still installed.

If you ever have time, could you post a thread on how your truck was stolen? How they got in, etc..

It is one of the fears that I can never fully shake...Lol
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2002 F-250 4x4 SC LB 7.3 PSD w/ZF-6. 177,000 miles.
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Started right up yesterday morning with no smoke. I've seen that thick orange wire, so it's there. I'll have to trace it and see if i can find the plug end.

A.D., it was a 2001 7.3 psd sitting in my driveway when it was stolen overnight. They picked there way in is all I know because they put it up on blocks in the middle of the Indian Reservation and torched it. The fire was so hot it burned anything that wasn't thick steel. They took off the brush guard, all 4 Fuel wheels and Toyo's and I'm sure anything else they could find. All of my baseball equipment (including my 9 yr old twin boys equip.) was in the bed along with all my tools. Really too much to add. It was a relatively valuable truck.

Some tips to all...I put on my, new to me, 7.3 a Revelco which is an advanced kill switch for the vehicle theft pro's, an alarm for the rookies and a club on the steering wheel as a deterrent.

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My truck was stolen twice so far.
First time I was in Fresno with my wife visiting my parents when I got a call on Christmas morning telling me that a bunch of drug dealers were in my house smashing up the place. We immediately left for home, and when we got there, the drug dealers were no longer in the house, but my truck was missing from my driveway. I called the police, and they told me that they had immediately pulled over the truck. They said that three drug dealers had been using the truck all week to deliver drugs, and that they had an unmarked police car following it the entire time. The police gave me a ride to where the truck was pulled over, and I was able to recover the truck. The drug dealers had used a screw driver and hammer to break the ignition lock. I don't know how they got into the truck.

The second time, I had taken the train to work, and had parked the truck in front of the train station. When I got back from work, there was nothing in the parking space where I had parked except a pile of broken glass. I talked with the security guards, and they said that they had neither seen nor heard anything, except that they had also seen the pile of broken glass in the parking lot. I reported the theft to the police, and they were able to recover the stolen truck, minus the $3000 worth of tools and other items that I had in the truck. The thief had broken the driver's side window in order to get into the truck.

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Recently saw some ads for a metal piece that you bolt to the door handle inside the door. Apparently it is very easy to get into these trucks using a screwdriver inserted under the door handle. Hers a link to a solution,%20103000.htm

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I've got the jimmijammers, but it won't prevent a broken window...I guess I've been lucky for 17 years so far.

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