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Old 03-08-2005, 08:05 AM
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Is there an ideal length of time to plug in the block heater?

1 hr

2 hrs

3 hrs?????

temperature dependent?
after about 200,000 miles on a new or rebuilt engine.
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:19 AM
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Does anyone know how many watts the block heater consumes?
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:28 AM
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Athens, GA gets a handful of below freezing days, believe it or not. Recently, it has been close to 70 only to get back into the 20's a few days later. My car starts much better if I plug it in for a couple of hours on colder mornings.
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Hard starting in the 20's?

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My car starts much better if I plug it in for a couple of hours on colder mornings
Sounds like you have a weak glow plug or two. It's worth checking if you have not done so yet. My 85 SD idles *so much better* when cold with a new set of plugs. I have no problems starting it with temps in the low 20's, the coldest we have seen here this winter, and there is little smoking now. With 3 bad GP's, anything below 50 deg. F required extended cranking and the car blew a noxious cloud of smoke out the back every morning.
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