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Old 01-03-2005, 01:20 PM
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Next time I will hard wire (solder) the Ground tap...

from the cord to the heater, because as time goes on the heater gets tarnish and the connection goes bad.
I do this a lot on my connectors on both my Volvo and Mercedes..

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Old 01-03-2005, 05:08 PM
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are block heater normally installed in older models too? I'm wanting to put one in my 83 300D. Where is the element located or where would I have to install it? In a freeze plug?
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:17 PM
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there is a threaded hole in the block above the starter which the block heater can be screwed into. "All" you have to do first is remove the threaded plug
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:19 PM
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thanks for the reply. I'm "on the hunt".
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:55 PM
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Needed some blue wrench, right? I just learned that my '85 300TD doesn't have a Block Heater. My '79 does and I wish I had driven it to Texas and back, it was pretty rough starting one day last week when it was down to 25 degrees. I tried once to install a BH in a W123 300D, I had a big hex wrench in the plug and with a long extension pipe I was able to lift the engine up off the mounts (including tranny) but it never broke free. I figured it wasn't worth busting my back in order to install a heater I probably never needed. What a job! OTOH if I lived in colder climates I would have gone for the torch. Still, a terrible job! I am happy that MB is installing them at the factory now, have one in my '87 300D in case I ever drive back in the cold belt.....Brrrrrrrr!
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:35 PM
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I would almost say don't even try this job without the following:

-A good allen wrench (19mm) and a cheater bar (lenthen's the handle lenght of the allen wrench
-A reasonably hot torch
-Perhaps some ice?
-A BFH (Big f'in hammer)
-Perhaps some penetrating lube.

When you put the heater and adapter in, do us a favor and put a dab of anti-seeze on it
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:41 PM
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When in doubt, just call or email to Phil. He's superbly responsive, and the price is always competitive, IMHO.

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I would advise against using Phil under certain CIRCUMCISIONS tho.

Mainly when it is a prophylactic part order. For instance, if I think one of the 5 hoses is leaking and so I order all 5. Well, I am a cheap bastard and if I can get away with changing 3, I will return the other two. It would probably cause more problems to do than going to your local shop and buying all 5 and later returning 2. Not sure what his take on it is but I would think it would be an inconvenience for him.
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Old 01-03-2005, 08:52 PM
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lube that sucker !!!

I'd put some grease on/in the connector at the block heater-mine was getting a little corroded looking (%$#! road salt!); I'd be tempted to anti-seize the element if I ever had to take it out.
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Thanks again for this document!

It has been two years since you put it up, but it is still helping people out. I looked up and thought I saw the plug cover, but after doing a quick search, finding your thread, then reading/looking I was sure that I was in the right spot.

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Old 03-22-2007, 12:07 PM
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Bump and a little info.

From what I just read on another thread there is a good reason for the different prices on the cords.
$70 at the MB dealer - extra heavy wire, with heat shielding insulation, with retaining screws.
$32 at the MB dealer - heavy wire, no heat shield insulation, with retaining screws.
$14 from fastlane - regular wire, no heat shield insulation, no retaining screws.

I have the one from fastlane and it works fine for me. If I was going to do it again the only change I would make would be to put some silicone sealant around the plug to seal out junk and help act as a retaining screw.

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Old 03-22-2007, 11:26 PM
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Here is the cord with the retaining ring, insulation and plug cover. I didn't get it from the dealer.

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Old 03-22-2007, 11:31 PM
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Here it is installed.
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:33 PM
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I wire tied mine as well.
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:39 PM
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All done.
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:42 PM
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Mine had quite a bit of corrosion after 20 years. I sprayed it out with brake cleaner and let it dry before I hooked it up. How did I know if it worked? I could here it running almost as soon as I plugged it in.

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