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 10-16-2002, 19:40 Post: 43893
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 Installing Block Heater

I have a 4500 and want to install a block heater. Dealer wants around $200 to purchase and install and I would rather install myself (yea, my wife calls me cheap too!) I am very capable of doing it but not sure of which plug would be best to knock out. Any possibility of using the threaded drain plug in block? Thanks for the help!






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 10-16-2002, 21:06 Post: 43900
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The block heater uses the threaded plug on 4300 & 4400 blocks.






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 10-17-2002, 06:32 Post: 43908
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Should be an extremely easy job. Take you about 15 minutes max.






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 10-17-2002, 07:18 Post: 43914
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Do I need to get the block heater from dealer or can I opt for aftermarket???






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 10-17-2002, 07:28 Post: 43915
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 Installing Block Heater

One of the things block heaters do is keep the cylinder walls warm, which is good for all sorts of reasons. I don't know if there's an issue here and one freeze plug would be better than other. Normal circulation of coolant around a heated element probably would keep the temperature fairly even.

I don't think the diameter of the block drain plug on my Ford is anywhere large enough to accommodate the block heater that's on the tractor. From what Dana said, it seems like it does work for 43/4400's but the heater would have to have a plug that screws into the drain port.

I recently changed the coolant as recommended every two years. I'm not sure that I'd like to remove a block heater in order to change coolant. Suppose I could do a less adequate job without using the block drain though.






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 10-17-2002, 09:17 Post: 43918
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They are pretty cheap and seem to be very low tech. Got mine from Deere but have seen them elsewhere for about the same price.






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