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 02-21-2003, 21:33 Post: 49740
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Can anyone tell me where the block heater goes on my bx1800? I seem to have found a plug on the upper right side front of the engine, but I do not know if I am right or how to get it out.
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 02-22-2003, 07:36 Post: 49759
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There was a thread here not long ago where it turned out that a block heater was intended to be installed in a lower rad hose.

I imagine you got the block heater from a Kubota dealer and it's right for the 1800. The heater discussed came with instructions, and if your didn't maybe the dealer can help.

If it's intended to be installed in a freeze plug hole, I'd be certain it's the right heater and that you've identified a freeze plug. Most look sort of like flat bowls turned over and shoved into a hole. It might be good to have a new plug as backup because taking one out usually ruins it. Motors, Chilton and Haynes type auto manuals describe how to remove and install freeze plugs. The easiest way I've heard is to drill a hole in the centre of the plug for a self-tapping screw and then pull it out using a slide hammer.






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 02-22-2003, 08:59 Post: 49761
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Thanks Tom.
It did come with instructions, and based on what you are telling me, I found the right spot. I am a little leary of drilling into the plug to get it out. I will have to remove the muffler. If I could, I would love to use a magnetic one if it would do the job. I could return this one.






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 02-23-2003, 04:43 Post: 49803
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Richard: You might not need a heater at all depending on where you are. Newer diesel designs start much easier than old farm tractors--some old JD's even had a starter fluid injection system built onto the engine from the factory. Generally such things aren't needed now, and of course, ether should never be used in a diesel with a pre-heating system.

I tend not to use my block heater unless the temp is below 10F. It starts without a heater below that but I reason that a bit of warming is easier on the engine.

The thing about diesels is that the upper cylinder areas have to be hot before they'll start. A coolant heater gets some heat to upper engine areas while oil heaters such as magnetic types don't do much. Magnetic heaters mostly thin the oil, which isn't really necessary given newer split weight and synthetic oils. I do have several magnetic heaters that I put on the hydraulic oil sump when it gets really cold. They probably don't do much, and my multi--season hydraulic oil probably is what really does the job.






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 02-23-2003, 05:35 Post: 49804
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I am in Southern NY. This winter really has been an exception temperature wise.
I felt a block heater would reduce the strain on the engine at startup. It started real hard when it was 10 - 15 degrees, though it did start. I had to crank it a bit after letting the glow plug do its thing, and I saw a good amount of black smoke.
I think I don't need it, per se, but I am trying to reduce wear on the engine. I figured for $55 it was worth it. The install is tricky though.






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 02-23-2003, 06:39 Post: 49809
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Yes, 'better for the engine' is the main reason I use mine. When it gets real cold here (we've had a week of -30F lows recently) it seldom snows so fortunately there's little reason to start the tractor in those temperatures.

Myself, I've always hated working on anything to do with mufflers or exhaust manifolds so I understand. You might think about a heater that goes in a lower rad hose. I don't think they're as efficient as block heater types (but many make up for it by using larger wattage heaters. As long as the lower rad hose angles up from the rad to engine, heat will siphon up through the engine rather than the rad. However, these type heaters may not do much to warm the rear cylinders.






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 02-23-2003, 13:35 Post: 49831
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Richard, how far do you open the throttle on the cold morning starts?






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 02-23-2003, 21:41 Post: 49866
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I open it about half way. That is what is says in the manual.






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 02-23-2003, 23:04 Post: 49872
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Just wondered......... that's what I do on my BX. I am running synthetic oil, Shell Rotella at the moment, and it seems to fire right up, even after a 15 degree night.

BTW, my brother in Anchorage has had a Kubota for about ten years now. He uses battery blankets, magnetic heaters synthetic oils and a little heat tape, and he has not had a problem starting his tractor.






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 02-24-2003, 22:42 Post: 49941
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Mark:
What is the advantage of the synthetic? What weight do I use? I have never used synthetic in anything so I need some direction. Does it not gunk up in the cold?
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