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 09-23-2003, 08:30 Post: 64630
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 Installing block heater

Picked up a block heater from my TC33D. I have to pull one of the freeze plugs to install it. Anybody had any experience with this that could give me some pointers on getting the plug out?






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 09-23-2003, 09:00 Post: 64633
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Last time I did one (on a gas engine) there was a lot of prying, puncturing and a few bad words. It came out in pieces but it did come out.

They are much easier to install than they are to remove.

Might actually be a bit easier on a tractor because of the removable access panels on the engine.

I would start with a sharpened flat screwdriver to punch a keyhole to pry with later. If it starts to recede into the block you may have to resort to a drill and maybe a big self tapping sheet metal screw that you can then use to extract the plug.






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 09-23-2003, 11:35 Post: 64647
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 Installing block heater

I'd say what Mark told you is about right but here's a couple of little notes to go with to. Look at the block and find a drain plug for coolant, do this when engine is cold so not to get burned. Make sure when you insert the heater that it is not against the engine block on the inside.






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 09-23-2003, 14:50 Post: 64657
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 Installing block heater

I put one in my TC33D last winter it took about 15min the directions were very good. The hardest thing was routing the plug wire so it did not get tangled. I pulled the plug out with a screwdriver and a needle nose plier.






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Thanks for the hints. I'll undertake the project in a few days.






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Freeze plugs came out fine and installation was a snap. 15 minutes tops.






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Nothing like an easy job that turns out to really be easy. I've ruined 'easy' enough times to know the good feeling.

When using the heater, if it's going to be run from a GFI outlet, it's good to monitor it a few times. Mine has popped a before, which is another way to ruin 'easy.' Fortunately, my Ford doesn't really need a block heater most of the time and then it really only needs a couple hours of it. I use it mostly because I think it's better for the engine. As near as I can figure, when the GFI has popped, it's likely due to slush with highway salt in it or something conductive laying against the tractor. My wife popped the GFI for her car's heater by parking with the bumper in some snow.






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 09-27-2003, 09:12 Post: 64969
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That block heater is REAL nice when even if it is not that cold. I plug my Cummins in an hour or two before I start it and it eliminates the the cycling of the intake grid heaters and oil pressure does not remain so high for as long due to the fast warm up. It is just alot easier on the entire system from the batteries on to the engine. Not to mention that the operator gets heat alot faster too.






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 09-27-2003, 20:39 Post: 64991
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I used to work for a company that makes block heaters. Most of them ar 600 watts & like Art said, you don't want the element to touch the block because it reduces the heat transfer to the coolant and can cause leaks because of the heater not being seated correctly. The best way to get a core plug out is to go to one "side" of the circle and pound it in so the plug spins like a globe. they you ca grab it with a pair of pliers or channellocks and pull it right out






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 10-15-2003, 20:32 Post: 66332
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there is a magnet one that works well,,If I remember correctly,I was tolk it is about $60.00,,I didnt need it last winter,,and it wes BURR cold






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