look for a male plug end under the hood on the drivers side. on a cold nite, plug your Jeep in... dont forget to unplug before you drive away... it happens alot,,, people forget and they're dragging an extension cord down the street.
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IF there is a block heater (Only some models had block heaters) you will see the electrical plug wound up somewhere under the hood. Follow that wire back to where the block heater goes into the block. If your Saturn doesn't have a block heater, and you want one, there are several options. You can purchase a block heater that replaces the engine freeze plug. That requires installation by a qualified mechanic since the old freeze plug must be removed to use that style block heater. You can purchase an engine heater that fits inline with the coolant system. That just requires cutting a hose and splicing in the engine heater. You can purchase an engine heater that sticks magnetically to the engine while in use. Be careful with that model since you should remove it if it's hanging down from the bottom; it could become a hazard when you're driving.
If it has a 3 prong AC (120 volt) plug on the end of the cord, simply plug it in to a good AC source. Since the block heater is a heating element that is located in the coolant in the engine block it draws some current; the amount depends on the size of the heater element. You should only need it in very cold weather ie. below 20deg.F .
I ASSUME the block heater in a 2006 Ford Freestar would use ( 600 watts ) like my Ford Explorer 4.0 liter V6 engine does
The freeze plugs are located on the driver's side of the motor, behind the exhaust manifold tubes. There is also a freeze plug on the backside of the head against the firewall. This one would not be used for inserting the block heater, however.
I had one of these when I lived in Wyoming. A freeze plug in your engine block is replaced with a heater plug that keeps the block warm so your fluids don't freeze. There is what looks like an extension cord you use to plug the block heater into an outlet. I had a 25 foot cord I ran from my bedroom window to the plug hanging under my truck parked outside my apartment.
Rarely do you find a bleeder valve on the heater. If there is one, it will be located on the highest point of the heater core connections from the engine. You can bleed the heater by turning it to hot and starting the engine. Use the bleeder valves on the engine or remove the radiator cap and run the engine until no more air bubbles are escaping. This should bleed all air from the heater core.
It is located in the front of the vehicle. You can use the users manual or talk to a mechanic to get assistance.
There are several types but generally the best are either the in-line heater hose style or the freeze plug style. If you use the in-line heater hose style, just cut the heater hose, put the block heater in place then make sure the heater control is left on at night. If you use the freeze plug style you'll need to remove an existing freeze plug and put the block heater in it's place. The magnetic style block heaters are not recommended. They seem like a good idea but they're more trouble than they're worth.
There are different types of block heaters... Most common one is a freeze plug style heater. you have to remove a freeze plug and install the heater in its location. unfortunatly some engine blocks, such as Saturn engines, do not have freeze plugs. some vehicles have to use an external heater, where it mounts to the outside of the engine block, these heat from the outside of the engine to the inside, and are less effective. Another common one is installed in your radiator hose, simple to install and effective. other options are dipstick heaters, or magnetic oil pan heaters.
No need to plug the block heater in if your not going to use the RV. If you plan on using the RV just plug in the block heater the day or two before you want to use the RV.