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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A block heater is a device one would use to heat the engine of a car in extremely cold weather. The block heater can be mains generated or will run on the fuel source of your vehicle.
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 .
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.
I ASSUME the block heater in a 2006 Ford Freestar would use ( 600 watts ) like my Ford Explorer 4.0 liter V6 engine does
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.
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.
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.
Locate the block heater. Drain out the coolant from the rad and from the block if there is a drain there. There should be a screw in the center of the block heater. Unscrew it to loosen the block heater internal clamp. Use a pair of pliers and wiggle it free. As long as it is not plugged in, there should be no worry of damage. It is sealed with an o-ring.The element will have to be worked out as it goes into the block along the side.
A car heater taps off engine heat. If you aren't driving, then the engine is cold and there's no heat for the car heater to use.
Find the block heater and look for the nameplate on it. It will be in watts. Use the following equation to find the amperage that it draws. Amps = Watts/Volts. The voltage to use for the truck will be 12 volts.
Yes , but using a timer that turns the block heater on for 3 or 4 hours before you are going to use the vehicle saves on the electricity costs
A 2008 Jeep Wrangler uses 5W20 engine oil.
To answer your question, the following text is taken from the 2006 Ford F-Series Super Duty Owners Guide: "Use of an engine block heater is stringly recommended if you live in a region where temperatures reach -10F (-23C) or below. For best results, plug the heater in at least three hours before starting the vehicle. The heater can be plugged in the night before starting the vehicle. The plug for the block heater is exposed in the front of the vehicle, beneath the grill. Vehicles equipped with a gasoline engine have the plug exposed on the drivers side of the vehicle; vehicles equipped with a Diesel engine have the plug exposed on the passenger side of the vehicle." The plug is a three prong grounded plug with a water-resistant rubber cap on the end of it. Ford strongly recommends in order to reduce the risk of electrical shock, do not use your heater with ungrounded electrical systems or two pronged (cheater) adapters.
1150 watt, 10A
I don't know in years but you can leave it plugged in for over the winter and it be fine. Just make sure you use a three prong extension cord when plugging it in. The block heater should be a three prong plug as well.
The thermostat could be stuck closed. the heater core could also be plugged or the door closes when you use ac and opens when you use the heater may not operate.