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Engine block heater

Postby SledNeck Chevy [OP] » Feb 03 2013, 8:42pm

i have a 2004 silverado and its cold as hell up here in MN during the winter. Im sick of having to run outside in the morning to start my truck before school so she can warm up. Any help with locating the engine block heater? Thanks
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Re: Engine block heater

Postby allterrainjoe » Feb 03 2013, 8:47pm

big orange plug by the front of the engine compartment...
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Re: Engine block heater

Postby justlkn » Feb 03 2013, 8:58pm

I would start with looking in your glove box and seeing if you have the K05 or in some cases KD5 RPO code on your build option sticker and if you do then look on the passenger side of the motor down deep. If you have never used it they are usually zip tied close in the motor. If you don't have the code then chances are you don't have one unless it was installed after market.
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Re: Engine block heater

Postby allterrainjoe » Feb 03 2013, 9:01pm

Good point I assumed he already knew he had one....
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Re: Engine block heater

Postby Dmanj » Feb 03 2013, 9:11pm

You're still going to have to run outside and start it up if you want the truck to be warm when you get in. It's been between -25C and -35C (before wind chill) here this past week and my truck runs for 10min every morning before I go to school. Even then, its still cold inside when I get in.
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Re: Engine block heater

Postby SledNeck800 » Feb 03 2013, 9:25pm

Remote start! :D
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Re: Engine block heater

Postby mabinogeon » Feb 04 2013, 7:51pm

I have an aftermarket ZeroStart heater on my '00 5.3. It screws into the coolant drain plug on the rear driver's side of the engine block. A little above and forward of the oil filter. I have it on a timer to run for 4 hour before I leave for work, and it still takes a while for the truck to heat up.

The problem with non-circulation style heaters is that they only heat up a relatively small area of the engine/small volume of coolant. A circulating tank heater does just that, it circulates and heats up all the coolant in the engine.
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Re: Engine block heater

Postby dad2bandm » Feb 05 2013, 5:39pm

I agree...remote start! It's awesome. :-)

I have an '07 Sierra, and I guess the previous owner had never used the engine block heater, as it was still zip-tied together, down in the engine compartment, near the bottom of the rad (on the driver side). The "orange" plug-end, was easy to spot.
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Re: Engine block heater

Postby MOS95B » Feb 05 2013, 5:48pm

I've contemplated a remote start, but I've let my truck idle for 10-15 minutes before, and it still doesn't get "warm" until I've been driving for a few minutes. Seems like my truck just doesn't want to warm up unless it's under load (as it were)
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