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Engine Block Heater

Postby adamczak66 [OP] » Dec 13 2011, 3:47pm

Hello, my first post on this forum. I just bought a new 2011 Silverado with the 5.3 L and it has the engine block heater. My question is; how do I know if the block heater is working? My last truck I could hear it sizzling after it was plugged in for a bit. I'm not sure if it's working or if I'm going deaf but it's silent. Thanks for the help. Mike
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Postby starspangled6.0 » Dec 13 2011, 3:54pm

Is there any change in the water temps when you plug it in? I've never used one, but I would think that it would cause the engine to warm up much faster after a cold start.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Postby jepics » Dec 13 2011, 3:57pm

Here's what I would do:
Start with a cold engine. Plug in the heater. After it's plugged in for a half hour, put your hand in the area where the heater is mounted, and if it's warmer than the ambient temperature around on other metal parts not directly connected to the engine block, that'd be a pretty good sign it is working.

Of course, you could go all high-tech and use a thermometer, but probably not needed.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Postby tsduke » Dec 13 2011, 4:04pm

According to the manual the heater on our 2011 Equinox said it didn't even kick on until 0 degrees F.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Postby adamczak66 [OP] » Dec 13 2011, 4:34pm

Thanks to TSDUKE I went to the manual and here is what it said:
Engine Coolant Heater
The engine heater can provide
easier starting and better fuel
economy during engine warm-up
in cold weather conditions at or
below −18°C (0°F). Vehicles with an
engine heater should be plugged in
at least four hours before starting.
An internal thermostat in the
plug-end of the cord may exist
which will prevent engine coolant
heater operation at temperatures
above −18°C (0°F).
If the vehicle has a diesel engine,
see the Duramax Diesel supplement
for more information.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Postby tsduke » Dec 13 2011, 4:38pm

I'm sure the engineers had their reasoning, but I wish they kicked in around freezing. −18°C (0°F) seems on the cold side.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Postby davidbarrett » Dec 13 2011, 4:45pm

Hello Mike, welcome to the site. I am glad you found the answer to your query
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Postby adamczak66 [OP] » Dec 13 2011, 4:46pm

Thanks David...I'm loving this site. I can't get off of it.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Postby Glens09 » Dec 16 2011, 11:38pm

Had the exact same issue on my 2009. The good folks at my local dealer weren't very informative. But having some sort of electronic monitor at the plug end does answer why a new cord will set you back $150. or so.
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Re: Engine Block Heater

Postby Salsa » Dec 17 2011, 12:17am

Went I wwent to the dealer they told me it only kicked it at -18C temps, I was like WTF!

The serviuce guy told me "I can't do this, or tell you this, but if you cut the sensor at the end of the wire (near the plug) and put a new plug in, then it will work at any temperature you it to."


So if you want, cut the plug and sensor, put a new plug in and bingo an efficient block heater!
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