Originally Posted by DarthRam
In the colder states (Like Minnesota) it is very common to have a block heater on a vehicle. It is hard to find one without it. With that being said mine did not come with a block heater. Mopar has them as an option as well as add on. The design (In older vehicles) is supposed to have the end of the chord be able to reach the front of the grill so you don't need to open the hood. Since vehicles today are not designed with big gaps in the grill they are kept in the engine bay.
The main idea is to keep the oil from getting too thick in very low temps. You can actually buy aftermarket dip stick heaters that will replace the oil dip stick. These are a pain in the ass because the last thing I want to do when it is cold enough to plug a vehicle in is open the hood and swap dip sticks. No giggling!
To the OP. I would buy a length electric chord from Home Depot that you can get by the foot. Figure out what you will need to get from the plug in the engine bay to the grill. I would also get screw on male and female plug ends. I would feed the wire through the grill and then attach the plug end after you feed it through so it sticks out the front of the grill of the truck. Then when it gets warm remove it for next winter. You will have a plug hanging out the front of your truck but if you have spent any time in cold weather you know it is function over form. Also, see if you can get some kind of all weather cover to protect the plug.
I know this goes without being said BUT I am going to say it anyway. Make sure you route the chord away from moving engine parts. Common sense is so rare it is almost a super power.
DarthRam thanks for the reply...and while I know this is the usual whine but my thing is that I paid a crap load of money for this truck and I shouldn't have to run to home depot to make it work they way it should... but yes...logic tells me that this is the route to go; failing having the dealership fix it.
There's a lot of things in life that I don't mine tinkering with but AC electrical is a big no no for me...truck would catch fire first night
But that being said..."Make sure you route the chord away from moving engine parts. Common sense is so rare it is almost a super power." made me laugh pretty hard....well said...well said
I just fired off an email to Chrysler Canada....I'll post back on here what was said...