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Old 11-28-2010, 01:12 PM
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I've noticed here recently that there has been quite a few discussions on engine block heaters . Just a little heads up to those of us who don't have a block heater and would like to consider doing one for themselves . I work at a plant where we have a couple of emergency backup systems (backup power and fire pump systems) . They are designed that once they start up , they run full throttle (3000 rpm) . Now you know that if you start up a cold motor and run it full throttle that it's not gonna last . These systems are designed to do just that . I've been getting our systems ready and serviced for the upcoming cold weather . I noticed that these block heaters are easy to install and not that expensive . They get installed in a heater hose and circulate the warm coolant through out the whole motor . I've been impressed with them . I'm considering doing a install on my Ram . Heres a pic of what it looks like . This one is made by Generac . They can be purchased through your local Grainger or Home Depot .
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I've seen similar setups in local parts stores but for the life of me I can't remember who makes them.
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How much do one of these kits cost and how har is it to install one of these in you driveway or garage?
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I haven't researched the price . You can go to Home Depots site and search for it . But it's basically cut a heater hose and install it in the cut hose . Find a way to mount it to the body and run your power cord . The one in the photo looks like the ones I work on and they work well .
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How does it push the fluid past the closed thermostat? Do the newer Rams that use a knob to set temp have to be turned on, set the temp and then turned off?
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I'm not sure if the newer Rams have a heater control valve . All the ones I've seen haven't . The coolant is constantly flowing through the core .
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I had one in a vehicle years ago. It was great, you have heat right away defrost right away. Don't know why I haven't put one in this truck. Just might have to.
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How does it push the fluid past the closed thermostat? Do the newer Rams that use a knob to set temp have to be turned on, set the temp and then turned off?

What he said...

I will def. install one once I find out a little more information about them.
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It doesn't need to open the thermostat , it heats the coolant up by circulating the coolant through the heater hoses then back through the block . The engines that I work on at work have thermostats in them too . I can go touch any part of that engine and feel the warmth . I think the temperature is right around 130 degrees .
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Looks pretty easy to install by yourself. Kit runs at 150$ http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...atalogId=10053
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