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Old 12-09-2006
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block heater....

got that thing in today.....easy as cake to install.....pop the front passanger side freeze plug out, push the heater element in, and tighten a butterfly bolt that holds it in the block down....plug in the wire and run it to the front of the truck.......simple as that....

tried figuring out what was the problem with the miss...still haven't determined that yet....
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Thats awesome, may i ask how much it was? I am wanting to look into this as i have to park outside 24-7
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Where'd you get it? Any pics?

Been thinking about one myself.
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block heaters work great.
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Thats awesome, may i ask how much it was? I am wanting to look into this as i have to park outside 24-7
i got it off eBay......paid $23 shipped...........

here is the part number for it....it is a OEM Ford part....
PART#F3TZ6D008A

a Ford dealer should be able to get one for your truck....i think it was an accessory to the 2000+ Rangers....
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Where'd you get it? Any pics?

Been thinking about one myself.
got it on ebay.....i will get some pics up tomorrow....
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here is a link to the 2000+ Ranger block heaters....for the 4.0 SOHC....

https://fordparts.com/product_info.php/products_id/905
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Cool...where did you put the plug? I assume its in a spot where it can be hidden? Also, how hard was it to get that freeze plug in and out and does the replacement one with the heater in it feel secure enough to trust it won't come loose? Do you have to drain the coolant system to get it installed? How much of a difference did you notice in warm up time? Sorry for the many questions...was considering one of these myself and wanted the details...thanks! My truck is parked in the garage at night, but it can only be better to have at least somewhat warmer oil and engine components during the morning cold startup.
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Cool...where did you put the plug? I assume its in a spot where it can be hidden? Also, how hard was it to get that freeze plug in and out and does the replacement one with the heater in it feel secure enough to trust it won't come loose? Do you have to drain the coolant system to get it installed? How much of a difference did you notice in warm up time? Sorry for the many questions...was considering one of these myself and wanted the details...thanks! My truck is parked in the garage at night, but it can only be better to have at least somewhat warmer oil and engine components during the morning cold startup.
i got this on on ebay, but you can get them from the site posted above......

it is on the front passanger side freeze plug....you run the wire to the front of the truck however you want.....the wires are easy to hide......

the freeze plug was easy to get out.....punch the bottom part in and the top part will come out, grab it with a pair of needle nose plires and pull.....

it is super secure....the butterfly bolt holds it in tight....

yes you have to drain the coolant to get it in......it is a good time to flush your system.....

i dont know on warm up times because my truck isn't running correctly so i haven't been driving it....

no problem on the quesions...that is what the site is for....
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i went out and checked the temp of my truck when i got home from work.....it was 150*.........that is awsome......it has only been plugged in for about 8 hours.......

that is cool!
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If you bought your truck used, take a look, you might have one. I did and never knew it.

I put mine on a timer, turns on two hours befroe I go to work. Start it up and you have luke-warm air already. SWEET.
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^^^ that isnt a bad idea about the timer....
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I have one for my X-Mas lights too...I'm lazy (sometimes) and they work good.
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I put mine on a timer, turns on two hours befroe I go to work.

classic. why didnt i think of that? i havent used mine cause i didnt want it plugged in all night.....

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If you bought your truck used, take a look, you might have one. I did and never knew it.

I put mine on a timer, turns on two hours befroe I go to work. Start it up and you have luke-warm air already. SWEET.
I use mine if I'm going to be parked outside overnight and it's -40C.
Block heaters just keep the block warm, not the coolant.....so how are you getting luke warm air?? Whatever you're doing, I need to find out. LO

* Yes I know the coolant in the block gets warmed.....very little.....but enough to feel warm air from the blower? L
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Warming the coolant is what warms the block up isn't it?
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Warming the coolant is what warms the block up isn't it?
that is how it works......they heat up the coolant inside the block......

the heater gets coolant from the water pump which gets it from the block...so if the coolant in the block is warm, then the air in the heater will be warm.......that is why you dont have heat until the temp gauge goes up......
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