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i took about 500lbs of stuff out of my bed to move, and was nice and easy on this tank of gas- never went offroad, didnt really get on the throttle very heavy at all... and i got less mileage :(

i guess letting it idle for 20 minutes in the morning isnt that great for conserving gas
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i guess letting it idle for 20 minutes in the morning isnt that great for conserving gas
nope....

i don't let my truck warm up since i got the block heater. When i start the truck it is already up above 100*...I let it set for about 2 minutes before i start.....and i am getting 16 mpg right now in the city driving
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eh, im just gonna leave it plugged in all night.. if im gonna walk outside to plug it in i'll just start it haha
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eh, im just gonna leave it plugged in all night.. if im gonna walk outside to plug it in i'll just start it haha
i leave mine plugged in all night. ~100* is all a block heater will keep the truck at....
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then what do u mean you let it set for 2 minutes before you start it?
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i let it run for about 2 minutes before i start driving that way the oil gets moving good....
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Got minee ordered.

I see a plug on the pass side, towards the front of the engine. Is that the plug that Ford uses?
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Got minee ordered.

I see a plug on the pass side, towards the front of the engine. Is that the plug that Ford uses?
you will enjoy it....

what plug are you talking about? can you post a picture of it?



here is my plug (you can see it on the passanger side of the licenses plate):
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My bad, I meant freeze plug, on the block. I need to install it sometime soon, I was jsut poking around trying to find an easy to get to freeze plug.
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on the front passanger side of the engine there is a freeze plug. that is the one that you need to replace with the block heater.

This is what it kinda looks like:
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Man i wish I had had one of these last year. Now my truck is 2 miles away from power lol. Damn school parking lots
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got mine in today, its plugged in right now.. but its 20* so its pretty damn warm haha


i thought the engine was almost empty because the drain on the radiator was down to a dribble.. so i popped out the core plug, man was i wrong haha
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got mine in today, its plugged in right now.. but its 20* so its pretty damn warm haha


i thought the engine was almost empty because the drain on the radiator was down to a dribble.. so i popped out the core plug, man was i wrong haha
draining just the radiator wont do squat to what is in the engine. the 4.0 OHV's have a pretty large internal water jacket. I just popped my plug out with a long screw driver and got out of the way while the antifreeze poured out......i have some animals that run around the neighborhood that i would like to have drank the antifreeze....


You will like it. Watch it to make sure you got it sealed up good.
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it hasn't leaked yet but it didnt work too well

it took just about as long this morning to get heat :(
had it plugged in for 6-7 hours

how far into the block does yours go?
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it hasn't leaked yet but it didnt work too well

it took just about as long this morning to get heat :(
had it plugged in for 6-7 hours

how far into the block does yours go?
mine is exactly like the picture posted above.....

mine is never hot/warm, but always around 100*.....if you turn your heater on, you introduce cold antifreeze into the antifreeze that is already at 100*......
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how?

pullin it out of the lower hose?
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how?

pullin it out of the lower hose?
it comes from the heater hoses......there is a valve in the heater hoses that only opens when the heater is on.......the cold antifreeze that is in the heater core and in the back side of the lines then circulates into the engine....
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i know i SHOULDN'T but i just hop in. start it up wait for the weird noises to go away and take off.. because most of the time i dont have time to wait, or im just too f'ng cold to sit there.
Actually if you look in your owners manual it says let it warm up for 15-30 seconds and then go, even on the coldest of mornings.

Ive used mine a couple times and Ive never really noticed anything. Its not like you hop in and the engine is already at operating temps. It does seem to get up to operating temp a couple minutes quicker, although my truck normally warms up in about 4 minutes.
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