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Engine block heater

My brother has a 2001 F-150 XTR 4x4 and it has the Engine block heater on it and he is wondering if it's works or not!!!!




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1 way to find out is to plug it in wait a few hours then go put your hand on a rad hose or down on the block.

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i can actually hear mine when the engine is cold and it gets plugged in.

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Plug it in for a few minutes, then unplug it you should see a power ark if it is working
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leave it plugged in over night and when you get in it in the morning your ECT should be near the bottom of the range

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actually it should arc when you plug it in but that don't mean the heater itself is working, just means it has hydro. I know this for fact as 2 years ago I pulled in a transport at work in the a.m and in the late afternoon went to start it and it was cold block heater didn't work but it arced at the plug.

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Unplug the block heater. Measure the resistance across the two flat prongs of the plug (hot and neutral) with an ohm-meter. You should get a very low resistance reading, maybe something like 2 -- 100 ohms, something in that neighbourhood.

A very high resistance (in the megaohms) or "open", would indicate the heating element is burned out, or there is a problem with the cord.

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leave it plugged in over night and when you get in it in the morning your ECT should be near the bottom of the range
Maybe a Dumb question: BUT what does ECT stand for!!!!!

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engine coolant temperature Gordon.

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THANKS Glen!!!!

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