Tips of block heater cord ground down...

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Old 12-06-12, 12:36 PM
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Tips of block heater cord ground down...

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My block heater plug (the male end) unhooked from the protective cap on my way to work this morning. Must have been dragging along the road as I drove and now the metal prongs have had the tips ground off. Is it still useable or do I need to replace it?

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Kristin.
 
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Could you post a pic or two so we can see how bad the damage is? http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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Will do! I'll grab a photo tonight before heading home!
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Sorry about the delay—here's the shots! What do you think?
k.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10550079/cord1.JPG
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/10550079/cord2.JPG
 
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Cut the plug off and use a good quality replacement. Plenty of choices. May have to think outside the box for something to protect it when not in use...but you could just mount a cheap receptacle in the engine bay and plug it in when not used to keep it out of the way?
 
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I too suggest replacement. You don't need to find the cord overheating or your diesel truck on fire.
 
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If this was my truck, I'd mount an inlet somewhere in the body or bumper.
 
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Thanks all.

Yea, I kinda figured the plug was a write-off, but I just wasn't sure if I need to replace the entire cord or if I could just cut the plug off and attach a new one (which is what I'm hoping). Sounds like this is possible, but what's considered a "good quality replacement"? I know the extension cord I use for hooking it up at night is "block heater" grade (or, at least that's what Home Depot called it), but since I'm just going to look for a replacement plug, is there any rating or other information I can use for finding the replacement?

Re: Protecting it. It actually has a protective cap, etc. which I thought was good enough, but I guess after a few years, it became too loose and finally slipped out. I'll definitely make sure to get a better replacement for that as well!

Thanks again!
 
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Old 12-13-12, 07:37 AM
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As stated......replace it with a quality heavy duty plug.....similar to the one below.

You then need to route the cord and fasten it to a convenient location using zip-ties.

Somewhere in the upper portion of the engine bay which will also keep it dry.


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Thanks! Much appreciated!
 
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Old 12-13-12, 08:56 AM
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You want to look for the black and white plugs over the yellow ones as they're more durable and easier to wire.
 
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