So I am the owner of my first diesel although I am not a stranger to diesels thanks to the army I have never owned one myself. I have been doing research and understand that the 6.0 L all have block heaters however not all have the cord and that the plug for the cord should be located on the passenger side some where above the starter is this correct? also i bought the cord and from the looks of the part it looks to be an easy install I am just hoping that running the cord isn't too hard, hoping for some insight here.
Hi RECON & Welcome to FTE!
I had to do the same thing about three weeks ago, bought my truck out of Southern Cali. It had no cord. You are correct and not to hard to get to or route the cord into.
I started at the front and fed the heater end past the tow hook & kinda down the frame rail & by the motor mount and above the starter. Used a coupel zip ties to secure & screwed it in and you are done. Only used a few times as we have not seen any bad cold weather YET................ But I do love heat after about two mins of running! Heck last Saturday we made it up around 55 deg. Guess I can live without a white Christmas this year!!
[quote=HillbillyTim;11210105]I installed a block heater cord on my truck yesterday. I used the cord I bought at the Ford delership and it took me about an hour to do it. I'm trying it out this morning to see how it works.
I just found out yesterday that the block heater cord for Katz will work just fine. I bought the 3/8 flexible chase to run it though as well as the zip-ties, and cord for $22.78. Going to install today. Did a high idle mod and installed back-up lights last-night. I am just too poor to pay Ford for their cord when I be functional, for almost a tenth of the cost. I can see that a lot of people want to keep their rigs "original", and if you can and want to, I think it is great.
I have an 05 350 6.0. Up until yesterday, my block heater was working fine, now I have a short. I made my way from the house outlet to the truck plug, to the heater plug.
I have a Marinco cord with a bracket mounted to my rear hitch assembly. If i check ohms there (with the cord plugged into the heater), it shows shorted.
When I unplug the cord from the heater, it's fine.
Is it possible for the heater itself to have a short??
Would definitely appreciate any input, figures it happens when it FINALLY starts to get cold.... sigh.
BTW I am down to 20 minutes to replace the cord. I need to remember to unplug it BEFORE backing out of the drive way
Sorry that gave me my first laugh of the day and it's 5pm.
Just a thought, I ran my cord back to my rear bumper with a bracket mounted to my hitch assembly. You could probably do it in such a way if you were to pull forward, rather then destroying the cable, it would just pull out of the socket. I have mine angled down to keep water out and make it less of a trip hazard, but I think it would still pull out pretty quickly. The bracket isn't going anywhere!