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OK this is the first winter im going to have a diesel and its already almost not starting. I do have a block heater and was wondering if plugging it in every night is going to rack up the electricity bill. Also ive heard of putting a piece of cardboard in the grill or under it or something> what exactly am i supposed to do with that or not at all? Any other winter tips
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you should have a block heater, all of them came with, unless someone took it out, more than likely the cord might be missing or hidden behind the grill

some people use cardboard or some type of covering to block the cold air from passing through the radiator. This can help warm an engine up or keep it warm.

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3 hours prior to starting should be fine unless its REALLY REALLY (sub 0) cold.
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I guess i should say if its never been used or someone put it back where thefactory did then its behind the bumper on the drivers side, around or above the tow hook or side of radiator. It is the male end of a A/C power cord with a cap on the end, it may also have that plastic convoluted tubing stuff on it. The cord runs into the oil cooler just above where the oil filter is on the oil filter adapter. I use mine with a heavy duty GCFI timer and it runs about 3hrs before starting.

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yes i know where the cord is for the block heater i was just asking if pluging it in all night will make a dramatic hit on the electricity bill but but if plugging it in 3 hours prior to start will work i dont think it should make that much of a difference. But with the cardbord thing do i just stick it in front of the radiator and leave it for the winter or will this ruin anything

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Sorry, i misread what you were saying about having a block heater. The block heater is rated at 1000-watts. Thats like keeping 10-100watt lightbulbs burning all night. I have never left mine on all night, it doesnt get too cold in OK through winter mainly 20's and above.

I do the cardboard ( actually made one out of that plastic cardboard stuff last winter ) I put it just in front of the radiator so air can still get to the the intercooler, trans and p/s coolers. plus when sandwhiched in front of the radiator it will have less of a chance of getting soaked by rain/snow causing it to rot ( thats why i use plastic too ). you might want to keep a check on temp guages just in case. Dont expect drastic gains doing this but it helps a little bit.

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when I use mine I plug it in when I get home and dont unplug it till I leave, havent seen too bad a hit on the electric

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I live in southern Indiana and I use a timer on mine. Got it set to come on 4 hours before I leave works great. Also if u leave the heater setting in the defrost position most of the lower part of windshield will be defrosted as well as melting of any snow. Just my .02

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plugging it in when u get home and leaving it on all night is a huge waste of electricity.

2-3 hours before your planning on leaving is all you need.

I have an outdoor timer that i use for my pool filter in the summer that i also use for my block heater in the winter.

i have it set to come on at 3 am so when i leave for work at 6 its all set.

i think the heater uses around 1000 watts or something which turns out to be 8.3 amps.

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Heater draws 950 watts

I checked mine with an ammeter. It consumes 7.9 amps at 120v = 950 watts.

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