5.7 Block Heater Install Help

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  1. 14Tradesman

    14Tradesman Senior Member

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    Has anyone installed the block heater on their 5.7? Looking for a run down on how to so it or tips and tricks if anyone has any.


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  2. 14Tradesman

    14Tradesman Senior Member

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    Bump. Anyone?


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    Sorry I can't help you on your gasser.
    Appearently no else wants to be nice to their engine in cold weater,
    or get faster heat.
     
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    kad Senior Member Supporting Member

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    It's a royal P.I.T.A.

    Note: I have not done this myself, this info is from another forum (one that, if I were to link it here, this forum's lovely automatics would replace the URL with a random URL, usually an eBay one) Credit goes to user Taskmaster86 on that other forum.

    The location is above the starter. The starter must come out to get the heater in.

    Step 1: remove the starter heat shield with the 2 10mm bolts.
    Step 2: Remove the starter by unbolting it's two bolts, the top bolt is very hard to get to and you will need to make a 24" or longer extension bar with a swivel and reach it from behind.
    Step 3: slide the starter back about 4 inches and shove the kat's heater into the hole. Secure the heater with 1 m6 bolt which is not included in the kit. Note- you may wish to lightly chase the threads with a m6 1.0 tap to make the bolt thread in easier.
    Step 4: Once the bolt is in, route the cord to the front of the hood somewhere and secured with zip ties.
    Step 5: Plug in the heater for about a minute and make sure it is getting hot.
    Step 6: Let everything cool down, and re-install the starter and heat shield in the reverse process.


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    Not to insult you But just want to add a Step "0" to the above which would be Disconnect the Battery. I've seen mechanics forget to do that...OUCH
     
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  6. Random_Walk

    Random_Walk ...what's this bolt do? *plink* ...oh. Military

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    I've been to places where parking lots have electrical outlets at each stall for those things, but where I live doesn't really require anything like that. Sure it was 19 degrees this morning, but everything started up first go, no sweat. Just had to let it warm up a bit before I took it out to the highway and abused it. :)
     
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    I have thought about putting one in my 5.7.
    Never found instructions on how to do it so that really kept me from tackling it.
    Now I have some instructions I may tackle it. Seems like I have done more PITA installs on my truck than those instructions seem to be.
     
  8. LeesEvoX

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    Why not buy an oil pan heater? This is what I'm doing when my Texas truck makes it up to Colorado. Lol

    Bought its fron etrailor.com. look up Kats oil heaters. Bunch of different wattages.

    Just heats the oil rather than the coolant lol

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