Engine block heater installation.

Just recently purchased the OEM block heater for my '01 Ram QC 4x4 2500 with 360....anyone ever installed one of these that could offer up a few tips before I dive
right into it?
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Not much to it... drain the coolant (open up the block drains if you can - it'll make less of a mess that way). Knock out a core plug of your choosing (whichever is easiest to get to - and of course, one that's the same size as the block heater - pretty sure only the ones on the back are larger). Easiest way to remove them is to put a blunt punch (big, wide flat-blade screwdriver works) on the edge of the plug and smack it with a hammer. The plug should tilt out, and you can yank it out with pliers. If you didn't get the block drains open, be prepared for more coolant to come pouring out.
Tap the new plug back in gently, making sure it's sitting even in the bore. Now hook up the wires, and re-fill the coolant.
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Great Tom...I appreciate it. I figured it was pretty straight forward and just as you described. Just wanted to make sure I'm not going to run into something I didn't expect.

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Block heaters
If that's one of the units installed in the lower block, you might run into the problem I had on a 318 V-8 my son had in a 72 Dart . . . only one side of the block got warm from the heater, and the other side was as cold as the rest of the outdoors.
So you might need to run a pair on your V-8. . . .we just fixed the choke and crossover passage (unplugged it) instead.
Budd
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Probably a good idea... the factory block heater came only on one side. I forget what the heaters are rated at - might want to check and make sure they won't overload a typical 15A circuit. I don't remember what the gas engine heater elements draw - but I've seen references to block heaters drawing 7-8A (though this is probably the larger element used in the Cummins engines).
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Carolina Watercraft Works wrote:

Still haven't heard from you Laszlo. Forget about me?
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