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Old 11-07-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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Hey guys, so as my truck came from California, and here in Saskatoon its gets to -50 celsius, I figured I'd put a block heater in. I didn't see a DIY anywhere so I decided to make one.

First things first, remove the air box assembly.



Then, remove the inner fender. Honestly, this was the hardest part of the job, haha.



Here you can see the freeze plug you have to remove.



Now, before you remove it, open your rad cap (make sure the engine isnt boiling hot) and then drain the coolant via the lower rad hose...this makes a big mess.



Then, take a punch or screw driver, and beat in the edge of the freeze plug. Afterwards, just haul it out with a set of pliers.




After the last of the coolant has spewed out, give it a wipe clean, and grab your block heater. Here is the motorcraft one I bought from ford for 35$



Now, take a little bit of NON-petroleum based grease and lube up the o-ring.



Take it, press it into the hole, make sure its seated in the whole way around. Tighten the screw...this opens up the wing nut and makes sure the plug stays in place.



Then plug the end of the cord in and run it through the grille or where ever you like. Put the inner fender back, and then the air box.



Make sure to refill the rad until full, turn on the engine, and let it run WITHOUT the cap on in order to get some of the air out. Top up and then youre ready to go



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Old 11-07-2009, 07:14 PM   #2
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thats a good write up. much simpler than expected. you'll have to let us know how well it works. whats the part number for it?
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Very good write up with pics and all... Not that i need it in South GA but still good job! Nice lookin Truck too... clean and simple!
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Very good write up with pics and all... Not that i need it in South GA but still good job! Nice lookin Truck too... clean and simple!

hey thanks, its has a 6" suspension lift and 33X12.50 on 15X10's. Ill update to let you all know how well it works. It was pretty straight forward, but i wrestled with that stupid inner fender forever it seemed.
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Ive been wanting to do that for quite some time but was intimidated and never really looked into it. After seeing this how-to....WOW it doesnt look bad at all!

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Allan, I take it you want a part number? lol!!
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:51 AM   #7
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only thing I can say is instead of making a huge mess with the coolant you can get a piece of 3/8" hose of some sort (clear nylon works great) and put it on the drain petcock of the radiator that's on the lower passenger side and put the hose in a bucket and let it drain out, it takes longer this way but you can put the coolant back in if it's usable...
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:09 PM   #9
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where the heck is the block heater[cord] on my 2010 4 liter ranger? its suposed to be standard equipment
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where the heck is the block heater[cord] on my 2010 4 liter ranger? its suposed to be standard equipment
Look between your grille and radiator. It's not standard equipment, never has been. Always been an option. Unless it's a canada truck(I'm told).
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