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#1 Old 01-10-2007, 08:36 AM
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Hi, has anyone out here installed a block heater in their hemi themselves? Is it hard to do? Thanks

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How cold does it get there in Montana?

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Can get -30 or colder depending on the winter.

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Regardless on which engine you put it in all you are doing is knocking out a core plug (freeze plug) inserting the new one of the correct size ensuring the correct orientation of the heating element & tightening the centre fixing, routing the cable & thats it, finished.

Both of mine have them as standard (good old Canadian build) but I bought another for my other engine I am building. Its not just a matter of how cold it gets, even just down to freezing I put mine on. I get in first thing & I am blowing warm air moments after starting which is great for clearing the screen plus it wont do your battery any harm either.

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Isn't there one that splices into a heater hose?

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You can get them spliced into the heater hose, down the dip stick, attatched to the outside of the oil pan etc etc.

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I just looked at mine ('05 hemi) and can't see any freeze plugs in the block! are they there, where?

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Hi, has anyone out here installed a block heater in their hemi themselves? Is it hard to do? Thanks
I know this is a little off topic but welcome to the site. Where in Montana are you from?

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I'm from billings, I spoke with the dealer today. I guess there is a port in the block by the starter to put a heater into. I guess you have to loosen the starter up and move it out of the way to put in the heater, it is not a wet port. Doesnt sound to hard, I'm gonna give it a shot tonight, will let you all know how it goes when done. By the way there are no freeze plugs in the hemi block.

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No freeze plugs eh? I would have never guessed. Good luck with the install and make sure you post some pics when you're done!

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let me go check my ,my was done from the factory,and ill get back
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I installed one in mine. The Insert hole is on the drivers side of the motor. Their is nothing to knock out. The kit comes with the wire and element. Easy install plus the directions It's down low close to the back side of the block.
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hey stl i saw it was on the drive side ,did you put it in the center or tore the rear of motor, i just cant see for where is was
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It's alittle hidden. I did this awhile ago. Let me crawle under the rig real fast.
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OK the hole is right above the starter. Look at the end of the manifold log and it right across from their. I did have to drop one bolt from the starter and rotate it to put the element in but one in the starter goes back in place. Whole job including beer time was 30 minutes.

STL doesn't get bad winters but with the rig outside and not in a polbarn when it dips into the teens or single digit's I don't wanna freeze my ass off wating for the truck to warm up as I role down the road. We don't let our vehical's warm up before we leave.
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OK the hole is right above the starter. Look at the end of the manifold log and it right across from their. I did have to drop one bolt from the starter and rotate it to put the element in but one in the starter goes back in place. Whole job including beer time was 30 minutes.

STL doesn't get bad winters but with the rig outside and not in a polbarn when it dips into the teens or single digit's I don't wanna freeze my ass off wating for the truck to warm up as I role down the road. We don't let our vehical's warm up before we leave.
How much do these run? Also can you post a picture of where its installed?
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do they make one for a 04 hemi?
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STL HEMI's is an 04 so maybe he can chime in with where he got his. It does get cold in StL but luckily mine is garaged. Still takes a few minutes to get the heat rolling. I wonder how much power the block heater consumes per hour? Might be worth it to improve gas mileage in the mornings of really cold nights.

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Allright got my block heater put in last night, sorry I'm not very high tech and don't have the ability to post pics, but like stl hemi says it is very easy to do. The port in the block is right above the starter. I actually removed th starter just for a little more clearance, the hardest part is routing the wire. I got my block heater kit from local dodge dealer parts department. $62.00

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