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Block Heater Bumper Plug?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by alldayrj, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    After getting tired of how ghetto my truck looks with the plug hanging like a hillbillys front tooth and since I have to plug in my truck every night until I fix the cold start problem I figured there was a better solution.

    I did some quick web searches and found a bunch of threads of people using a plug by Marico but then also complaining that the cap fell off. Any better options out there? One specific to the PSD? I'm open to insight from any manufacturer supporter though. I would prefer not to have to cut the stock plug. I'm weird like that.

    what I'm talking about:
    http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1103839-block-heater-bumper-plug-mod.html
    I could just do this but I'm looking for a better receptacle
    http://powerstrokenation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87857

    thanks guys
     
  2. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    Why not just tuck it in under the radiator? There's a nice lip right there.
     
  3. cj7plowing

    cj7plowing Senior Member
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  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    yea thats the one I found but people said the plug doesnt stay in and breaks off. my old international has one with a heavy spring door on it like an outdoor GFCI outlet but I cant find one online
     
  5. cj7plowing

    cj7plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    thats boss but I would like to be able to use standard cords.
     
  7. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    what is the cold start problem? just a glow plug relay? if so just fix it, it is cheaper and easier than replacing a block heater cord.
     
  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
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  9. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    OK but you didnt answer have you checked the glow plug relay?
     
  10. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    no, dont know how. is it simple?
     
  11. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    open the hood on your truck and locate the glow plug relay. not sure on a 6.0 where it is exactly on a 7.3 it is right on top of the engine. use a test light and verify that it is getting power from the battery side. (one large post should have constant power) have someone turn the key on and check for power on the other post, if no power check for power at the small post, that is te exciter wire from the ignition, if it is good then just replace the relay. costs about $25 at any parts store.
     
  12. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    thanks, you're the man. can anyone confirm for a 6.br0?
     
  13. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    Fix the cold start problem.

    That being said I do not do the plug conversions on mine. Just another way to collect salt and grime. I still plug trucks in on snow nights and anytime the temp will be below 10 just because it makes it start easier and have quick heat. I set my plugs right on the lip of the back of the bumper right between the lights. Never an issue.
     
  14. Red02F250

    Red02F250 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    Whether or not you have a cold start problem, most diesels start more easily and with less wear and tear if you plug in the block heater when the temps are appropriate.

    I installed a Marinco plug on my front bumper and used anout 12" of the female end of an old extension cord for it so I wouldn't have to cut the block heater plug (even though I drilled a large hole in the bumper haha!)

    I like the plug, makes it a lot easier, cleaner and drier, not to mention it looks nicer. I haven't had an issue with the plug flap.
     
  15. crazyboy

    crazyboy Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 296

    Look up a Hubbel HBL61CM64 if you don't like the Marinco inlet.
     
  16. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
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  17. crazyboy

    crazyboy Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 296

  18. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    two words

    AUTO-EJECT

    bite the bullet, spend the money and put it in. youll never go back! We have them on all our rigs at the work. They are worth the money. Trust me.


    ETA: my buddy has dual auto-ejectors installed into his bumpers, one in the front bumper and one on the rear tied into the same circuit for the heaters. doesnt matter if he pulls in or backs into his driveway/garage,
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2012
  19. crazyboy

    crazyboy Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 296

    They're great, well except when they get stuck in the doors. :laughing:
     
  20. damian

    damian Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    6.0 doesnt use glow relay like a 7.3 it uses a glow module, although some 02 -03 cal emissions 7.3 did use this module as well. 6.0 engines have many no start cold issues that have nothing to do with glow plugs. some no start cold problems are ficms , injector sticktion and even cam sensors.block heaters are always a good idea,they should be used on a timer 2 hours before startup, at 1500 to 2000 watts they really spin your electric meter. large truck dealers like mack, pete, freightliner etc will carry a nice stainless flip door receptacle for your block heater cord but all will need you to cut end off unless you just use an old extension cord and make a plug in adapter that goes from flip door receptacle to your factory cord,