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Block Heater Cord Melted

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by LifeIsGood169, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Feb 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    LifeIsGood169 [OP] Well-Known Member

    May 15, 2011
    First Name:
    03 Tacoma XtraCab 2.7L 5spd
    Chime Mod Kenwood Headunit Greased all Zerks, locks, and bushings Reverse Flood Lights Extang Cover Weather stripped tailgate Burner Fog Lights Toggle Switches in Dash
    The Problem:
    The electrical plug has melted rubber/plastic around the prongs from over heating. It looked like it was plugged in 1/2 way for a day. How do I clean the melted rubber off & do I need a new extension cord? The plug from the heater looks ok before the metal prong connection.

    The Story:
    Ok so I was being a good guy by sober driving my friends around last Saturday. When we get back to the out door parking lot everyone gets out & I go to plug in my block heater as usual. But my drunk friend pushes me away and says he'll do it. So he plugs it in & I go over to check it but he keeps pushing me away. At a glimpse in the night, it looked like the heater was plugged in fine so I left.
    I just went outside today to unplug it:
    - the plug was only 1/2 way in
    - there were some sparks
    - the extension cord (female end) looks melted
    - the block heater (male connector) just has some discoloration & melted plastic on the connectors

    Pretty annoyed.... :mad:
  2. Feb 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    STLharry Lube: It's the key to penetration.

    Oct 11, 2008
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    Yeti Rescue Package with 270k miles
    '95-'97 camouflaged, ARB bull bar, RAT Products skid plate kit, sliders, Green Mountain Customs rear tube bumper and overland bed rack, King coilovers with Icon neoprene covers, defenestrated sway bar, OME Rear Suspension: CS046R leafs + AAL/5125 shocks/NWOR greasable hardware/U-bolt flip kit; S13WL Tundra calipers/pads/rotors, IPF H4 lenses and bulbs, IPF 968 DCG 100W lights, clapped out CB radio, Aussie-spec FJ60 inclinometer, ARB CKMA12 compressor, Superwinch S9000 with 12V Guy clock switch, 4' Hi-Lift, deckplate mod/grey wire mod/dif breather extensions, Duratrac tires, Sockmonkey bedside decals, boat cupholder, Dakine bike pad
    1. Does it still work in the current state?
    2. If yes...then who cares? Just reprimand your friend a little bit and always do that stuff yourself in the future.
    3. If no, either clean off the plus(s) a little bit to see if that helps. Maybe check all connections. Then ask your friend nicely to get you a new one. Or do without it. I don't think it gets cold enough south of the top part of the lower 48 to actually need one.

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