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Block Heater Difficult to Unplug

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Kremtok, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. Mar 4, 2017 at 12:27 PM
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    My Tacoma came with a block heater and I've been using it frequently lately. When it was new there were no issues, but after a month or so of using it every day it's become incredibly difficult to unplug from the extension cord.

    Any advice on diagnosis and repair?
     
  2. Mar 4, 2017 at 1:02 PM
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    Maybe try putting some "dilectric" (sp?) grease on the contact points, to make things a little more "slippy"..
     
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    this
    mine had a bunch of grease on it when I got it, yet to have any difficulty with it.
     
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  4. Mar 4, 2017 at 2:48 PM
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    Ordered some dielectric grease. Thanks guys!

    Edit: I'm just a little paranoid considering what happened to my last car...how do I use it properly?
     
  6. Mar 4, 2017 at 3:55 PM
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    put it on a timer I guess

    Depends how cold it is where you live.
    I have mine set to turn on 35min before I leave for work in the morning. makes it where when I start it the coolant temp is around 25C
    When I plug in my jetta its set on a 1hour timer though. But that one has an oil heater not coolant, and its diesel and needs a lot more help in the cold lol.

    When I plug in its like -20C overnight if not colder.
    I'm starting to consider plugging in a bit longer too. Maybe 45min.


    One thing i will say I was happy as fucking hell that I didn't lose the cord haha. I must have still been half asleep when leaving one morning and unplugged from the extension cord but didn't unplug from the truck. Drove all the way to work, about 30km and after I parked noticed the cord still hanging from my bumper.


    According to the manual it says 30min but no mention of temperature. If its really cold could definitely go more.
     
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    You was lucky you did not run over the cord...EH..!!
     
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    Why unplug heater cord from extension cord?
    Why not just unplug heater cord at the truck?
     
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    Are the prongs on the cord straight? Or have they been bent a bit?
    Also is there ice in the female end from having it outside?
     
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    I'm not sure we're on the same page...the block heater cord is hanging out from the front of my grille and that's where I plug it into the extension cord. It's this connection that's giving me issues.

    No, none that I can see. It looks just fine, not bent or discolored and no ice or debris present. I keep the male end of the plug in a protective cover that's also attached to the grille when I'm not using it.
     
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  12. Mar 7, 2017 at 3:53 PM
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    Yes, yours is different. Nicer, too. This is mine:

    EE78BD8B-8ABE-4B1D-9AE9-4647244BDD02.jpg
     
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    so they clearly didn't do an OEM one for yours.
    are you using a cheap cord or good one? Could just be the cord.
     
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    His block heater is the OEM Canada part. It's different for the US. Not sure why, but this came up after my last car, ahem, caught on fire due to the block heater.

    I can't find any mention of the block heater in the owner's manual. Can anyone help there?

    EDIT: Oh, and I'm using this extension cord: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00065UZDG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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    The Block heater is dealer installed. I don't know why the US doesn't get the same block heater but I like mine. It's a cleaner install, the cord doesn't flap in the wind scratching the vehicle and if you forget to unplug it. It doesn't rip the cord out.
     
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    I also like yours better. Too bad they don't give us the same one you have because you're right - it's better in every way.
     
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    I just assumed that they had the same one in both countries.
     
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    I have the same one since I'm in Canada. I would've thought they used the same one. Or the dealer just installed an aftermarket part?
    Could be using aftermarket though not OEM.
    I would figure they do. I swear there's been other members from the US with what we have to here North of the wall.
     
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    From my experience with cords that get un/plugged on a regular basis is to find a cheap extender (like 12in) and keep it connected to the more expensive device (in this case the truck). That way when that connector goes bad, you can replace it instead of having to do a major fix.
     
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    I'd rather have the "American" one any day. The sissy Canadian style one is pretty easy to snap off when minus 30 with gloves on or when you forget to unplug it. I know cause I did it. Such a silly thing to have on a truck. P.S. It's pretty easy to change the ends on an extension cord with hardware store parts and only cost a few bucks.
     

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