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Block heater install. DIY?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by KingMoo, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. Jan 16, 2012 at 7:37 AM
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    KingMoo

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    It is quite cold here this week so I need to get the block heater installed on my truck. They have the part here at the dealership for $90 but they say 1.5 hours for install ($90 + install = $280 +tax).

    Can I do this myself? Any warranty issues if I do? And will it take me 1.5 hours?
     
  2. Jan 16, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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    Pugga

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    Yes, you can do it yourself, and no it won't take you 1.5 hours to do so. There's a video of the install on here somewhere, if I find it I'll edit this post.

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    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2n...ll-v6-block-heater-today-any-advice-tips.html
     
  3. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    Question: Did you buy your truck in Canada? I thought all vehicles came standard with a block heater.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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    Not to speak for the OP, but I thought I remembered a thread saying he purchased a US truck. I think that thread was for getting the leaf spring TSB in Canada.
     
  5. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM
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    nope. bought it in the US. It did not sound good starting up this morning. Now I get the honour of installing stuff in -14 degree weather instead of 50 degree weather that I could have done it in last week...

    thanks for the help!
     
  6. Jan 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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    I have seen the instructions for installing the heater in the V6 (maybe same in the 4cyl?). If I remember right:

    Clean out hole, apply grease, insert heater until the catch 'clicks', route wires, install wire ties.
     
  7. Jan 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM
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    Just got one installed on a V6 in the US for $118, parts and labor included. $280 hurts!

    A question about block heaters though. I just moved north from Oklahoma, never had to use one before. Do you need to unplug it before you start the truck?
     
  8. Jan 17, 2012 at 12:02 AM
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    No, but if you do not unplug it you are simply wasting electricity since the operating engine will warm up faster than using the block heater.
     
  9. Jan 17, 2012 at 5:42 AM
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    x2, and you run the risk or forgetting to unplug it and driving off with it plugged in (at least I can see myself doing something stupid like that).:eek:
     
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    Been there. Done that. A tip to remind yourself is to string the cord up and over your driver side mirror.
     
  11. Jan 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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    Been a really cold winter up north this year and giving some thought to installing a block heater this spring.

    Anyone know of a cheap online source to purchase the Toyota block heater?
     
  12. Jan 18, 2012 at 4:39 AM
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    Thanks, ordered one today. Been really cold up here this year and that block heater looks like an easy install.........during the summer time:)
     
  14. Jan 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    It has been a cold week(-30 to -40C) here in the Prairie Provinces and you do need a block heater. Manufactors use to include the block heaters in vehicles, not so much anymore. A lot of them will charge a $200 or so fee to have one put in. My last car(2010 VW Golf) didn't come with a block heater. I never plugged it in the winter, it always started. But it ran straight synthetic and had a great battery.
    Like others have said on the board, it shouldn't take you 1.5 hours to do it. It does make a difference in cold times like this week. I would suggest OP to wait until it warms up. You can't work on your truck when your hands and feet are covered in frost bite.
     
  15. Jan 19, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    I picked one up from the dealership a couple years back for $45.00. Once you find the mounting location it takes about a half hour to do the install.
     
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