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Changing block heaters SUCKS

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Russell, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. Russell

    Russell LB7 Tahoe Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Man, I blew the block heater out of my 89 the other night, Driving down the road, heard a pop, and lost all my coolant. I've spent all today trying to replace the stupid thing using a heater from an old 305 I have, and I've had nothing but trouble!

    New ones are really expensive too, like 150 bucks!!
     
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    :eek1: :eek1: :eek1:

    Is yours made of gold or what?

    I can understand crappy to replace though, just like a freeze plug.
     
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    I just called another place, and all they can figure is that the other store pulled up a totally different heater or something, cause they have them for 28 bucks. That I can afford! I'm off to go get one, and some new coolant
     
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    Good, I was about to tell you you got screwed and I've never seen one over $50.
     
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    Russell LB7 Tahoe Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    haha, if it was gonna cost 150, I'd just plug weld the stupid thing in there :P

    Just the first place I called this morning, lol, also why I was trying to make use of a used one...
     
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    Keep in mind that automotive parts cost a lot more on this side of the border, Mike.

    $150 for a heater core is highway robbery, though.......:mad:
     
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    It's not the heater core, it's an engine block heater. A small electric heating element that's fitted to a freeze plug type of part. The element goes inside the block and then a 120 volt AC power cord plugs into it. It pre-warms the coolant when plugged into house current.

    But yeah, $150 for one is a HUGE ripoff. I think I paid $17.95 (US) for the last one I bought.
     
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    I use a block heater about 4 months of the year up here. Thanks for the education, focker...........:deal: :rotfl: :rotfl: Sheesh, did I ever misread that post!!!! Duh!!!!:doah:

    Regardless, $150 for a block heater is even BIGGER highway robbery.
     
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    I was kinda wondering about that... :rolleyes: You should be VERY well acquainted with "things to keep you warm". :p:
     
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    Well, got one for 28 bucks, and got her running again. The TBI needs some adjustment, my TPS doesn't seem to have enough adjustablity, and I need to replace the 350 PROM, cause as it stands, the 305 prom runs the 355 better. However, its on to getting the tranny working now. The 700r4 doesn't wanna come outta first, and I'm almost 100% sure its cause I have no idea what I am doing with the TV cable, lol Got it up to almost 40 mph, and she still wasn't out of first, so I'm at a bit of a loss.
     

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