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Old 05 Nov 2010, 11:09 pm
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Hello All,

I have been starting to use my block heater and it seems as if it isn't working, should the temperature gauge be moved from the heat of it, how do i know its working
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Old 06 Nov 2010, 09:28 am
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Nope, your temperature guage should not move due to the use of your block heater. Block heaters take the chill off your coolant, only, and do not provide significant heat to the motor. But, even when very cold, this slight warmth in your engine keeps your oil from thickening up, and eases starting and lubrication.

To check to see if it's working, when your car is cold, plug in the heater, and listen for a ticking or bubbling sound. It has to be really quiet where you are when you do this, as it's a very subtle sound. Another indicator is, when you plug or unplug the block heater, there may be a slight sparking at the plug, indicating current is travelling through. If your heater is shorted out, however, you'll still get this tiny spark. If you REALLY want to check, get a container and put some radiator fluid in it, and keep it next to your car. Get 2 thermometers, and put one in the container of fluid, and the other in the fluid in your radiator, and see if there's a temperature difference between them.
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