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    Default Help with plug in ...... block heater

    So, it just got really cold here & I took my plug out for the first time to plug it in & it's tripping the breaker. I tried in multiple outlets & it trips every time. It has never been used so I don't know what's going on.

    Is it a short? Any advice would greatly be appreciated!

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    FYI for our southern friends... I believe Erica is talking about the block heater's wall outlet plug.

    Erica- All I can suggest if that you have a good look at the wiring you can see and make sure there are no frays, missing or cracked insulation. It sounds as though you've got a short and the easiest thing I can suggest is that you check to make sure you don't have bare wire touching bare metal, two bare wires rubbing each other, etc etc.
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    Yeah, I didn't know what to call it.

    Hmmm, ok.....tomorrow I will check & maybe take it to the GM dealership. Do you know if something like this would be covered on a bumper to bumper warranty?

    Thanks!

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    Good question and I have no idea! I can't imagine why it wouldn't be. If it's not covered, then you are looking at a very minimal expense, really. I guess it all depends on whether the problem is with the heater itself or the wires leading to it. It's conceivable that you've been having a wire rubbing on a metal edge or sharp edge somewhere. Or.... mouse attack!

    I'd say it's more than likely that whatever the problem is it will be covered on a bumper to bumper.

    Remember I'm no expert.. and there could be someone to come on that might offer a lot more help then I.

    Good luck, and let us know how it turns out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Springthing View Post
    FYI for our southern friends... I believe Erica is talking about the block heater's wall outlet plug..
    I have seen those before and never knew what they were
    So what is their pourpose? To warm the block when its really cold? ..
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    I haven't tried out the block heater on mine yet but probably should. If you are tripping circuits then there is an overcurrent draw or maybe you have a short on your truck. That would be covered under the warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04sierracrewcab View Post
    I have seen those before and never knew what they were
    So what is their pourpose? To warm the block when its really cold? ..

    Yep! Kinda neat to see cars driving everywhere with a three-prong wall plug sticking out their front grill...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Springthing View Post
    Yep! Kinda neat to see cars driving everywhere with a three-prong wall plug sticking out their front grill...
    umm we dont have em down here

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    Ah, ok. I really never knew there were differences in cords. My mother-in-law told me that but I ignored her.....oops!

    That makes sense because the one I was trying to use was I think a Christmas light cord. Wow, do I feel dumb.

    On a better note, my truck sure loves being plugged in. Dwill's right, with the plug in & elevated idle it's amazing.

    Dwill, I meant my truck sounded worse the other morning compared to some.....not being in the elevated idle & that's why I started to use the plug. But when I plugged it in today, it sounded great & didn't whine. I don't like when my baby whines.

    Thank you for everyones help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04sierracrewcab View Post
    umm we dont have em down here
    it's a northern thing, southerners wouldn't understand.... yeah I lived in the south most of my life but I have family up in PA and Ohio so I've been around them , in fact I have seen them on cars that those are all that actually worked on the car and wasn't rusted to pieces. (another Northern thing I am glad we don't experience)

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