GM Truck Club
THE PREMIER CHEVY TRUCK & SUV FORUM
Founded in 2004 ~ We're the #1 Chevy Truck & SUV Forum.
Silverado & Sierra | Tahoe & Yukon | Suburban & Yukon XL | SUV & CROSSOVER
Page 1 of 4 123 ... Last Post byLast Post by
Results 1 to 10 of 36
  1. #1

    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!

    Thanks,
    Erica
    I love my new 2005 Silverado 2500HD LT and...............

    My next vehicle will be a 2006 Duramax Hummer H1 wagon :love:

  2. #2
    Legend

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    East of Branson, Missouri
    Posts
    2,788
    Blog Entries
    14

    Default

    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.
    Steven



    "The Sarge"
    1999 Chevy Suburban LT- K2500
    7.4 454 Vortec, 4WD
    305/70/16 on Eagle Alloy




  3. #3

    Default

    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!

  4. #4
    Legend

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    East of Branson, Missouri
    Posts
    2,788
    Blog Entries
    14

    Default

    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!

  5. #5
    Jr. Engineer bassalive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Marne, New Brunswick Canada
    Posts
    234

    Default

    I assume ur using an extension cord so first make sure it isn't the problem(freys, cracks,barewires etc.) Then trace the block heater cable to the motor looking for the same things including cleaning the actual plug so the prongs are shiny. as for your warranty it should be covered
    :sign0011:
    Troy
    New Brunswick, Canada

  6. #6

    Default

    ^Oh! I didn't think to check the extension cord. Willl do in the morning! Thanks guys!

  7. #7

    Default

    If all else fails, make sure that everything else on the circuit you're using is turned off or unplugged. The circuits could be overloaded.
    Scott

    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    '94 Chevy Suburban K1500
    3" exhaust w/ aero turbine non-baffled muffler
    CFM Technologies TB spacer
    CB w/ 44" whip antenna


  8. #8
    Moderator

    dwill3015's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Yacolt, Washington
    Posts
    4,338
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default

    Hopefully it's something simple. I plug mine in every night. Something else that helps in cold weather is turning on your high idle. I see yours is an LT so I'm hoping you have the redundant radio controls on your steering wheel and can access your DIC (Driver's Information Center) as well. When I push the button "i" it says "VEHICLE SETTINGS" and you can keep hitting the button to scroll through options until it says "ENGINE HIGH IDLE-OFF" and then hit the <- return button below to change it to "ON" . What that does is increases the idle to around 1000rpm's when it's cold at start-up.
    Darcy
    Washington State
    2006 Silverado 2500HD LT3 4X4 CC SB Duramax LBZ
    Tuff Country 6" lift, 35" Toyo M/T's on 20" Ultra Peacemaker wheels, Quadzilla Stealth2 programmer, Diamond Eye 5" cat-back exhaust, factory Special order color Yellow.

  9. #9

    Default

    I already use the high idle & it does work great but the other morning when I started it, it whined so bad & didn't sound right. It's really cold here.

  10. #10

    Default

    I'm confused. I tried this morning again with that extension cord & it tripped. Then, I tried a different cord & it didn't trip. THEN, I tried plugging something else in with the original cord & it worked fine.

    So, that cord doesn't like my truck or something but I'm just happy my truck is good to go!

    Thanks for everyone's help!

Page 1 of 4 123 ... Last Post byLast Post by

Similar Threads

  1. Duramax Engine Block Heater Plug Question - Where's it at?
    By Brews in forum GM Diesel & DuraMax
    Replies: 32
    Last: 01-23-2013, 04:43 PM
  2. Block Heater Battery
    By keith4hunter in forum GM Diesel & DuraMax
    Replies: 5
    Last: 05-17-2010, 09:39 PM
  3. Block Heater
    By dgfal in forum GM Powertrain
    Replies: 3
    Last: 10-30-2008, 11:01 AM
  4. block heater?
    By ss_silverado_phoneix99325 in forum Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)
    Replies: 3
    Last: 12-04-2007, 05:40 PM
  5. Block heater info.
    By Tachyon in forum Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)
    Replies: 6
    Last: 02-15-2007, 04:11 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •