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Old 01-01-2018, 10:18 AM
Ferdinand910 Ferdinand910 is offline
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Default Block Heater Trouble

So as some of you might know there has been a pretty brutal cold snap across Canada this past week or so and my block heater picked the worst week to kick the bucket.
I've searched almost everywhere on the Internet and Youtube and there is nothing on how to change the block heater cord or where to even access the end that goes into the block. I have a Haynes repair manual but that didn't provide any solution either. Putting a volt meter to the prongs of the plug will get you a connection for like 1-2 seconds and then you will get nothing back.
So its either the cord is garbage or my block heater is burned out but I highly doubt that is the case since it was working the week prior to this cold snap.
I have a 2007 Ranger with the 4.0 SOHC. So any help would be appreciated! Its supposed to be warming up soon so hopefully I can get to work on it.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:17 PM
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Default Re: Block Heater Trouble

Volt meter or Ohm meter? It is more common for the element to burn out unless there is actual visual damage to the cord. Poorly maintained coolant can cause a corrosive situation and is hard on them. IMO it'd be best to just replace the whole thing.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:54 PM
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IMO it'd be best to just replace the whole thing.
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Old 01-01-2018, 02:47 PM
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You should consider running 0w/20 synthetic oil since the temperatures have been very low.
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:30 PM
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Even though itís really cold, do not run anything except 5w30. Switch to synthetic itís less effected by temperature. Ford back specíd all their engines to 5w20 except the 4.0 SOHC which stayed at 5W30 and using any other oil voided the warranty. There must be a good reason for this. Maybe a portable block heater.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:02 PM
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So as some of you might know there has been a pretty brutal cold snap across Canada this past week or so and my block heater picked the worst week to kick the bucket.
I've searched almost everywhere on the Internet and Youtube and there is nothing on how to change the block heater cord or where to even access the end that goes into the block. I have a Haynes repair manual but that didn't provide any solution either. Putting a volt meter to the prongs of the plug will get you a connection for like 1-2 seconds and then you will get nothing back.
So its either the cord is garbage or my block heater is burned out but I highly doubt that is the case since it was working the week prior to this cold snap.
I have a 2007 Ranger with the 4.0 SOHC. So any help would be appreciated! Its supposed to be warming up soon so hopefully I can get to work on it.
Double check for continuity or resistance at plug prong. It was - 37 C where I live yesterday and as I was attempting to plug in the Ranger last night, the plug broke clean in my hands. Closer inspection revealed badly corroded wires at the plug. With ohm meter connected, a wiggle test might show this on yours. Before changing the whole wire, try the wiggle test and maybe even inspect the condition of the wires at the plug. If in dought, cut the wires at plug and intall new plug.

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