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Tooth wrangler 10-09-2013 02:43 PM

Block heater
 
Anyone have one?? Do I have to have dealer install??

Tooth wrangler 10-09-2013 02:44 PM

Sorry....2013 jku

the_saint 10-09-2013 02:58 PM

The block heater was already installed on my 2013 JKUS from the dealership.

The plug/wire was wrapped up and stuffed behid the battery on the driver side in the engine bay.

Check there first.

Peter T 10-09-2013 03:02 PM

I found mine on a 2012 JKU just poking around under the hood after I got it. Mine was at the front drivers side.

FXnut 10-09-2013 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by the_saint (Post 5228129)
The block heater was already installed on my 2013 JKUS from the dealership.

The plug/wire was wrapped up and stuffed behid the battery on the driver side in the engine bay.

Check there first.


Same here on my '14 JKUR

quartermiler 10-09-2013 09:42 PM

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The block heater in my '14 JKUR was installed by Jeep during the build process. My cord is on the driver side of the engine compartment behind the power terminals and washer fluid container. It is not near the battery as stated by the manual. You can see the cord on the pic with a red arrow pointed to it. The battery (located at the right rear of the engine compartment) has no block heater cord anywhere near it.

Peter T 10-09-2013 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by quartermiler (Post 5239017)
The block heater in my '14 JKUR was installed by Jeep during the build process. My cord is on the driver side of the engine compartment behind the power terminals and washer fluid container. It is not near the battery as stated by the manual. You can see the cord on the pic with a red arrow pointed to it. The battery (located at the right rear of the engine compartment) has no block heater cord anywhere near it.

That's where I found mine in my 2012.

roadrunner58 10-10-2013 05:42 AM

I ran my cord out to the drivers side of the grill for easy power plug in access.

FXnut 10-10-2013 06:27 AM

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Originally Posted by FXnut (Post 5235321)
Same here on my '14 JKUR


Sorry, brain fart !

My cord is as you have described below, on the left side of my engine bay.

Michel347 10-10-2013 07:41 AM

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My cord is on the driver side of the engine compartment behind the power terminals and washer fluid container
Yep! Mine is there as well.

TOK 10-10-2013 09:01 AM

Does this just go to a freeze plug location in the block? I didn't even know this was an option. My Jeep will sit a lot during the week in cold weather (I have a company vehicle) and this would be nice so the oil gets circulating quicker.

the_saint 10-10-2013 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by the_saint (Post 5228129)
The block heater was already installed on my 2013 JKUS from the dealership.

The plug/wire was wrapped up and stuffed behind the battery on the driver side in the engine bay.

Check there first.


Sorry, as stated it is on the driver's side of the engine bay, but was not behind the battery (couldn't remember what I saw when I looked for it a month ago).


After thinking of the upcoming winter I was worried that I didn't have a block heater, so went out and looked for it. The dealership said that they are standard on Canadian Jeeps.

Michel347 10-10-2013 12:58 PM

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The dealership said that they are standard on Canadian Jeeps.
They are, in fact I think it is a rule for all vehicule in Canada. When used the right way, with a timer it reduces the emissions.

Vehicle Warm-Up | Office of Energy Efficiency

Tooth wrangler 10-12-2013 05:31 PM

Mine didn't come with. Install experiences??

jkjeeper06 10-12-2013 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Tooth wrangler (Post 5313841)
Mine didn't come with. Install experiences??

I know you have to pull the freeze plug and to do that, usually they have to drain the coolant and refill new stuff so there is an added cost.

I've never pulled freeze plugs so I'm not sure how hard it is. My guess is that its probably a dealer job

ADee1 10-13-2013 06:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Tooth wrangler (Post 5313841)
Mine didn't come with. Install experiences??

You have to remove a freeze-out plug to install it. If you want to get your oil circulating faster get an oil pan heater. My dad used a Wolverine oil pan heater, they're very good, and extremely easy to install, much easier than one that warms the coolant. It simply glues onto the bottom of the oil pan, and heats the oil. It is on the lowest point of the engine, and heat rises. To protect the engine you really are better off with an oil pan heater. The factory installed block heater is good, for warming up the cabin and getting the windows defrosted, but the oil pan heater is better for easier starts, and getting the oil warm faster. If I were you I'd look into the Wolverine oil pan heater. Both are good, ease of installation and better oil flow when cold go to the oil pan heater though. They're a snap to install yourself and no worries about a leaking freeze out plug if someone botches the block heater install.

Tooth wrangler 10-13-2013 02:23 PM

Thanks ! Can't wait to research!!

2five22 10-13-2013 02:32 PM

Synthetic oil makes oil pan heaters redundant and they may interfere with skid plates/engine armor.

I'd opt for synthetic oil and a block heater on a JK with armor in cold climes.

ADee1 10-14-2013 07:54 AM

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Originally Posted by 2five22 (Post 5332425)
Synthetic oil makes oil pan heaters redundant and they may interfere with skid plates/engine armor.

I'd opt for synthetic oil and a block heater on a JK with armor in cold climes.

Good point about the skid plates, but it still might be worth looking into. As far as redundant with synthetic oil, that depends on how cold it gets. When I lived in NY I always used synthetic oil, and noticed a tremendous improvement in cold starts and how much quicker the oil came up to temp when I went to the house my family had in the PA mountains during the winter.

DANNY-L 10-16-2013 02:41 PM

I'm in northern ny and sol cause new 13 didn't come with one.

xzy 10-16-2013 06:41 PM

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Originally Posted by 2five22 (Post 5332425)
Synthetic oil makes oil pan heaters redundant and they may interfere with skid plates/engine armor.

Pan heaters and synthetic are not redundant...


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