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Just got my new Colorado Diesel and I can't find the cord for the block heater. According to the window sticker, it has it, but I can't find it anywhere.
 

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Got it, Thanks! It was sort of bunched up just behind the battery. Couldn't see it, but I found it feeling around behind the battery.
 

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The actual block heating element is probably there but it's the cord that could be the option,Dodge started doing it that way in 2008 I believe. I ordered one on my just to be sure I had it.
 

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The actual block heating element is probably there but it's the cord that could be the option,Dodge started doing it that way in 2008 I believe. I ordered one on my just to be sure I had it.
If your Colorado was not ordered with a block heater, the heating element is not installed in the engine block. GM does not ship the engines with a block heater minus the plug. I have checked a non block heater truck.
 

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If your Colorado was not ordered with a block heater, the heating element is not installed on the engine block. GM does not ship the engines with a block heater minus the plug. I have checked a non block heater truck.
Installed the GM block heater today, it is approximately a 3.5 to 4 hour job with all the correct tools. The $75.00 charge for the block heater option is worth every penny!! If I ordered any diesel or gasoline truck, I would be damn sure that the dealer checked off the " block heater" option !!

There must be 3 reasons why the dealer does not order there trucks with block heaters;
1 They are trying to save the $75 option
2 The employee who orders the truck assumes the diesel comes with a block heater or
3 They dealer is not diesel educated and knows nothing about diesels which is probably more true than not
 

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Here is the threaded core plug above the starter you will need to remove. It is not in very tight and takes a 19 mm Allen socket or a bar stock which can be turned with a socket wrench.
 

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I live in Ohio, and my truck didn't come with a block heater. Is this going to be a problem, this is my first diesel so I have no idea what winter is going to mean for me and my truck. Is it bad to use remote start in the winter?
 

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I live in Ohio, and my truck didn't come with a block heater. Is this going to be a problem, this is my first diesel so I have no idea what winter is going to mean for me and my truck. Is it bad to use remote start in the winter?
No, I do not think you will have a problem starting your truck. It will start on cold winter mornings without a problem. There are many places I visit in the winter which do not afford me the opportunity to plug my truck into a 110 volt line. My diesels have always started down to below 0 deg. F
 

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is this a big job?
For myself, and my mechanical background, I do not think this is a big job. It cannot be rushed and may take someone without any true knowledge and the proper tools all day to get it done. I removed the left front wheel and inner fender liner to gain access to the core plug. I released the steel line clamp from the trans bell housing bolts and was able to move the lines a bit to allow access to the core plug for removal. I took my time doing the install and it was a 3.5 hr job. I did not waste any coolant as I captured it and re-filtered it before adding back into the expansion tank. Someone who likes to rush and does not care about damaging something could do it in less time. I enjoy working on vehicles so when I am done, it is difficult to tell I was " in there" at all. Meaning, there is nothing missing or damaged.
 

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For myself, and my mechanical background, I do not think this is a big job. It cannot be rushed and may take someone without any true knowledge and the proper tools all day to get it done. I removed the left front wheel and inner fender liner to gain access to the core plug. I released the steel line clamp from the trans bell housing bolts and was able to move the lines a bit to allow access to the core plug for removal. I took my time doing the install and it was a 3.5 hr job. I did not waste any coolant as I captured it and re-filtered it before adding back into the expansion tank. Someone who likes to rush and does not care about damaging something could do it in less time. I enjoy working on vehicles so when I am done, it is difficult to tell I was " in there" at all. Meaning, there is nothing missing or damaged.
Thanks.....I too worked on just about everything....I am just gettin OLD ....LOL
 

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I have been doing this for 49 yrs. You should not have a problem installing the block heater yourself. Just take your time and it will go smooth.
 
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