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post #1 of 39 Old 11-20-2013, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Engine Block Heater, short cord

Has anyone figured out how to use the extremely short engine block heater cord Ford puts in the 2014 FE? It really doesn't fit outside of the engine compartment without separating the connections.
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post #2 of 39 Old 11-20-2013, 03:58 PM
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Has anyone figured out how to use the extremely short engine block heater cord Ford puts in the 2014 FE? It really doesn't fit outside of the engine compartment without separating the connections.
Here you go - from the manual, page 127:

We recommend that you do the following for a safe and correct operation:
• Use a 16-gauge outdoor extension cord that is product certified by Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA). This extension cord must be suitable for use outdoors, in cold temperatures, and be clearly marked Suitable for Use with Outdoor Appliances. Do not use an indoor extension cord outdoors. This could result in an electric shock or become a fire hazard.
• Use as short an extension cord as possible.
• Do not use multiple extension cords.
• Make sure that when in operation, the extension cord plug and heater cord plug connections are free and clear of water. This could cause an electric shock or fire.
• Make sure your vehicle is parked in a clean area, clear of combustibles.
• Make sure the heater, heater cord and extension cord are firmly connected.
• Check for heat anywhere in the electrical hookup once the system has been operating for approximately 30 minutes.

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Thankfully here in NYC all I need is the remote start but for you make sure you use the proper equipment to not cause a fire. I believe the cord is so short because they want the connection to the extension cord protected from most of the elements
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Don't have one so I can't reply other than to ask...you mean to plug it in you have to open the hood? That would make no sense IMO.
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Don't have one so I can't reply other than to ask...you mean to plug it in you have to open the hood? That would make no sense IMO.
No you run the plug through the grill usually but yes the hood needs to be open to connect everything. You just don't leave it open
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I grew up in northern MN and am familiar with block heaters and oil pan heaters, but don't have one on my FE since I now live in the comparitively tropical Iowa. After the initial install of the heater, I've never had to open the hood to connect. I took the OP as saying that the connection wasn't long enough to route it through the grill, which would require opening the hood to connect every time. That was the clarification I was seeking.
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Has anyone figured out how to use the extremely short engine block heater cord Ford puts in the 2014 FE? It really doesn't fit outside of the engine compartment without separating the connections.
I'm having the same issue as Jon Scudder and I don't think anyone has answered his question yet. The instructions from the manual posted by Bjeans are of no help. The block heater cord, even when unclipped and pulled out as far as it will go, still looks too short to get through the grill-if you can figure out how to get it through the grill since the rad is enclosed pretty tightly. I haven't spent a whole bunch of time playing with it, but if I figure it out will post. Maybe Jon Scudder has a solution by now?
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I'm having the same issue as Jon Scudder and I don't think anyone has answered his question yet. The instructions from the manual posted by Bjeans are of no help. The block heater cord, even when unclipped and pulled out as far as it will go, still looks too short to get through the grill
Isn't that why the manual says to use an extension cord?

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Isn't that why the manual says to use an extension cord?
You always use an extension cord but it usually plugs into the block heater cord on the outside of the grill. The block heater cord on my 2013 Escape seems too short to get it through the grill to plug into the extension cord. I suppose you could use two extension cords-a short one to get through the grill which would then plug into the longer one that plugs into an outlet, but I don't think that's what the manual is suggesting. It's probably something simple I'm too dumb to grasp at the moment, but in 45 years of using a block heater, I haven't had this problem before.
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