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How Do I Install a Block Heater on a F-350 Turbo Diesel?

by Sameca Pandova

Engine block heaters allow you to keep the engine block and oil pan of your truck warm even the vehicle is parked in cold weather conditions. This is particularly useful for diesel engines since diesel fuel will gel in cold weather. This is why Ford factory-installs block heaters into heavy-duty F350 models equipped with the 6.0-liter Powerstroke engine. Setting up the factory block heater is a simple process of determining whether your F350 has the power cord already attached, or if you need to purchase one separately.

Step 1

Slide under your F350's front passenger wheel well and locate the the block heater plug, which is a round threaded unit mounted to the left of the engine block freeze plug, just above the starter. The block heater is integrated into the engine block, so all you will see is the power cord plug-in. All F-350 6.0-liter Powerstroke engines are factory-equipped with a block heater. Purchasing the block heater option simply adds the power cord for connection.

Step 2

Look behind the passenger side front tow hook for the engine block heater power cord. Ford bundles the cord out of the way behind the tow hook so it will not drag or get caught on anything. If you do not see the power cord there, you can order one from your local Ford dealership.

Plug the power cord into the block heater. After you remove the power cord from its position behind the front passenger tow hook, connect it to the block heater plug-in, and then run the power cord to a standard three-prong electrical outlet.

Items you will need

  • Block heater power cord

About the Author

Based near Chicago, Sameca Pandova has been writing since 1995 and now contributes to various websites. He is an attorney with experience in health care, family and criminal prosecution issues. Pandova holds a Master of Laws in health law from Loyola University Chicago, a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Case Western.

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