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Haha - yes I agree, late Jan through to the end of Feb we were pretty chilly up here too. Northern Alberta was -43C (-45F) and that is not counting the wind chill factor - yikes...
Yeah that's cold! You should grab your cocoa butter, beach towel, and short pants and come to Wisconsin for February!
 

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A block heater in a Duramax is a nice-to-have, not a must-have. They cut the cord because it is quick, easy and effective if the problem is a fire hazard in the system. So far I don't think anyone has said whether it is a cord that is inadequate or a heater that draws too much current but what ever it is the cord starts a fire. Never a good thing.

It is not right that they are selling known defective parts but looking at it from GM's point of view, they can't just stop selling trucks until they are all fixed. They also can't afford to handle a bunch of claims from burnt up trucks. I can sympathize with what they are doing but they need to tell people about it up front.

I think it is a typical case of corporate think: What they don't know won't cost us money. Actually back in May when the problem first appeared GM told the dealers to stop selling the trucks but that didn't hold up when it became obvious that the fix would take month to resolve. Snip, Snip, and we're back in the truck business.
 

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Wind chill means nothing to your engine.


Yes I understand that windchill does not reduce the engine temp to below ambient. What it does do is drop the temp of a warm engine quicker and strips heat away from an engine that is plugged in, meaning you have to plug it in for a longer period of time for it to warm up as much as it is going to


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Well, if that is -8 Canadian degrees it is only +14 in American degrees which means the heater wouldn't run anyway because the switch built into the cord would not turn it on for another 14 degrees. Or maybe you were counting in our flaky units?

Isn't it fun what the EPA makes us do? No EPA = no testing of the IAT against the ECT = no codes = no problem.
 

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Called dealership here in Bismarck, North Dakota as we just got hit with a crazy blizzard the past couple days and it got me thinking about this recall that i havent heard anymore on sense the paper what was mailed out. They told me that gm still doesnt have a fix and they didnt see one in the foreseeable future yet. Unbelievable when you buy a 70k truck and they dont even seem to care to fix the problem.
 

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I agree it sucks... but a block heater is a block heater... find a GM one (or pull yours) and find an aftermarket one w similar heat look and plug size...

I think thats where we will all end up...

Or buy an aftermarket cord... they are out there...
 

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I agree it sucks... but a block heater is a block heater...
Reminds of the little heat element I replaced in the RV water heater. :rofl
Nothing Tech-y to it.
 

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I agree it sucks... but a block heater is a block heater...
Reminds of the little heat element I replaced in the RV water heater. <img src="http://www.duramaxforum.com/forum/images/smilies/rofl[1].gif" border="0" alt="" title="Rofl" class="inlineimg" />
Nothing Tech-y to it.
If it wasn't for the hassle of having to dump all my coolant and then re purge the system I would have done it already. And although it's really not that big of a deal I haven't got the time right now
 

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If it wasn't for the hassle of having to dump all my coolant and then re purge the system I would have done it already. And although it's really not that big of a deal I haven't got the time right now
Nor should you have to, or any of us for that matter. It's getting to be winter for most folks in the northern hemisphere. I don't know how often I would use a block heater in NJ, but it's high time GM got this resolved. IMHO, this is the type of nonsense that makes people suspicious of their engineering in general.
 

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If it wasn't for the hassle of having to dump all my coolant and then re purge the system I would have done it already. And although it's really not that big of a deal I haven't got the time right now
Nor should you have to, or any of us for that matter. It's getting to be winter for most folks in the northern hemisphere. I don't know how often I would use a block heater in NJ, but it's high time GM got this resolved. IMHO, this is the type of nonsense that makes people suspicious of their engineering in general.

I agree. And it's absurd that they haven't come up with a replacement for it yet. Although I wouldn't be completely surprised that this is not a GM item and probably a third party source.

They've had more than enough time since the initial problem was identified to find an alternate vendor to make new cords or a whole new block heater and cord assembly
 

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Not that I would probably ever use it living in the southern Midwest. But as others have stated, it is ridiculous that there is not a fix on a truck this expensive. Most GM folks are loyal to the brand but stuff like this sometimes makes us rethink it. At least I do. But at least it isn’t like ford where they are replacing engines with reman ones.
 

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But at least it isn’t like ford where they are replacing engines with reman ones.
:rofl
GM does the same.

 

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Getting tired of waiting for GM to fix this - WTF this is not new technology....

I am considering getting one of these and sticking it on the oil pan. For what I paid for this truck I shouldn't have to do this but winter is coming and I don't like the thought of starting the truck at -40 (F or C same thing - cold, damn cold). They also have a 125 watt one. I will measure and see which will fit better...
 

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It's a matter of production.
There's no warehouse of new engine inventory in Moraine. Each engine built has already been allocated to a VIN on the line in Flint. Almost an on-time inventory with the new engine arriving when it's ready to be dropped in the frame.

Rare is an engine failure compared to the over 2M made. So the warranty engine production is a separate thing from the new production line.

Or that's way I understood it.
 
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