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Default Engine Block Heater Plug Location?

I know I have one, my window sticker says I do.....

The manual doesn't mention it at all... and a google search resulted in nearly nothing.

Does anyone know where the plug to this block heater is?

*General information would help too IE: you need the hood open or get to it by doing A B or C*


I think this will help more than just me.

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Look toward the back of the block on either side. That's where they are a lot of the time. Not 100% sure though.
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The plug is in the lower grill opening.
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This image shows the location on the 5.0L.

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Ill have to go look tonight but from that diagram it makes it look like you need to see the bottom of the engine which if I am not mistaken is covered.
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Sometimes the power cord is still tied-up in a bundle next to the engine and not pulled through and clipped to the lower grille opening.
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Mine is in lower grill opening. Is it worth plugging this in if its garaged for the winter? Illinois can get cold!
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Mine is in lower grill opening. Is it worth plugging this in if its garaged for the winter? Illinois can get cold!
No, not with modern fuel injected cars and 5w20 oils. Most folks upstate only plug-in when the temps drop below 0'F and the cars are outside. Even then, a timer that turns it on 3-4 hours before start-up is all you need. Also, block heaters usually draw between 600-1500 watts, so unless the electric rates are dirt cheap, it can get expensive. (Check the owners manual.)

ENGINE BLOCK HEATER (IF EQUIPPED)
An engine block heater warms the engine coolant which aids in starting
and allows the heater/defroster system to respond quickly. If your vehicle
is equipped with this system, your equipment includes a heater element
which is installed in your engine block and a wire harness which allows
the user to connect the system to a grounded 120 volt A/C electrical
source. The block heater system is most effective when outdoor
temperatures reach below 0F (-18C).


How to use the engine block heater
Ensure the receptacle terminals are clean and dry prior to use. To clean
them, use a dry cloth.
Depending on the type of factory installed equipment, your engine block
heater will use .4 to 1.0 kilowatt-hours of energy per hour of use. Your
factory installed block heater system does not have a thermostat;
however, maximum temperature is attained after approximately three
hours of operation. Block heater operation longer than three hours will
not improve system performance and will unnecessarily use additional
electricity.
Make sure system is unplugged and properly stowed before driving the
vehicle. While not in use, make sure the protective cover seals the
prongs of the engine block heater cord plug.



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No, not with modern fuel injected cars and 5w20 oils. Most folks upstate only plug-in when the temps drop below 0'F and the cars are outside. Even then, a timer that turns it on 3-4 hours before start-up is all you need. Also, block heaters usually draw between 600-1500 watts, so unless the electric rates are dirt cheap, it can get expensive. (Check the owners manual.)

ENGINE BLOCK HEATER (IF EQUIPPED)
An engine block heater warms the engine coolant which aids in starting
and allows the heater/defroster system to respond quickly. If your vehicle
is equipped with this system, your equipment includes a heater element
which is installed in your engine block and a wire harness which allows
the user to connect the system to a grounded 120 volt A/C electrical
source. The block heater system is most effective when outdoor
temperatures reach below 0F (-18C).


How to use the engine block heater
Ensure the receptacle terminals are clean and dry prior to use. To clean
them, use a dry cloth.
Depending on the type of factory installed equipment, your engine block
heater will use .4 to 1.0 kilowatt-hours of energy per hour of use. Your
factory installed block heater system does not have a thermostat;
however, maximum temperature is attained after approximately three
hours of operation. Block heater operation longer than three hours will
not improve system performance and will unnecessarily use additional
electricity.
Make sure system is unplugged and properly stowed before driving the
vehicle. While not in use, make sure the protective cover seals the
prongs of the engine block heater cord plug.




Thanks man!!!!!!!
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Sounds like you should hook up a timer swich to your garage outlet set to come on 3hrs before you leave for work in the AM and the car will start easier and heat up the defroster right away. Wish I thought of this when I ordered.
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No, not with modern fuel injected cars and 5w20 oils. Most folks upstate only plug-in when the temps drop below 0'F and the cars are outside. Even then, a timer that turns it on 3-4 hours before start-up is all you need. Also, block heaters usually draw between 600-1500 watts, so unless the electric rates are dirt cheap, it can get expensive. (Check the owners manual.)

ENGINE BLOCK HEATER (IF EQUIPPED)
An engine block heater warms the engine coolant which aids in starting
and allows the heater/defroster system to respond quickly. If your vehicle
is equipped with this system, your equipment includes a heater element
which is installed in your engine block and a wire harness which allows
the user to connect the system to a grounded 120 volt A/C electrical
source. The block heater system is most effective when outdoor
temperatures reach below 0F (-18C).


How to use the engine block heater
Ensure the receptacle terminals are clean and dry prior to use. To clean
them, use a dry cloth.
Depending on the type of factory installed equipment, your engine block
heater will use .4 to 1.0 kilowatt-hours of energy per hour of use. Your
factory installed block heater system does not have a thermostat;
however, maximum temperature is attained after approximately three
hours of operation. Block heater operation longer than three hours will
not improve system performance and will unnecessarily use additional
electricity.
Make sure system is unplugged and properly stowed before driving the
vehicle. While not in use, make sure the protective cover seals the
prongs of the engine block heater cord plug.




Well, here in WI/MN certain nights *especially in Jan.* can quickly drop below -10.

Now, I don't drive the mustang in the winter but I would still feel better knowing that something in the engine wont freeze and burst when the occasional -30 --> -40 day hits.

Thanks for the information though. 600-1200W is pretty low for any electrical heater but if plugged in consistently 24/7 it could reach nearly $50 on average to run it. If you do only overnights, it wont be more than $20.
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