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Block Heater Cord

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Have any of you disassembled the Block Heater Cord? Mine is starting to experience stress where the wiring enters the plug. I'm assuming it comes apart since it has a plastic hex nut threaded into the plug body that is designed to accept a wrench. Seems pretty simple except I didn't know what to expect inside. Didn't want to open it up only to find it doesn't go back together without excessive grief.

 

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Gland is at cable end. There must be means to open out from the front. Should not be much rocket science to these. 

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I may be replacing mine also, and am thinking just maybe the household type plug is a better design, simply because IF you do somehow forget to unplug the cable and drive away I will simply unplug and fall away and not rip the plug out of the car?
Just a thought..?

 

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16 hours ago, tolsen said:

Gland is at cable end. There must be means to open out from the front. Should not be much rocket science to these. 

 

Correct. By removing the hex nut from the cable end and then carefully holding the "Gland" (protected with a cloth) with a set of channel locks, you can spin the barrel and un-thread it. It didn't come apart easily as there are 3 rubber grommets tightly holding it all together. I left the wiring as is, since it was still working. The insulation sheath on the cable had broken where it was connected to the clamp. I simply put the cable in the sun to warm it up and then worked (stretched) a long section of the sheath towards the plug until the 2 met again, as shown below.

 

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Sorry, not a very exciting thread, but maybe someone else has the same problem.

 

 

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