Still plays with tractors
Join Date: Dec 2007
Re: Block heater (what are you using?)
Well, as a follow up to all this mess, I did end up sticking with this heater and I'm sure glad I did. I ordered some new o'rings for it (a couple, just in case) along with the new freeze plug (again, just in case). I also found out the correct sealant to use so I was prepared to go to war. Once I removed the heater, I saw the problem. The o'ring was pinched and deformed in the hole and couldn't seal. It always did fit rather loose. The new o'rings fit much better and once I slid it into the hole, I knew it would work. It was a completely different fit. It just felt right. No leaks now and I gotta say, I love the heater. I plug it in for 30 minutes prior to using the tractor and the thing starts like it's summer. This also resulted in the operating temperature going back up to where it should be. In this case, a little patience went a long way. I'm in PA and bought the tractor in PA but I want to give a big shout out to Jason at Roudebush Equipment in Westfield, IN. I bought the heater from him. He worked with me (put up with me) and helped me get this right along with setting me up with the right sealer and parts for success. Now I'm ready for the snow we're supposed to get this coming weekend. Thanks for everyone's input and I hope this helps someone else.
I said I work on them; I never said I fix them!
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