For Canadian winters, the car has a built-in engine block
heater, powered by 120v house current. Last spring the third
pin (ground) detached from the male connector. Do I
really need it, i.e. do I really need grounding, when the
block heater is powered up (max. 3 hours) ?
Functionally, no, it's just safety ground, the neutral carries the
return path current.
Given the application and that w/ snow and all so is damp environment
I'd probably repair it for that reason (safety, that is).
On Saturday, October 26, 2013 10:24:34 AM UTC-4, dpb wrote:
The car is also sitting on rubber tires. If the hot shorts to
the engine, now the whole car is energized. Walk out when
the ground is damp, grab the metal door handle, not a good thing.
If it's plugged into a GFCI outlet, like new garage, outdoor
wiring has, then that should prevent harm, but there isn't
any guarantee where the heater will be used. Easy enough to
put a new plug on it.
Sure, you can only replace the cord. Think safety.
All our cars came with block heater but haven't use them.
In old days when cars had carbs. we always did.
Also A/C system is now automatic climate control. As soon as
engine satrts running car interior gets warm air right away.
They may not sell cord only, then you have get heater and only use the
cord from it. Or you can replace the plug yourself.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.