2000 Chevy Tahoe Block heater

Tiny
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET TAHOE
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  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 80,000 MILES
I bought a 2000 Z71 with the old body style from a guy who moved up from Arizona and he didnt get the block heater installed from the dealer. I want to put one in but I dont know where it goes on the engine block. I did some research online and I found that there is a port right above the oil filter I took a look and there is a plugged hole above the filter. Is the right spot for the block heater if it is how does that plug come out. If not where does it go? Thanks
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 12:06 AM

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Tiny
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For a Tahoe, 4WD, I show 4 different engines. We need to know which one you have. I show a 4.8L VIN V, a 5.3L VIN T, a 5.7L VIN R, and 6.5L DSL Turbo VIN S. The letter is the 8th item in the VIN number.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 12:23 AM
Tiny
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 2:50 AM
Tiny
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It sounds like you have the freeze plug type heater. You have to remove a freeze plug from the engine block with a big flat blade screwdriver or chisel. It doesn't matter which plug. Just find one that is easy to get to. Another option is to get a block heater that splices into the lower radiator hose. They are much less difficult to install and are less prone to leaks. You can pick them up at most aftermarket parts stores.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 8:19 AM
Tiny
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Hello -

Thanks for the info on the engine.

Here is what you need. Although this is for the removal and installation of the heater itself, it will show you where it goes etc.

Removal Procedure


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Drain the engine coolant. Refer to Draining and Filling Cooling System.
Remove the heater cord from the engine coolant heater (2).
Loosen the bolt retaining the engine coolant heater to the block.
Remove the engine coolant heater from the engine block.
If the vehicle is not originally equipped with an engine coolant heater, remove the coolant jacket plug.
Carefully tap the coolant plug near the outer edge.
Rotate the coolant plug out of the core plug hole. Do not score the machined surface of the hole.
Grasp the plug with pliers.
Pull the plug from the engine block.
Clean the core plug hole in order to remove the following substances:
Burrs
Compound
Paint
Rough spots

Installation Procedure


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Coat the O-ring seal (2) and the cleaned surface of the plug opening with water resistant high-temperature grease lubricant GM P/N 9985164 or the equivalent. Important: Avoid element contact with the inside walls of the engine block.
Install the coolant heater by pushing tightly into the engine block.


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Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.

Tighten the bolt on the engine coolant heater until both of the locking wings draw tightly against the inner wall of the engine block.
Tighten the bolt in order to retain the engine coolant heater to the engine block to 2 Nm (18 inch lbs.) .


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Important: Do not allow the heater cord to touch the following areas:

The engine
Hot pipes
The manifold
Any moving parts.
Install the heater cord to the coolant heater (2).
Route the heater cord.
Fill the radiator and the engine with engine coolant. Refer to Draining and Filling Cooling System.
Inspect the system for leaks.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 9:21 AM
Tiny
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Where are the freeze plugs located?
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 5:16 PM
Tiny
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Hello

You want to install the block heater in the correct position. If you look at the first pic, the #1 is the location of the freeze plug and the positon the heater goes. It is located under the drivers exhaust manifold.

Look at your block heater = if it has threads on it then the plug on the engine screws out. If it has a rubber piece on it and when you tighten the bolt or nut the rubber expands then you remove the freeze plug by pulling it out. You can poke a hole in it and stick a 90 degree angle tool in it and pull it out.

Hope this helps.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 10:58 PM

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