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    Block Heater "Noise"?

    I have used the JD 650 twice in the current sub-twenty degree temps we have been having.
    The tractor started,, but, not happily,, cough, cough,,, chug,, chug,, chugg,,,

    Today, I decided to plug in the block heater I installed some 18 months ago.

    After a few minutes,,, you could hear a sizzling noise,,
    kinda like the old immersion heaters we used 30 years ago to make instant coffee.

    I guess the noise is normal?

    On another note,, do I turn the key clockwise and hold to operate the start assist grid,,
    whatever it is called?
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    The noise is normal. My tractor and truck both do it, but it's more noticeable on the tractor.
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    After mine gets going - it sounds like a coffee percolator. But it works fine - takes about 2-3 hours for it to warm to starting temperature.
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    Over the weekend in 15* temps i found the block heater was not working on the 430 which stays in an unheated pole barn and it wasn't going to start. Without having a working block heater I used a heat gun propped on the engine for about 15 minutes then took the air intake hose off and directed it in there for a few more minutes and then cranked it over with the heat gun still on the intake. It started up smoothly, no smoking, chugging, lugging etc. Not sure if that method is right, wrong or severely dangerous but it worked and I lived to tell about it.

    I have the replacement block heater ordered, we are supposed to get 50* temps the next couple days - I hope it gets here so I can swap it out while warm.
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    It seems like the noise would indicate "burning" of the antifreeze?
    I have the Rotella "diesel" antifreeze in it now,,, that has only been in it 6 months now.
    Hmmmmm,,,,

    I have one of those magnetic heaters,, but,,,
    there is not a spot big enough to get a good attachment.

    The magnetic one helps with my 584 IH,,

    I will not be using the block heater 24/7,,,
    that noise in a hot water heater indicates the elements need replaced,
    or you need a water softener.

    Could the block heater have a similar "coating" on it,,, ?

    I guess I am just over-worrying,,,
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    Yeah - to me the block heater is NOT a 24-7 deal. I use it when I can plan ahead on using the tractor - plugging it in 2-3 hours ahead of time. If I can't plan ahead I will use the either but that's not my first choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    It seems like the noise would indicate "burning" of the antifreeze?
    I have the Rotella "diesel" antifreeze in it now,,, that has only been in it 6 months now.
    Hmmmmm,,,,

    I have one of those magnetic heaters,, but,,,
    there is not a spot big enough to get a good attachment.

    The magnetic one helps with my 584 IH,,

    I will not be using the block heater 24/7,,,
    that noise in a hot water heater indicates the elements need replaced,
    or you need a water softener.

    Could the block heater have a similar "coating" on it,,, ?

    I guess I am just over-worrying,,,
    We have a block heater on an IH 986 and the noise has been there since the tractor was delivered. This is only the second heating element over 35 years so I guess it's normal. I know it works like a charm by plugging it in 30-60 minutes ahead of starting and that tractor stays in an open pole shed.

    If I ever get a new tractor, I would have one installed right up front. It's certainly worth it even with our relatively mild temps. It was a toasty 16 this morning, much warmer than many GTTer's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    After a few minutes,,, you could hear a sizzling noise,,

    On another note,, do I turn the key clockwise and hold to operate the start assist grid,,
    whatever it is called?
    Yep! My 650 block heater made the same sounds.
    The "cold weather assist" Yes, turn the key counter clock wise and hold it.......listen for the WOOF in the intake and quickly turn to start.
    There is a little electric heating element that opens a thermal valve and allows raw fuel to drip down over the heating element from the fuel return line and into the intake manifold. The idea being to suck the flame into the cylinder.
    The block heater alone was much more effective for me from +20* and down.
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    Well,, the block heater worked great,,,
    after 3 hours, the engine was warm to the touch,
    I hit the starter switch, and it started like on a 80 degree, July day.

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    Yep, they all make that noise when they're working.
    Dad taught me at a young age to listen for that when I plugged in the tractor/pickup to ensure A) it was working and B) the cord was actually plugged in!

    I also learned the hard way last weekend that our tractors are affected by wind chills as well.
    Brought my 2320 home on an open trailer, in -15* temps, at ~75 mph. For some crazy reason it didn't want to fire right up when I pulled in the drive! Block heater plugged in, jumpers on the battery, and backed into the garage and a little over an hour later and it fired.
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