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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 12-07-2013, 11:22 AM
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Block heater cord replacement/splicing

Hey new here. My 97 328i's block heater plugs got mangled and I 100% need it cuz it's already -30 here. Just wondering if it's easy to replace the entire cord or should I just splice the plug? Any advice and/or links to show me how to replace the cord would be great. thanks again.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:34 AM
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Welcome to the fest, and keep your -30 weather up there, please!

If you don't know how to splice an electric plug, please take it to an electrician. I don't want to be responsible for you getting electrocuted by attempting to tell you how to do it via the Interwebz.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:41 AM
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Yeah, I bet that cord can be repaired easily without having to replace the whole thing.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:52 AM
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Agreed. If it's just the plug, it's super simple, but like they say, if you have to ask how to do it, you don't need to be doing it yourself.

Here you go, but I'm not responsible if you fry yourself or your car.

Edit: dammit, it won't let me embed a video URL. What the??????

SEARCH Google for "replacing electrical plug". There are dozens of videos
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:58 AM
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Crap, Karl, what's changed? I can't embed a Youtube video any longer????
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:05 PM
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Welcome to the fest, and keep your -30 weather up there, please!

If you don't know how to splice an electric plug, please take it to an electrician. I don't want to be responsible for you getting electrocuted by attempting to tell you how to do it via the Interwebz.
Thanks lol. I've done it a long time ago when I did woodworking and made lamps etc but just want to make sure.

Strip the rubber, seperate the cords. Green is ground, white is neutral, black is hot?

Green to green screw I know is the really impt one. Black to brass and white to silver screw?

I figure it's something simple and I gotta know how to do it. How is one supposed to learn without trying...granted I get your worried bout my car lol thanks!
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:08 PM
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Yup, you got it. Point the 'tail" of the stripped wire in the direction the screw tightens so it will pull it in rather than push it out when you snug up the screws.

How'd the old plug get mangled?
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:10 PM
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Yup, you got it. Point the 'tail" of the stripped wire in the direction the screw tightens so it will pull it in rather than push it out when you snug up the screws.

How'd the old plug get mangled?
thanks! good to know. It came loose out of the holder and it was dragging on the ground for about a week or so before I noticed in the summer. Boneheaded move but I usually don't look at that cord....especially in the summer (even if summer here is ~2.5 months)
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:12 PM
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If it's a polarized plug, the smaller prong on the plug is the hot and the large prong is the neutral regardless of what metal they used for what side. In reality, your block heater won't care either way......
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:17 PM
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It's going to be a three-prong plug. I had one on my 635CSi. The car was bought new by one of the Miami Dolphins in 1985. He lived in Michigan, so he used the block heater while up there. You can see the plug and cord laying on the front bumper in this picture, just before I loaded it on the trailer to bring it home.
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Crap, Karl, what's changed? I can't embed a Youtube video any longer????
You should be able to. I'll post a video of an Enzo spinning it's tires in slow motion just to check if it still works...



Edit: Yep, still works if you use the "Share" link. Sorry for the poor choice of music...
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