Block heater cord

By Bish B.

The engine block heater cord on my 2013 Escape is not long enough to pass outside of the front grill where folks living in cold country can easily access it perhaps 3-4 times a day. The idea is to have the plug readily available in or near the front grill wherein the driver can easily plug in their appropriate length extension cord to reach the appropriate electrical outlet..
Ford Social 01/23/2014
According to the owner’s manual the following steps must be taken:

  • a. The system can be connected to a grounded 120 volt AC electrical source.
  • b. Use a 16-gauage outdoor extension cord that is OK for outdoor use — Do not use an indoor extension cord.
  • c. Use as short an extension cord as possible and do not use multiple cords.
  • d. Make sure the vehicle is parked in a clear area, clear of combustibles.
  • e. Make sure the heater, heater cord and extension cord are firmly connected.
  • f. Check for heat anywhere in the electrical hookup once the system has been operating approximately 30 minutes.

These steps are listed in more detail on page 138/423 in the owner’s manual. A digital version of the owner’s manual can be found at Select “Vehicle Basics” from the drop down menu and then select “Owner’s Manuals --> “2013 Escape.”

Ford Social Moderation Team
Gary B 12/07/2013
I'm struggling with the same issue as Bish B.  The block heater cord is too short on my 2013 Escape to get through the grill in order to plug it in without having to keep opening the hood.  Are we both missing something?  Any suggestions/solutions?