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Re: Warming up the Engine, OE+ filters

one piece of advice: avoid engine heaters(ie, the ones you plug in
overnight) like the plauge.

Why?  Ask any pilot of a piston aircraft that's used engine heaters.
They'll tell you that the heat causes moisture from combustion to come out
and munch on your cam shafts and stuff.  Causes lots of wear and tear.

They noticed this because all piston aircraft engines are rated with a
TBO(Time Between Overhaul) in hours; once you reach that time, the engine
is stripped down almost completely, and each part inspected.  People with
engine heaters noticed aggrivated corrosion; rust would form, and then the
rust would cause additional wear when the engine was started(not to mention
gumming up the oil filter.)  Car people probably never notice this because
your cam shaft never comes out(racers, obsessive auto people, etc.
excluded) into daylight.  Let's face it; even at 60k, your dealer certainly
doesn't take apart the engine.

On the other hand, car engines work on average at 10-20% of their power;
aircraft engines run at 90% or more.

One interesting thing that I found: OE+ filters.  They're about $4(twice as
much as a generic, but hey, it's $4) and it has two check valves at each
end of the filter and an additional bypass valve(for if the filter gets
clogged, oil still flows.)  Any experiences?  Good/bad?  Car seems happy.


Brett Dikeman
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