Why should I choose Universal Preheaters™?

The Winter Benefits of the Universal Engine Oil Preheaters™: HOT LUBE OIL on start up.Diesel, gasoline and LPG fueled engines are designed to extract useable horsepower from the fuel used to operate them. These engines are sized according to the work expected to be accomplished by each one. When the ambient temperature is at or above 40°F, starting and operating follow a usual pattern. To produce effective horsepower/work however, the engine should be allowed to reach operating temperature in the general range of 180°F before beginning work.

Long life for engines is related to the effectiveness of the lubricating system for the internal parts. Once the engine reaches operating temperature it is assumed that all of the internal components are properly lubricated. This includes the rocker arms and valves, piston rings and cylinder walls, main bearings and rod bearings. Hot lube oil on starting insures oil pressure to all of these components.

When the engine is shut down the lube oil on/in the internal components drains down into the oil pan. When starting again cold, by imposing the work load before the operating temperature is reached, horsepower demands stress each of the components and accelerates the internal wear. Repeating this practice regularly may shorten the useable life of the engine.

Installing the Peel N Stick Universal Preheater™ on the outside of the oil pan, sized according to the volume in the pan, delivers hot oil at the lube oil pickup tube and produces near instant oil pressure to all of the internal components. Keeping that lube oil hot during shut down periods reduces the load at start up and helps to extend the useful life of the engine.

A conventional block heater installed through a freeze plug in the side of the block to keep the engine warm also creates a potential coolant leak site and should be inspected periodically to avoid engine damage. By contrast the Universal Preheater™ permanently mounts on the outside of the oil pan and never invades the cooling system. It cannot cause a coolant leak.

In addition the block heater in the cooling system must be large enough to heat the entire cooling system to be effective. The heat produced by the block heater never reaches the lube oil because heat rises. The block heater helps to make starting easier, but the oil in the engine pan is still cold and sluggish. In very cold weather the engine upon starting may make scraping and friction noises indicating a lack of lubrication. When the lube oil reaches those surfaces the scraping and friction noises disappear. With the Universal Preheater™ keeping lube oil hot in the pan on a cold start such noises will not be present or will be greatly reduced. Such noises on startup indicate accelerated wear on engine components.

The heat provided by the Universal Preheater™ rises from the hot oil in the pan up into the interior of the engine warming the components. The electrical cost for operating the Universal Preheater™ is from 1/3 to 1⁄2 less than the typical block heater electrical cost.

The hot engine oil in the pan reduces the warm up time and the engine is ready to deliver full horsepower sooner and that produces economic benefits. Another concern, without the Universal Preheater™ on the oil pan in cold temperatures, 40°F or colder, condensation forms after shutdown on the internal parts and drips down into the lube oil. The water combines with the by-products of combustion and forms acid that can lead to etching of the bearings. And, as operators know, water in the engine oil does not lubricate well, also contributing to a shortened engine life. The lube oil may turn to a milky color because of the water in the oil.

When the Universal Preheater™ is activated continuously during down periods, water in the oil is driven out through the breather. In very cold weather, engine users have reported icicles forming on the crankcase breather indicating that water in the oil is being expelled through the breather because of the action of the Universal Preheater™ keeping the oil hot.

Warranted for three years, the Universal Preheater™ is expected to last the life of the component. The Universal Preheater™. Installed on transmissions, hydraulic reservoirs and gear boxes in the power train also benefit from hot fluid/oil and lube. Heated hydraulic and transmission oil and gear box lube insures adequate lubrication in these components and helps to reduce the drag/load imposed on the engine by cold starts.

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