Anybody that has been on recently may have seen that my 2014 3.7 experienced a catastrophic engine failure at just over a thousand miles. It turned out that a rod bearing (#1) shattered, likely caused by oil starvation from a cold start. It took the dealer 12 days to get a new engine shipped and installed and an additional 5 days to locate and seal a water leak (at the bottom of the windshield, passenger side)
Those 17 days without my car gave me a lot of time to research several topics, one of them being the oil system. I came across an article on thecarbibles.com (Car Bibles : The Engine Oil Bible
) that referenced something called an engine pre-oiler. Here is a link to the websitePre-Oiler
It all seems legit, but I have yet to see anything in the forums that talks about it. Seems to be a very inexpensive insurance policy against cold-start damage. Has anyone seen/tried this thing out? I've seen much reference to the fact that most engine wear occurs during the first couple of minutes during/after start-up. Then again I just read a ton of material about oil viscosity and think that a pre-oiler would be good for that initial crank but becomes moot since operating temperature is minutes away. "It is said that 90 percent of engine wear occurs at startup. If we are interested in engine longevity then we should concentrate our attention at reducing engine wear at startup."- A E Haas; Motor Oil 101 - Bob is the Oil Guy - Bob is the Oil Guy
Sorry if the links above are messed up, I'm kinda new at posting. At any rate, I have decided that my next two mods will probably be addressing the preservation of my (again) new engine, so they will likely be an Oil Catch Can and the Engine Pre-oiler, unless you can talk me out of them...
Anyone interested in the pre-oiler, it runs $250 and if 5 are bought together, they run $200. (buy 4 get 1 free)
Please ignore the sad face, I cant figure out why its there.