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Old 09-30-2008, 12:50 PM   #1
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Hello all. I just got a new 2008 white Ford Focus, 2 door, 5 speed, stone interior. But before I go into the questions, I have to talk abit about my experiences (yes, its a LONG post, but Im exited). After all, its my first post. Fords have been quite faithful to my family other than the ever so occasional alternator, battery, fuel pump, brakes, tires, etc... We have owned many Rangers and F-150s, as well as a few GM's, Dodges, and Toyotas. My dads 1980's U-Haul Econoline with a 460 V-8 had 750,000, yes 750 thousand miles on one rebuild when we sold it. Apparently my Dad talked to the guy recently and its still running. All we ever did to it is scheduled maintenance like spark plugs, oil, filters. I remember the Catalytic converter got clogged once and it lost alot of power, but that was an easy fix. So basically Im a Ford man. I also love Japanese vehicles, and my original plan was an pre-1994 Toyota or Mazda pickup ( golden gems in my opinion), but I needed better MPG. So I got the Focus.

Enough about all that. My first and primary question is regarding the break in process. Ive heard SO many different methods. My Dad says to baby it. Race car mechanics and others say to run it with moderate loads and differ RPMs, use dino oil, and change it ASAP. So far I have 350 miles on the car and Ive been driving like normal most of the time, occasionally blipping it up to 5 or 6 grand in a short burst then letting the engine compression brake down to normal 2-3k RPMs. I do alot of highway miles, switching back and forth between 4th to 5th to vary RPMs. When I got the car, it had 150 miles on it because the dealer had to drive the car up from phoenix, so I have no idea how they treated it. I also know they use half synthetic, half dino oil which concerns me because synthetic is a bit slippery for the rings to seal properly to the cylinder hone. I called the dealership today and they said to not change the oil until the scheduled 3500 miles or else the engine will never break in. For some reason, I do not believe them one bit. They also said it dosent matter how I drive it, just drive it like I would any car. Should I just leave it be or put Dino oil in it now? Also, do they do a pre break in in the factory?

My other question is about a device called the Venom 400. Supposedly you plug it in to the computer (not sure if stock computer will work with it, but I belive it will) and it will increase power 25% when giving the engine a load. Does anyone have expeiriences with this and does anyone know if it will void my warranty? Thanks for reading this far. Haha.


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Old 10-06-2008, 06:16 AM   #2
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Welcome to Focus Fanatics!!

I have always been told to break the car in by driving it the way you drive, but I have been told many different ways to break in the motor on a car. About the oil, the car comes with a synthetic blend and the first oil change is at 7500 miles. That will give the rings long enough to seat properly, then put in full synthetic - I use Amsoil full synthetic.

I am not familiar with the Venom 400. I will have to do a search on it and check it out.
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From what i read in my manual there's no need for a break-in for the focus (Or newer cars for that matter, but i could be wrong or it could still be recommended) but then again i have an ATX heh.

I drove the crap out of my car since day one b/c i work for domino's as a driver (Gotta be quick or you make no money heh)

The venom thing I never heard of it.. but i'll look it up b/c that sounds interesting yet also like an E-Bay crap item...

and damn...750k miles... my trans am madeit to 193k haha


Oh and warranties won't be voided UNLESS the aftermarket install is the cause of the problem you take it in for, that was told to me by a ford service guy at the dealership.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:23 PM   #4
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All motors need to be broken in. Don't redline the motor, drive normally and don't use cruise control. You need various speeds and loads to break the motor in. I believe the manual says 1600km. Did my first oil change at 6500km, switched to Castrol syntec. Abuse now can lead to problems down the road.
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My other question is about a device called the Venom 400. Supposedly you plug it in to the computer (not sure if stock computer will work with it, but I belive it will) and it will increase power 25% when giving the engine a load. Does anyone have expeiriences with this and does anyone know if it will void my warranty? Thanks for reading this far. Haha.
dont get it! i had the Venom 300 and it didnt do jack except put a dent in my wallet...save your money for better things....oh and enjoy your new car
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:47 PM   #6
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One of the guys in the Escape club I belong to says for break-in to "drive it like you stole it". I'm not sure I believe that totally BUT, I break mine in relatively hard and have never had any problems. Today's engines are built a lot more precisely than the older ones and don't require as much "babying" as they used to for break-in!
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One of the guys in the Escape club I belong to says for break-in to "drive it like you stole it". I'm not sure I believe that totally BUT, I break mine in relatively hard and have never had any problems. Today's engines are built a lot more precisely than the older ones and don't require as much "babying" as they used to for break-in!
I changed my oil to synthetic at 1000 miles and took it to the drag strip at 1050 No problems there. On my truck I built the 400 in it seated the rings and took it to the race track with less that 100 miles on it. no issues there either.
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I changed my oil at the scheduled 3500 miles with varying rpm's like you have been doing. Also things that claim to give you 25% more power usually arent true...and we have quite a few people that buy stuff and try it, like RobsRedRacer and the venom 400 you were asking about. Just use the search function and if you cant find it ask! Everyone here is always ready to help!
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i talked to a guy who lived in germany for a while.
he got a brand new VW rabbit.
and the maintaince over there suggest him to replace oil after 1500mile.
so that there are new oil w/o metal for breaking in.

however, since I am planning to buy a new car, I do want to know how to break in.
and it doesn't hurt to change oil more often then it should, right?
at least for breaking it...
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Sadly, I found this page.
what do you guys and girls think about this web page.
And Tom if you see this post, can you tell us how we should break in a new motor?
Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power

I know there must be something we can do to get more power to the new car...
I am guessing it because some SVT are faster than others...

and does the royal purple break-in oil helps?
when should we use it?
is dyno break in really that good?
I saw some drag car forum talk about the high hp car which pop wheely
suggest breaking in with dyno machine
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