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Old 11-15-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Focus ST Break in Question

I have a shiny new ST. I've never had the pleasure of breaking in a new car. I spoke with the sales folks and read through the manual and there appears to be no special break in procedure. The manual specifically says don't use break in oils. The first service sticker is at 7500 miles. The only advice I was given by Ford was to avoid driving at the same speed for more then an hour. Vary your speed so the car has a chance to break in at all speeds.

Is this the correct procedure?


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Old 11-15-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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I like the information found here. http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars...k-in-a-new-car A lot here on this forum will disagree, but I find the article in line with my beliefs, especially the early initial oil change. He uses a 20, and then again at 1,000 mile oil change. I just shoot in between, drive it a few hundred average, easy, miles then change the oil, then drive it how ever you want. I just feel better knowing I have fresh clean oil in the car to finish breaking it in. Like he said there will be lots of tiny shiny stuff in the oil after only a few miles, I have seen it in the oil of every new car and motorcycle I have had over the last 25 years, that is like 4 cars and 7 motorcycles, all the same as far as what the oil looked like, some worse than others, but all had lots of tiny shiny stuff in there.

I am not saying you can't go to 7500 miles, or that anything bad will happen if you do. My peace of mind is worth way more than the cost of a single oil change, especially when compared to the cost of a brand new ST.
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ok that's great advice. There is one aspect they did not talk about which is the tires. Seems current generation of new tires don't require much break in to get good traction. Tires from a few years ago felt like driving on peanut butter.
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The tires should scuff in in just a few miles, no procedure needed there.
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I have a shiny new ST. I've never had the pleasure of breaking in a new car. I spoke with the sales folks and read through the manual and there appears to be no special break in procedure. The manual specifically says don't use break in oils. The first service sticker is at 7500 miles. The only advice I was given by Ford was to avoid driving at the same speed for more then an hour. Vary your speed so the car has a chance to break in at all speeds.

Is this the correct procedure?

Hi aernan,

Yes, you will want to vary your speed as a part of the breaking in process. Also, take care to not overly labor the engine and avoid speeding excessively. You can read more about your vehicle and breaking in advice in your Owner's Manual, available for download here: https://owner.ford.com/servlet/Conte...vehicleIndex=0

If you have any additional questions, feel free to send a PM my way.

Congrats on the ST; I'm sure you'll love it!
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