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Old 04-17-2011, 12:24 AM   #1
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New Focus Break-in?

So I just picked up my 2012 Focus SE (5-door) and I was wondering if there is a engine break in period? My MPG is fairly low compared to the EPA estimated MPG. Will this gradually improve over time or could it just be my driving habits and conditions?

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Old 04-17-2011, 12:33 AM   #2
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So I just picked up my 2012 Focus SE (5-door) and I was wondering if there is a engine break in period? My MPG is fairly low compared to the EPA estimated MPG. Will this gradually improve over time or could it just be my driving habits and conditions?

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It's listed in the manual. Basically don't do constant speeds for a certain number of miles (500-1000?).
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:35 AM   #3
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It's listed in the manual. Basically don't do constant speeds for a certain number of miles (500-1000?).
I did see that, I was wondering if anyone else knew anything more or anything different.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:33 AM   #4
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Some manufacturers claim that newer cars can get away with 10000 mile oil change intervals with full synthetic oil. However metal shavings and debris tends to circulate in the oil when you're dealing with a brand new engine. It's usually a good idea to flush all that crap out between 3000 and 5000 miles, rather than waiting for your first scheduled maintenance.

While it's generally still a good idea to fluctuate RPMs within the first 500 miles, I wouldn't exactly say it's 100% critical either. Most newer cars today are built to have higher tolerances. Brand new engines are also put through a rigorous break-in procedure during the manufacturing process. Technically any new car you buy today will already have "a few miles" on the engine. Customers have no control over this since it is done at the factory during quality testing.

You've probably heard all kinds of ridiculous or unnecessary suggestions regarding "break-in" procedures. Everyone seems to have their own magic technique behind it. But honestly from personal experience I can tell you right now that your new car isn't going to fall apart if you decide to have a little fun once in a while.

I bought my car brand new back in July of 2008 and I roughly followed the "break-in" procedure that was recommended. But there were times when I did pound on it just to have a little fun and see what it would feel like. It was hard not to. I'm at 57000 miles now and I haven't had a single mechanical failure or any reduction in power at all. The car and its engine still feels brand new. No rough idling or any sign of hesitation.

Just enjoy your ride and have fun with it. I think you already know through common sense not to pound on it at every single stop light when you're driving anything new. But at the same time you shouldn't be paranoid either.
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Old 04-17-2011, 03:54 AM   #5
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i think your supposed to do every possible driving scenarios, easy on the gas for around 1k miles and then change the oil, confirm with your manual
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:02 AM   #6
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I did my first oil change at 500 miles (okay i wanted to get my hands on it ).

Your gas mileage will be crappy for the first few thousand miles and then will get better...part of the game.

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^^Yes, has the motor breaks in it should start to get better fuel economy. Almost every car is like this. If you read car magazines, and read there long term test cars, alot of times there mileage gets better with age. Though I will say I'm not seeing that has much as I used to.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:14 AM   #8
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I found this article when I was asking the same question. I will be taking my car to be detailed so that the paint is well protected. I am going to try and have the dealership through in the first oil change, which I will have done a couple days after picking up the car, and between 1000-2000km I will switch to a good quality full synthetic oil.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars...k-in-a-new-car
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^^Well there you go, I feel that is very good info IMO. Good find!
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:41 AM   #10
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Good read. Congratulations on the new ride! On my new 10' Focus, I changed out the FF @ 1K mi. w/Motorcraft sem-synthetic 5W-20. Same oil is the factory fill from my understanding. Second oil change was @ 3K. A little early but winter weather was approaching and I decided I would the only one doing such an easy job. I'm doing my third oil change today. So....I recommend n early oil change. Followed by a 3,750mi second and then 3,750-5,000 mi. intervals thereafter. BTW, I changed out the manual transmission fluid as well @ 5kmi. The fluid was darker than expected and in sunlight saw fine metal shavings. Refilled w/Motorcraft Syn. Manual Trans. Fluid bought @ dealer ($18 a qt.!) Much better shifts. Safe and happy driving!
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