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Old 07-06-2011, 11:09 PM   #1
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How to break in a new car properly?

Hello everybody,
Since my car will be arriving soon, I am wondering how to break it in properly. This will be my first new car ever so I dont have much experience on this matter. Any advise will be greatly appreciated.


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Old 07-07-2011, 12:11 AM   #2
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Read the owner's manual. It has a section on break-in. It varies by manufacturer but most will suggest not taking your car's engine past X rpms and vary driving between city and highway traffic until you reach X miles.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:16 AM   #3
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From the manual:

BREAKING-IN YOUR VEHICLE
Your vehicle does not need an extensive break-in. Try not to drive
continuously at the same speed for the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of
new vehicle operation. Vary your speed frequently in order to give the
moving parts a chance to break in.
Do not add friction modifier compounds or special break-in oils since
these additives may prevent piston ring seating. See Engine oil in the
Maintenance and Specifications chapter for more information on oil
usage.
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Tires and brakes also need breaking in; on a new car and whenever they are replaced. Try to anticipate traffic conditions and avoid any hard stops or hard cornering for the first 300 miles. Most people also "short" the first oil change - do it around 2000 miles. (1) There is more blowby until the rings seat, so the oil gets contaminated quicker, and (2) There is slightly higher wear at first, so there may be more particles in the filter. After the first, regular changes at the recommended intervals with a quality oil and filter.
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I'm a firm believer in most of what the manual says, but also drive it like you plan on driving it. Just don't go WOT.
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My dealer told me one thing to be sure to do is come to complete stops.
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Could you explain this a little more? Thanks
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Is it ok if I go on a highway and drive at 70-80mph after taking delivery of the car?
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Could you explain this a little more? Thanks
Is your question related to my comment about coming to complete stops? If so, it just means don't do a rolling stop. Make sure when you come to a stop sign (or whatever) you are not just sitting there still - make sure you have come to a complete stop by using your brakes. You will feel the difference when you make it a point to come to a complete stop. I did
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Is your question related to my comment about coming to complete stops? If so, it just means don't do a rolling stop. Make sure when you come to a stop sign (or whatever) you are not just sitting there still - make sure you have come to a complete stop by using your brakes. You will feel the difference when you make it a point to come to a complete stop. I did
You're supposed to come to a full stop anyways (we all know how many people follow that law ).

But to your comment, what exactly is that supposed to help with in breaking in your car? thanks.
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