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Old 04-19-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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Run period for Focus ST

Hi

I am a proud owner of a new 2013 Focus ST with 202 fittings. Wanted to check with experts here on whether there is a recommended run-in period. The dealer said none. Wanted to be sure before I push her.

Secondly, what is the safe way to clean the outside of my car. Can I use california duster or should I dust her with a plain cloth? Suggestions.

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Old 04-19-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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Secondly, what is the safe way to clean the outside of my car. Can I use california duster or should I dust her with a plain cloth? Suggestions.

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Welcome to the forum Bala... clean the car how ever you see fit, you will get folks who prefer one way over the other.

You can check here for some suggestions:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/f...sprune=30&f=52
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Hi

I am a proud owner of a new 2013 Focus ST with 202 fittings. Wanted to check with experts here on whether there is a recommended run-in period. The dealer said none. Wanted to be sure before I push her.
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Here's what the manual says:

"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 1000 miles (1600 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."

http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pub.../13focst1e.pdf

I followed the continuous speed note and that was about it.

Enjoy your car and post some pics!
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:19 PM   #4
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Generally the 'break in' idea is to make life easy for the engine for the first few thousand miles..
Gradually increasing the RPM maximums and durations.

The primary thing is not to lug the new engine BELOW where it runs easy with a small input from the throttle (no flooring)
And NOT run the new engine at high RPMs for extrended periods. Say flat out..
Or drag racing..where throttle to floor to max RPM over and over..

Drive easy normally for the first five hundred. then gradually drive a little harder..
At 2,500 mi I took my car to a nice area out in the country with a lot of twisties, and small hills. I stayed it third gear and ran it ALL staying in third.
So the car was running from a low RPM of 2,500 up to 6,000 on flats.. 25mph to 70mph for about an hour. ... (Still never really flooring the throttle very often, a LOT of variety in both RPM and throttle positions with all the turns and hills) it really was great, AND after the car started getting better mpgs.. So my little experiment helped set in the throttle programming I guess.
Staying in one gear for such a workout, both gives the engine a greater workout, AND saves the gearbox for wearing out the synchos

So that is my suggestion.
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Aahhn! I need to read the manual now :-)! Thanks Macky for pointing out. It might take a bit of time for me to try Elizabeth's suggestion -- with with some travel coming up.

And yes, I will post some pictures. I need to give her a slight cleanup. She has been with me for just 5 days, and I haven't explored much of her yet.
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Rambelon84 -- thanks for the cleaning tips. Will try something out today.

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