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Old 08-20-2013, 01:01 PM   #131
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I had seen that posted and tried it as well. Though I don't think its a good long term practice, its my opinion that it burns some glaze off the clutches.
Why isn't it good long term practice? I've never seen a manufacturer recommendation not to open her up once in a while. Even my new Dodge's manual says occasional full-throttle accelerations aid in the engine break in process.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:05 PM   #132
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Why isn't it good long term practice? I've never seen a manufacturer recommendation not to open her up once in a while. Even my new Dodge's manual says occasional full-throttle accelerations aid in the engine break in process.
probably depends how hard you do it Kam, even road and track once mentioned they got a whiff of clutch.

if you mean just a vigorous acceleration up to highway speed, sounds good.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:51 PM   #133
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probably depends how hard you do it Kam, even road and track once mentioned they got a whiff of clutch.

if you mean just a vigorous acceleration up to highway speed, sounds good.
No I mean coming to a complete stop then flooring it up to 60, repeat 4 times.

When I got back to my garage I got down underneath and didn't smell anything unusual.

It's gotten rid of a shudder twice and has minimized my uneven acceleration this time around.

I remember reading that Road & Track review. Probably had a new, un-broken in car. I wouldn't recommend doing the 5 full throttle starts within the first 1,000 miles or so.
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No I mean coming to a complete stop then flooring it up to 60, repeat 4 times.

When I got back to my garage I got down underneath and didn't smell anything unusual.

It's gotten rid of a shudder twice and has minimized my uneven acceleration this time around.

I remember reading that Road & Track review. Probably had a new, un-broken in car. I wouldn't recommend doing the 5 full throttle starts within the first 1,000 miles or so.
sounds good Kam
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Why isn't it good long term practice? I've never seen a manufacturer recommendation not to open her up once in a while. Even my new Dodge's manual says occasional full-throttle accelerations aid in the engine break in process.
Rather than repeating the WOT accel for an arbitrary number of times, it would be better to simply do it on a regular basis.
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Rather than repeating the WOT accel for an arbitrary number of times, it would be better to simply do it on a regular basis.
Well I don't like to burn gas unnecessarily either. I'll continue my practice of doing it only when the DCT starts acting up.
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I'm 3/4 - WOT often, my DCT is perfect
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But . . . is there a causal relationship between those two facts or is it coincidence?
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But . . . is there a causal relationship between those two facts or is it coincidence?
Many of us that have good DCT's engage in spirited driving most of those that complain about the DCT *tend to be* closer to hyper-miler status...
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When I purchased mine, a friend of mine who was an engineer at Ford gave me the following advice:

"Drive it like you own it from day one. I've seen you in your Mustang and your Benz - drive it hard like them."

I have driven my Focus 16,000 miles in 10 months of almost daily commuting in Los Angeles traffic and other random trips (google Angles Crest Highway, Glendora Mountain Road, Ortega Highway, etc).

My DCT equipped Focus has been 99.9% as I expected - and after the said updates and patches is in my top 3 cars for fun driving, just based on the handling and the surprised faces that this car is that glued to the road.

I think if I waited for the ST, I would be keeping my attorney busy in traffic court.
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