How to Properly Break In A New Car

So you just purchased your brand new car and are madly in love with it.  What is the best way to make sure that your vehicle will last for years to come?  Properly breaking in a vehicle is as much as a key component in longevity of your vehicle as proper maintenance.  Depending upon the type of engine you have, gasoline or diesel may vary the numbers but the principle is very similar.

There has been much debate stating that there is no longer a need for a break in period with new manufacturing techniques.  Most manufacturers advise to this break in procedure tailored to their own vehicles, but basically have the same information.  This is mostly because while the manufacturing process is much more accurate than it was in the past years, imperfections cannot be ruled out. As well, seals need to be heated to a proper temperature for an extended period of time to properly become settled.

For the first thousand miles or so, you should keep your engine under half of the available RPMs before the red line.  For gasoline engine this is typically under the 3,500 RPM range and a diesel under 2,500 RPMs.  While it is important not to rev the RPMs to high, also don’t be too weak with the accelerator.  You need to be able to provide the seals ample pressure to properly set.

Most everyone knows to change your oil on a regular basis every three thousand miles or per the manufacturer’s requirement.  Your brand new vehicle is slightly different for the first oil change. It is recommended that you change your oil after the first one hundred miles.  This is due to shavings from imperfections coming off during the initial use.  These metal shavings will move around your engine and oil system until replaced.

Since your vehicle is brand new, it is in most warranties that you have your vehicle serviced by professionals.  My recommendation is to take it to the dealer where professionals such as those at various dealerships in the Reedman Toll Auto Group.  You can void your warranty if you take your vehicle to non-certified service department.


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