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Old 01-12-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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break-in period

before people start jumping all over this thread because it might of been answered somewhere else but i couldnt find a deffinate answer(which some have the tendancy to do) what is the break in period ive seen 500 to 1000 miles and is there a certain speed that you cant go past or what

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Old 01-12-2009, 01:49 PM   #2
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i don't really know if there's a definite answer. this ain't 20 years ago when if you didn't break it in right, the engine wouldn't operate as efficiently. from what i hear, the engine will be broken in from the factory (i don't really see how), but either way, i'm gonna take the first 1000 miles or so to make sure & break in the rest of the car. for the first bit, you don't wanna dog it or do much highway driving. just be gentle and try to use a semi-broad rpm range to make sure the rings get seated properly.

others who've had more experience with this feel free to chime in.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:17 PM   #3
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I suppose I'm "old school", but I've always followed the same routine;

For the first 500 mi.; no hard accelerations, vary the speeds at which I drive (no sustained speed for any length of time), no "speed shifting"; and an oil/filter change after 500 mi.

I've been told the above isn't necessary with "todays engines", but it's not a problem (for me) to follow these few steps and give myself "piece of mind".

I hope that helped answer your question?
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:21 PM   #4
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New CAR engines are good to go, especially if they're shipping with synth. engine oil. They better be, the way I drive em!
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:22 PM   #5
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I'm just going to follow my trusty owner's manual

Should have all the info we need.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:23 PM   #6
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Don't know if you would have to change the oil at 500 with Mobile 1 and it holding almost 9qts of oil. I plan on my first change at 3K then aound every 6K after that with Mobile 1.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:40 PM   #7
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From what I understand the engines are broken in very well at the factories. However other various components need to be worn in a little like the suspension and brakes and such, so I am going to accelerate smooth, brake smooth, corner smooth, drive on smooth roads and all that for the first 750 miles or so, then gradually get more agressive with it until I am driving it like I stole it at around 125000-150000 miles. But that is just me and is most likely completely uneccessary, but I am a little OCD and can't help myself.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:43 PM   #8
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I'm just going to follow my trusty owner's manual

Should have all the info we need.
Yes the manual will probably say to take it easy for like 600 miles and vary RPM's, and most people will say that is fine. Of course some people love to beat the heck outta their cars and peel out of the dealership, which can be argued is fine too. Just depends on who you talk to, and what you are comfortable with.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:45 PM   #9
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Yes the manual will probably say to take it easy for like 600 miles and vary RPM's, and most people will say that is fine. Of course some people love to beat the heck outta their cars and peel out of the dealership, which can be argued is fine too. Just depends on who you talk to, and what you are comfortable with.
Yea, I trust those GM engineers who get paid a ton of money to know their cars inside and out. If they say I can beat on it at 500 miles, hell that's what I'll do!
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thank you all that helps alot i plan on taking it easy bc its a brand new car i wouldnt want to be horsing around and wrap it up OH GOD i think id go and dig 6 foot and hide from my parents
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:48 PM   #11
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Yes the manual will probably say to take it easy for like 600 miles and vary RPM's, and most people will say that is fine. Of course some people love to beat the heck outta their cars and peel out of the dealership, which can be argued is fine too. Just depends on who you talk to, and what you are comfortable with.


also, its been confirmed that these engines will come with synthetic oil. so to help with the break-in, there are 'break-in synthetic' oils out there, Royal Purple makes one for example.

i agree on varying rpms strongly and i would avoid long trips where sustained speeds are likely to occur.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:08 PM   #12
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Your paying for the car break it in the way you see fit.

I normally take it easy for the first 200 miles so the gears can wear in and always varying speed and rpm. I will get on it from day one but won't speed shift it. After that I drive it like I stole it but will still vary rpm and speed until 1000 miles for example no highway cruising at a set speed & rpm for long periods of time.

Never hammer it when the rearend and transmission are cold like frist thing in the morning this is my rule for as long as I own any car/truck. The gears normally warm up after a mile or so depending on how cold it is out side.
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:06 PM   #13
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An underlying question to all this is how long would it take you to get through any break-in period? 2 days? A week? Face it, we're going to be in our cars an awful lot those first few days.
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I suppose I'm "old school", but I've always followed the same routine;

For the first 500 mi.; no hard accelerations, vary the speeds at which I drive (no sustained speed for any length of time), no "speed shifting"; and an oil/filter change after 500 mi.

I've been told the above isn't necessary with "todays engines", but it's not a problem (for me) to follow these few steps and give myself "piece of mind".

I hope that helped answer your question?
I'll be doing similar!

Same thing till 500 - then an oil change to RP Break in oil till 5000 miles, then an oil change with RP 5W-30 every 5000 miles from then out.

Hopefully that'll be enough to keep my warranty. Otherwise I'll do the oil changes more often.
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thank you all that helps alot i plan on taking it easy bc its a brand new car i wouldnt want to be horsing around and wrap it up OH GOD i think id go and dig 6 foot and hide from my parents
Screw parents, I'd be trying to hide from myself.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:44 PM   #15
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i agree that the engines are broken in before we get em, but other things need a tender initiation. The first 500 is the most important for the gears in the rear end, since they are NOT broken in, they just get an initial RUN. Here is a basic break-in procedure ive followed after installing gears in other vehicles: It's info from Randy's Ring & Pinion
Drive 15 min for initial warm up, keeping it under 50, no hard starts.
stop let it cool 15-20 min.
Drive again, under 50 keeping it easy, no hard starts or stops. Taking short cruises to all your friends houses and hot spots is best. during this period, the gears are wearing into each other under load creating their permanent mesh pattern and there is excessive heat generated. That's why you don't wanna just jump on the highway and drive at 65+ for hours on end (as ive read some people plan on doing after they pick up their car) After about 200 miles its ok to drive faster and more distance, but after about 1000 miles its recommended to change the rear end fluid to remove all the metal particles and coating that came of the new gears.
I don't think its bad for the manual transmission either.
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I' am going to be changing my oil at 100 mi, 500 mi and then at 1500 mi. It may be somewhat expensive, but I want to get as much debris out as soon as possible.
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i don't really know if there's a definite answer. this ain't 20 years ago when if you didn't break it in right, the engine wouldn't operate as efficiently. from what i hear, the engine will be broken in from the factory (i don't really see how), but either way, i'm gonna take the first 1000 miles or so to make sure & break in the rest of the car. for the first bit, you don't wanna dog it or do much highway driving. just be gentle and try to use a semi-broad rpm range to make sure the rings get seated properly.

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:22 PM   #18
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Does anyone have an owners manual for an 08 or 09 Corvette? Since it's the same engine, I'm assuming the break-in procedure would be the same.
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