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Old 03-03-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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Engine Break in

Does chevy break in the motors before they are sent out for delivery or will I just have to do it myself?
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:39 PM   #2
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i know when i bought my vette i had to do it myself...so i imagine its the same way with the camaro
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You will want to break it in for at least 500 miles. They do run them but not enough to be properly broke in. Besides alot more than just engine to breakin. Drive train also.
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I'm pretty sure I've read on here that the engines get broke-in after they are built. So I don't think it would be necessary for you to have to do it like it used to be.
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You will want to break it in for at least 500 miles. They do run them but not enough to be properly broke in. Besides alot more than just engine to breakin. Drive train also.
on my vette they advised 5000 miles.
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yea i figured it would be something like that, wouldnt want to get a poor ring seating and possibly kill my engine life.
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Guess we'll just have to check the driver's manual when we get our cars...
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With my 08 vette they said 500 miles.
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they say 5000 miles gives the engine more than enoug time to get rings and everything else worn to fit the engine as it should.
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they say 5000 miles gives the engine more than enoug time to get rings and everything else worn to fit the engine as it should.
5,000 seems a little excessive IMO
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thats y i said more than enough time, lol...but that was back in 05 so they may have changed it since then.
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they say 5000 miles gives the engine more than enoug time to get rings and everything else worn to fit the engine as it should.
Yet they put Mobil 1 in to start correct? That could be the 5000 mile reasoning. Personally, I would never put synthetic in while breaking in a motor; counterproductive to what you're trying to accomplish...
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Yet they put Mobil 1 in to start correct? That could be the 5000 mile reasoning. Personally, I would never put synthetic in while breaking in a motor; counterproductive to what you're trying to accomplish...
Then why do you think Chevy does it? (not trying to be a jerk or nothing, just curious why the manufacturer would do it if a different type of oil would be better for engine break-in)
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Yet they put Mobil 1 in to start correct? That could be the 5000 mile reasoning. Personally, I would never put synthetic in while breaking in a motor; counterproductive to what you're trying to accomplish...
If GM tells me to put Mobil 1 in it, i will, and thats all that has ever been in my vette and all that will ever be in it...the people at GM arent stupid, they have a reason for putting it in there and advising that people put it in there.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:09 PM   #15
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I was told when I picked up my car in Bowling Green, that all you need to break in anymore is the gears in the rear. Just vary the speed for 500 miles so they don't wear at one speed. Engines are good to go.
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just haul ass out of the parking lot right? lol
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I was told when I picked up my car in Bowling Green, that all you need to break in anymore is the gears in the rear. Just vary the speed for 500 miles so they don't wear at one speed. Engines are good to go.
That's what it says in the manual. Sounded like it was mostly for the gears too.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:35 PM   #18
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Then why do you think Chevy does it? (not trying to be a jerk or nothing, just curious why the manufacturer would do it if a different type of oil would be better for engine break-in)
Simple. Break-in is designed for maximum engine performance. Synthetic oil is designed to prevent "jerks" from blowing up the engines under warranty. They put it in to help the engine last (fewer warranty issues), not to help it perform.
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rev it up to 5000-6000rpm and ever so slowly ease the clutch out to a smooth takeaway. thats how I do it, thats how my father does it, thats how America does it, and its worked pretty good so far.




p.s. don't do that.
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Now days the rings seat almost completely the first time its turned on and warmed up, and if they don't, they never will. By the time your car hits the dealer the engine is almost completely broken in. Modern technology allows for a manufacturer to make the bore, pistons, and rings almost perfectly sized and shaped, so there is no need for an extensive break in like in the old days. Thats also why you have vehicles that can be factory filled with synthetic oils, having to use conventional oil to break in a motor in is a non-issue.

The 500 mile recommendation is more for the diff to break in than anything else.
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5,000 seems a little excessive IMO


if it takes more than 1200 .. that seem very strange ..

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if it takes more than 1200 .. that seem very strange ..

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I did a 500"ish" break-in on the LS1 in my 04 GTO and that car still ran as strong as day one when I turned it in (Smartbuy) after 4 years and 57k miles.

One thing to keep in mind for those who have never done a break-in before. It is VERY important that the break-in occur throughout the rpm ranges. DO NOT set the car on cruise at 65 on the highway and go to the next state and back and think you accomplished anything...
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5000 miles...

5000 miles

There isn't a chance in hell I'd keep out of an accelerator for 5000 miles.

We are all pretty sure you are mistaken
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This is a good read around engine break in. It comes from the ZDDPlus website which of course is trying to sell their product but it does explain the difference between today's roller lifter engines and the older flat tappet lifter engines.

http://www.zddplus.com/TechBrief12%2...20Break-in.pdf
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There is a lot of misconception about break in. First off there is more to break in on a new car than just the engine. Second synthetic oil will not have any negative effects on break in. Synthetic is not a better lubricant. The oil film in the engine is the same thickness according to it's weight.
Third GM's standard is 500 miles for the vehicle break in this 5000 number more than likley came from the ls engine's making more power and getting better milage after about 5k.
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