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Old 03-24-2009, 04:38 PM   #1
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Break-in?

I was just wondering how some of you think is the best way to break the camaro in. I have heard some people say to take it easy on it for the first few thousand miles and others say to run the crap out of it. what is your point of view?
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take it easy for about 2000 miles, changing oil after the first 500 of coarse....
after that drive it how ever you want....
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What about oil? Does GM put Mobil in it like they do the Vettes? Would it be wise to run Mobil 1 in it after 500 miles?
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:46 PM   #4
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I've heard a few people mention the oil thing, but then others are saying that it doesn't matter anymore...

Also some saying that engine break-ins aren't that big of a deal anymore...

And some saying just vary the RPMs for the first 500 miles before you fully "unload" it...

Answers are going to be all over the place. There are a few threads about it if you do a quick search.

I say just follow your owner's manual and you'll be fine. They made the car, so I would think they should at least know how to use it.
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I have run nothing but Mobil in mine from the get go
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You guys are referring to Synthetic right?
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We discussed this issue in depth in the following thread.

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We discussed this issue in depth in the following thread.

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Thanks bigd1276,
I read almost all of those posts and got alot out of them. I have 6 cars total and have Mobil 1 in everyone of them since I have owned them.
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Thanks bigd1276,
I read almost all of those posts and got alot out of them. I have 6 cars total and have Mobil 1 in everyone of them since I have owned them.
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You're welcome. This will be my first vehicle with synthetic. I guess I'm old school.
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I was just wondering how some of you think is the best way to break the camaro in. I have heard some people say to take it easy on it for the first few thousand miles and others say to run the crap out of it. what is your point of view?
Run it hard!
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Old 03-24-2009, 07:23 PM   #13
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I keep hearing to run it hard if you want maximum performance, maybe this isnt best for the longest engine life possible but multiple engine builders as well as people dyno'ing new cars say the cars that get run hard early on end up with the best numbers. Even the old saying is to break it in like your going to drive it.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:40 PM   #14
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well changing the oil after five hundred miles is dumb. i have been a mechanic for 13 years and have never run across that anywhere. i say give it 500 miles before you beat on it to much but after that?? go for it. i would however change the oil after 3000 miles even if the info thing says it has oil life remaining. than got by the computer. when we picked up our vette they said in bowling green 750 miles away, they said not to mash the pedal for the first 500 miles and to vary the speeds. but after that do what you like. and they made no mention of stopping half way home to change the oil. there was my 2 cents.
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what does varying the speed mean exactly? meaning drive on a 55mph road for a while and then get on one to do 35 and then get back on 55mph?

dumb question I know
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what does varying the speed mean exactly? meaning drive on a 55mph road for a while and then get on one to do 35 and then get back on 55mph?

dumb question I know
Just means don't drive on the highway for hours on end for the break end.

Needs some stop & go and some left / right to work brakes and suspension.


And as to the original poster always break them in easy imo*. I also recommend some Royal Purple break in oil for your first change then 2nd change back to regular Royal Purple 5/30w full synth.

http://www.royalpurple.com/breakin-oil.html

I run 10/30 in RP in my Vette atm and she loves it. Also run it in my Chevy truck. Now I don't know about the break in oil and your warranty. Either ask them or just change it yourself and use a Delco Filter hehe (stealth juicing) and there main schedule. (I.E. at a few hundred you swap in the break in oil).
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:49 PM   #17
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Firstly, to get a decent break in use regular oil. Do not go with syn till she's broke in. Synthetic oil can resist break down and wearing that is required to get full compression. And by the way, my experience with my last two chevs , the 04 Implala SS and the 07 Silverado, did not break in till after 10K to 12K kms. I say it's ok to rev'm after 1000 km or so.......many schools of thought here tho eh!
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Ive never worried about it before with any of my other vehicles I just got in a drove however I wanted.. but I dont want to do anything wrong whenever I do get my baby
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hmmm...so in a nut shell you guys are saying to drain the mobil1 from the start and put in a break in oil for the first 500 miles...change the oil and put in some more break in oil for another 500 miles and run the car hard? so from 500-1000 miles i wanna break it in b4 i put in reg synthetic oil? i always thought you should never really pass 3-4k rpms until i have atleast 3k miles on the car.
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I keep hearing to run it hard if you want maximum performance, maybe this isnt best for the longest engine life possible but multiple engine builders as well as people dyno'ing new cars say the cars that get run hard early on end up with the best numbers. Even the old saying is to break it in like your going to drive it.
No the saying it drive it like you stole it. But that's after broken in.

Please take my advice and just break it in easy. You'll thank me later.

A gently worn car is worth more and just looks and feels better than a dogged early. You want to take it easy like a long date. Don't rush to the bedroom.

Then again maybe I just have too much class. But I win road races over 90% of the time so. Dyno is one thing getting your *** handed to you by a good driver in a well broken in Chevy is another.
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hmmm...so in a nut shell you guys are saying to drain the mobil1 from the start and put in a break in oil for the first 500 miles...change the oil and put in some more break in oil for another 500 miles and run the car hard? so from 500-1000 miles i wanna break it in b4 i put in reg synthetic oil? i always thought you should never really pass 3-4k rpms until i have atleast 3k miles on the car.
good lord. on any real acceleration in my olds alero i hit 3k easily. I would go insane if i had to wait 3k miles before i could do that.
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All i have ever been told was to vary the RPMs and speed, for the first 1000km and to avoid using the highway, and if you do, to change your speeds. And not to push it hard until after 1000km
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Just means don't drive on the highway for hours on end for the break end.

Needs some stop & go and some left / right to work brakes and suspension.
the varying engine speeds also helps seat the piston rings at all rpms, as opposed to having a good seal at one range from extended running with the cruise on.

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good lord. on any real acceleration in my olds alero i hit 3k easily. I would go insane if i had to wait 3k miles before i could do that.
that's an alero. this car has low-end torque. you can accelerate before 3k easily... even my truck can easily pull at 2k

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