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Old 11-10-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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Break in

Who's going to take it easy and break the car in properly and who's going to say screw it and open it up as soon as they pull off the lot?
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:37 PM   #2
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haha here we go with this can o' worms again. But regardless, IMO you should break a car in hard.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:38 PM   #3
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haha here we go with this can o' worms again. But regardless, IMO you should break a car in hard.
wasn't aware that this had been discussed already. if so, can you point me to the thread?
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:38 PM   #4
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I know Chevy has warned against going over 80, but I do not remember the specifics.
@ Stieger I'm not saying you are wrong, but do you have any evidence this works?
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:39 PM   #5
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:01 PM   #6
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http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars...k-in-a-new-car

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Old 11-10-2011, 08:13 PM   #7
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wasn't aware that this had been discussed already. if so, can you point me to the thread?
ha no not specifically. The easy vs hard break in has been argued forever
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:16 PM   #8
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ha no not specifically. The easy vs hard break in has been argued forever
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:32 PM   #9
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haha here we go with this can o' worms again. But regardless, IMO you should break a car in hard.
That philosophy has never worked against me.... as long as you change oil early too and keep alert on all systems. Why do the call it B R E A K in? See if it breaks?
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:35 PM   #10
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the link I posted from popular mechanics is pretty informative. Albeit, the opinion of one person, he does make a good argument. basically, don't be too hard but don't be too gentle either. that's what i took from it
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:50 AM   #11
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Wouldn't an RPM limit make more sense than a MPH limit?


Keeping the speed under 80 is one thing, doing 75 in first gear is entirely different.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:03 AM   #12
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The "Darin" procedure should be what all ZL1 owners need to do.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ighlight=darin

I broke-in my SS this way and I'm pleased I did.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:08 AM   #13
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Wouldn't an RPM limit make more sense than a MPH limit?


Keeping the speed under 80 is one thing, doing 75 in first gear is entirely different.
You still need to keep your MPH down for a bit to get things to set in right. I would not go over 4K RPM's for the first 800 miles. And Change the oil at 800 miles along with rear end fluid.
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Do what this article says. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ighlight=darin
I totally agree with this break in.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:41 AM   #15
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The "Darin" procedure should be what all ZL1 owners need to do.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ighlight=darin

I broke-in my SS this way and I'm pleased I did.
This is the best way to do it. I have had several very high horse power engines built by Lingenfelter. Normally they put 75 easy miles on the motor then it's on the dyno at wide open throttle a few times. Then she is ready to go to the race or be driven hard. 30+ years of building race and street engines and this is how they do it so I for one trust thier experience.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:46 AM   #16
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My dealer just told me to drive it hard, he said these engines are so fine tuned they really don't need to be broke in, in the sence that you shouldn't drive it hard. The whole
car breaks in over time in my opinion.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:49 AM   #17
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It'd be nice if we had an opinion from the engineers that designed it. I see good points from both
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It'd be nice if we had an opinion from the engineers that designed it. I see good points from both
You do, GM already told you.
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:52 AM   #19
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You do, GM already told you.
That was very non descriptive. Under 80mph for 1500 miles doesn't really say much.
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Do what this article says. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ighlight=darin
I totally agree with this break in.
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Follow this. Needs to be driven hard relatively soon. Or you're leaving performance on the table that you'll never get back. Until you rebuild the engine.
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Do what this article says. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ighlight=darin
I totally agree with this break in.
Unfortuanately I won't be able to follow this to a T but I think I will still be good, I'm about 70 miles from the dealer I'm getting mine from, I'll have them put 93 Octane in it before I leave the dealership keep it under 80 on my way home, let it cool and change the oil as suggested in the popular mechanics link further up the thread. Then start the process as shown in that thread and change the oil again at 1,000 miles.
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Do what this article says. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ighlight=darin
I totally agree with this break in.
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You do, GM already told you.
The engineers didn't write that, the lawyers did.

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wasn't aware that this had been discussed already. if so, can you point me to the thread?
I counted 20 before I gave up.

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