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Old 10-31-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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2013 Camaro ZL1 Break In

Hi I am new here and just bought my first Camero today that is a 2013 ZL1 fully loaded. I wanted to know what the engine and disc break mileage is. I know there is a section for this but could not find it.

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Old 10-31-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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i know there is a section for this in my ss manual. have you looked in your manual?
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I see 60K can't buy you an A.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:15 PM   #4
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That's for buying me a A yes it did just figured ask the guys would know.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:15 PM   #5
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OK #1 learn how to spell Camaro. No e even in Canada eh? Seriously though. As a happy broken in 2012 ZL1 owner I did the breakin per the manual. #1 no aggressive starts or stops, #2 no rpm's above 4000, #3 keep speed below 80mph. Do these 3 things for the first 1500 miles and you are gifted with a correctly broken in 2013 ZL1. These are the factory recommended breakin procedures. People will post how they think you should break it in but this is how Chevy wants you to do it. Welcome

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Old 10-31-2012, 10:19 PM   #6
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Sorry fur the miss type o thank you.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:02 PM   #7
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OK #1 learn how to spell Camaro. No e even in Canada eh? Seriously though. As a happy broken in 2012 ZL1 owner I did the breakin per the manual. #1 no aggressive starts or stops, #2 no rpm's above 4000, #3 keep speed below 80mph. Do these 3 things for the first 1500 miles and you are gifted with a correctly broken in 2013 ZL1. These are the factory recommended breakin procedures. People will post how they think you should break it in but this is how Chevy wants you to do it. Welocme
You're correct firecross91, no "e" even in Canada...
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:09 PM   #8
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Hey Zed. If you are interested in track days after you breakin your ZL1 keep your eye out for posts from me. A group of Nissan 370Z guys from Toronto are going to rent a track for a day in June 2013. It will either be Mosport Park or Toronto Motosport Park. Keep checking the Upstate NY Camaro 5 thread here. Planning on free Poutine for the fastest lap LOL.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:11 PM   #9
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:16 PM   #10
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Drove mine like I stole it. My engine builder said after 2 heat cycles today's engines are pretty much broken in. I did the usuall didn't keep the speed constant or RPMs. Didn't exceed 5,500 rpms and did not go over 120 mph. Other than that I did it by the book
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:26 PM   #11
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Drove mine like I stole it. My engine builder said after 2 heat cycles today's engines are pretty much broken in. I did the usuall didn't keep the speed constant or RPMs. Didn't exceed 5,500 rpms and did not go over 120 mph. Other than that I did it by the book
What book LOL As long as Chevy covers anything under warranty you're good. Nothing like the feel of driving a vehicle at the track knowing that the powertrain is covered.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:04 AM   #12
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Hey Zed. If you are interested in track days after you breakin your ZL1 keep your eye out for posts from me. A group of Nissan 370Z guys from Toronto are going to rent a track for a day in June 2013. It will either be Mosport Park or Toronto Motosport Park. Keep checking the Upstate NY Camaro 5 thread here. Planning on free Poutine for the fastest lap LOL.
I'll do that fc91, and there may be two of us interested. We are both getting our cars just in time to store them for the winter, but even if we aren't broken in by June, we could come and enjoy the day.
Maybe those of us who weren't so fast could have beer, and watch the winner "enjoy" the poutine.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:53 AM   #13
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Drove mine like I stole it. My engine builder said after 2 heat cycles today's engines are pretty much broken in. I did the usuall didn't keep the speed constant or RPMs. Didn't exceed 5,500 rpms and did not go over 120 mph. Other than that I did it by the book
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Good luck. GM will pull the history off the computer if you have a problem and see how you "broke it in". I figure their engineers know more than your mechanic. I spent many years on the line as a tech, unless I built the motor I went by the book.Best wishes to you and the GM warranty guys . Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:00 AM   #14
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I ran the hell out of mine voided the warranty with headers and supercharger upgrades. Now one month and 2800 miles later I get to rebuild the top end after 15lbs of boost blew the head gasket

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:37 AM   #15
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Good luck. GM will pull the history off the computer if you have a problem and see how you "broke it in". I figure their engineers know more than your mechanic. I spent many years on the line as a tech, unless I built the motor I went by the book.Best wishes to you and the GM warranty guys . Just my 2 cents.
Actually I had 1,600 miles on it, when I put 700+ to the wheels. I was never worried about the warranty. Book states "reccomended" break in. Not Mandatory.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:03 AM   #16
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It's 1500 miles. They don't want you to go over 4000 RPM's, don't go over 80 MPH and the third thing is don't keep a constant speed like setting the cruise at 60 for an extended period of time. I'm pretty sure those are the only restrictions. After that have a blast. Welcome to camaro5, you will learn alot hear about the car. Most dealers are clueless about the car compared to this site.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:07 AM   #17
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I ran the hell out of mine voided the warranty with headers and supercharger upgrades. Now one month and 2800 miles later I get to rebuild the top end after 15lbs of boost blew the head gasket

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I'd recomend a head gasket with a wire in it. Get the block machined for one if possible. That is the proper way to seal an engine with high boost.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:37 AM   #18
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Drove mine like I stole it. My engine builder said after 2 heat cycles today's engines are pretty much broken in. I did the usuall didn't keep the speed constant or RPMs. Didn't exceed 5,500 rpms and did not go over 120 mph. Other than that I did it by the book
And he is correct....wise tech.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:38 AM   #19
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Good luck. GM will pull the history off the computer if you have a problem and see how you "broke it in". I figure their engineers know more than your mechanic. I spent many years on the line as a tech, unless I built the motor I went by the book.Best wishes to you and the GM warranty guys . Just my 2 cents.

History only shows flash count from the PCM....not how it has driven. The box under the drivers seat records previouse 60 sec before air bag deployment.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:33 AM   #20
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:27 AM   #21
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2013 Camaro ZL1 Break In

Really sorry to hear about this. Did they steal anything?
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:43 AM   #22
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I like to get the rings to form the best leading edge that I can get on a fresh motor. I do this by letting it heat cycle 2 times with a few blips to the intended max rpm then after complete cool down ,restart and warm up and do 3-5 pulls all the way through the rpm range then I take it easy for 500 miles ...
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:58 AM   #23
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Really sorry to hear about this. Did they steal anything?
Referring to engine break in..
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:07 PM   #24
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Well the GM recomended break in is do not rev over 4k and vary speed for like 1500 miles. they will not explain the logic behind any of that.

It is not the engine, tranny, clutch, ring & pinion etc they all have there own individual break in periods.

some will tell you follow the manual my .02 is use common sense. take a 250 mile drive through varings terain and loads and you are most liklely covered. 500miles if you paranoid. after that my personal opinion is the extra milage is all fluff. until 2008 that was the break in period. then in 2009 they magically added 1000 miles of break in period and don't explain why and if you ask they basically say were smart your stupid don't ask.

I took a couple trips was easy and varied load for about 500 miles. 500-800 I was agressive but never abusive. after 800 I just drove the car.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:18 PM   #25
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Hi I am new here and just bought my first Camero today that is a 2013 ZL1 fully loaded. I wanted to know what the engine and disc break mileage is. I know there is a section for this but could not find it.

Thank you

What are your intended uses for the car? A street machine with normal driving and wanting the motor to last 20 years or a racing with max performance with who cares about maintenance or overall reliability as max speed on the track is priority one?
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