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Old 10-29-2014, 01:29 AM   #1
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Break In Engine Before?

I basicly bought my 2015 Chevy Camaro and ever since i got it with 19 Miles I have been non stop raping the living shit out of it. Its now at 200 Miles.. Do you guys think I have caused any damage? Annddddd do you really think i should stop because its the critical time to break in an engine.?
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:37 AM   #2
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I'd stop. Defends how long you plan to keep it
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:42 AM   #3
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I'd stop. Defends how long you plan to keep it
Do you think I caused alot of damage already? And i want to buy the damm thing so probably a good 6 yrs.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:48 AM   #4
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If you want it to make the full hp its capable of and don't want other problems down the road I'd stop. There's a reason they put the break in period on it. You probably haven't done anything to it but if you do that for the whole break in it may.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:17 AM   #5
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If you want to seat the rings properly you have to drive it hard for the first 500 miles. Make sure it is warmed up properly and then have at it. Use the search function and you will find a lot of threads on this.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:26 AM   #6
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It's a great question, but about 181 miles late in the asking.
I'd stop and follow the break in instructions. Might want to change the oil while your at it.
Many on this forum will tell you to beat on it. If you want to keep it for a while, why take the chance? IMO.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:29 AM   #7
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^ change oil and ease up..
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:50 AM   #8
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Just the reason I am glad I don't have to buy used cars. You never know what the previous owner did to it.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:59 AM   #9
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you worry too much..this car is immortal!
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:03 AM   #10
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When all else fails...read the instructions...aka....owners manual.....the engineers that wrote it have forgotten more about this engine than most on here will ever learn about it
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:04 AM   #11
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Along the lines of what many people here would say about mods, paint, wheels, etc.... It's your car and your money - continue beating the crap out of it if you wish.


Seriously though - stop beating your brand new car. Read your manual and go by the break in recommendations. GM puts them in there for a reason. Since you plan to keep your car a long time, give it a chance to perform its best for you for years to come.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:14 AM   #12
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I would replace all fluids, engine, trans, rear end, and break in according to the owners manual. If your worried, have the eng oil analized.

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Old 10-29-2014, 09:16 AM   #13
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I believe in the hard break in method. I drove mine straight to my shop from the dealer with like 20 miles on it and changed the oil to a non synthetic conventional oil. Ran it hard on that for 500-1000 miles and felt it get stronger along the way. My car pulls very strong and I've driven plenty other camaros to compare. It also uses zero oil between oil changes, and can consistently get 30+ mpg on the highway.. I'm a beleiver. If something breaks it's because its defective.

So don't worry I dought you've hurt anything.. like already said don't beat on it until it's warmed up and you'll be fine, have at it!
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:20 AM   #14
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Here's a link to a good read on a hard break in.. it makes alot of sense.

http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:49 AM   #15
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I believe the "break it in hard" concept.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:52 AM   #16
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This is one of the many good reasons why people who apparently know nothing about cars should stick to little throw-away economy mobile's.

(note: many of those who say "break it in hard" were the same kids who were posting silly stuff in the "teen" thread here)
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:18 AM   #17
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This is one of the many good reasons why people who apparently know nothing about cars should stick to little throw-away economy mobile's.

(note: many of those who say "break it in hard" were the same kids who were posting silly stuff in the "teen" thread here)
I work on cars for a living and I think a hard break in is beneficial...
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:19 AM   #18
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I work on cars for a living and I think a hard break in is beneficial...
I agree and I'm far from a kid. I break all my cars in hard and never have an issue.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:23 AM   #19
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Six months later....... we will have youtube postings.....i am worried ...... What is this sound my engine is making....... sounds like a lifter or a rod or something ......followed by GM bashing when warranty isn't honored
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:44 AM   #20
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Six months later....... we will have youtube postings.....i am worried ...... What is this sound my engine is making....... sounds like a lifter or a rod or something ......followed by GM bashing when warranty isn't honored


Exactly.
The whole "I work on cars for a living" means very little these days where it's less about knowing how to diagnose and fix an issue and just all about reading a code and changing out a part.

I've built enough motors back in my day. At some point, as in everything, simple common sense just comes into play.

For the rest, sorry that your cars keep breaking.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:57 AM   #21
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I basicly bought my 2015 Chevy Camaro and ever since i got it with 19 Miles I have been non stop raping the living shit out of it. Its now at 200 Miles.. Do you guys think I have caused any damage? Annddddd do you really think i should stop because its the critical time to break in an engine.?
See...these cars...come with this great thing called a user's manual. I would have read it....

....in which it tells you to break in the car in for 1,500 miles.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:02 PM   #22
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Exactly.
The whole "I work on cars for a living" means very little these days where it's less about knowing how to diagnose and fix an issue and just all about reading a code and changing out a part.

I've built enough motors back in my day. At some point, as in everything, simple common sense just comes into play.

For the rest, sorry that your cars keep breaking.
Cars have been setting codes since the 80's lol.. and anyone that thinks diagnosing cars is easier today than it was 40 years ago is kidding themselves.

I've been working at my job (Goodyear store) for 17 years. 55 hour work weeks that's almost 50,000 hours I've been working on cars all makes all models. Hopefully that means something. Probably not since I just pull a code and put a part on.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:03 PM   #23
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I don't totally discount the "Break it in hard" theory for anyone who wants to do it that way. Maybe it's the best way... maybe it's the worst way. Regardless, it took me a long time to be able to justify buying myself a really nice car - just because I wanted it. I retired in Dec 2011 and prior to that, my "daily driver" vehicles had a designated purpose of getting me to and from work every day and providing economical transportation for my work-related travel (which amounted to 50K+ miles per year).

My Camaro is purely for pleasure and yes, that includes periods of "spirited driving" whenever the urge strikes. This is also the most technologically advanced vehicle I ever have owned, and if the experts at GM recommend a specific way to break it in... I'm following their advice in hopes of getting maximum life and reliability from this long-awaited addition to my life.

I think if a "hard break-in" was (in GM's opinion) the best way to ensure long and trouble-free ownership, they would either recommend it in the manual or would have taken care of it before it left the factory.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:27 PM   #24
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I drove it pretty easy for break-in.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:34 PM   #25
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Break it in hard. All the people saying "read the manual... Engineers know best" don't seem to understand that the "soft break in" period in there is more for liability purposes than anything else. No manufacturer of anything is ever going to tell a costumer to beat the hell out of the product. Drive it normally and stop worrying about it.
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