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So you just bought a new car, and all you want to do is drive it around. But before you pick it up, you should be aware of the break in period and why it is important to maintaining your car in the long run.

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So what is breaking in the car?

Breaking in the car is essentially taking it easy in the first 1000 miles of picking up your brand new car. This only applies to new cars from the manufacturer because with new cars, there is a certain degree of care required so that its component can eventually adjust to each other.

Benefits to the Break in Period

The first 1000 miles will have major impact to how strongly that engine will perform, how much engine it will consume and how long it will last. By going through a proper break in, you will ensure that your engine can achieve maximum output with the least amount of oil consumption and keep your engine running cleaner and cooler.

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Do I have to break in the car?

You might have read some articles talking about how manufacturers run hour long stress tests on the cars as a quality assurance test before coming off the line. What is missing in those articles is that they might not run these tests for every car that come off the line.

So in short, yes it is highly recommended to have a break in period.

Break in Procedure

– Do not exceed 3,000 RPM
– Avoid sustained periods at the same RPM at high speeds (no cruise control)
– Oil change at 100 miles, then again around 4000 miles. This is to ensure that you clean out the tiny metal particles worn off the new engine.

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