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Which school of thought is right for breaking in engines - keep RPM below 3000 for the first 3000 miles, or rev up to redline?

Which school of thought is right for breaking in engines - keep RPM below 3000 for the first 3000 miles, or rev up to redline?
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  • John Lloyd
  1. How many miles before engine breaks in?
  2. How do you break in an engine?
  3. Can engine braking damage engine?
  4. What happens if you don't break in your car?
  5. Do new car engines need to be broken?
  6. How do you break in new piston rings?
  7. How do you break in an LS engine?
  8. Should I change my oil after the first 1000 miles?
  9. Is it OK to take a new car on a long trip?
  10. Do modern engines need running in?

How many miles before engine breaks in?

Most experts consider the first 500 miles as a reasonable and sufficient break-in period. The reasoning behind this practice is that keeping revs relatively low helps the piston rings seal against the cylinder bores properly.

How do you break in an engine?

6 Techniques for Breaking in a New Car

  1. Don't Push the Engine Too Hard. In the first 1,000 miles, don't push the engine to the red line. ...
  2. Change Gear at a Low RPM. ...
  3. Don't Floor the Accelerator. ...
  4. Avoid Short Trips Which Don't Give the Engine Time to Warm Up. ...
  5. Don't Tow Heavy Loads. ...
  6. Adjust Your Driving Style for Safety.

Can engine braking damage engine?

First of all, to dispel the myth – engine braking does not harm your engine at all. Engines are designed to run at thousands of revs per minute for hours at a time. Changing down, whilst may be a bit jerky at times, doesn't inflict any damage. It's also good for the engine because it was designed to be driven that way.

What happens if you don't break in your car?

If you don't hoon your car, but simply ignore the break in procedures and drive to work and whatnot, you'll probably sell your car before anything goes wrong with the engine. In older engines strictly following the break-in procedures was far more important due to less advanced materials and less consistent tolerances.

Do new car engines need to be broken?

Yes and no... Doing an engine break-in used to be a standard procedure with new cars. And it's still the case that you should avoid running the engine at high RPM for the first 1,300 miles. Experts recommend a maximum 3,500 rpm and 90 mph in diesel models and 4,500 rpm and 100 mph in gas models.

How do you break in new piston rings?

At first start up, keep the engine just above idle and give it a few revs up and down. This power on and power off RPM breaks in the piston and rings evenly on the intake and exhaust sides. If air cooled, once the engine builds up heat where it becomes too hot to touch, shut the engine off.

How do you break in an LS engine?

Break In Procedure

  1. Always put safety first. ...
  2. Be sure to check the engine's oil level and prime the oil system.
  3. Run the engine between 2,000 and 2,500 RPMs, with no-load on the engine for the first 30 minutes.
  4. Adjust the distributor timing roughly by hand for a quick start-up and the smoothest idle possible.

Should I change my oil after the first 1000 miles?

So after 1000 miles the filter would cease to filter the oil. The improved assembly process and improved chemistry have made this no longer necessary. If it was a concern, the dealer would require it since they warranty the engine for 60,000 or up to 100,000 miles. Do what it says in the owner's manual.

Is it OK to take a new car on a long trip?

Many newer cars don't need a break-in period though many auto makers do recommend it in the Owner's manual. City driving is probably the best way to break in the engine, though. ... Long distance travel actually helps break in the engine and it should eventually improve its performance over time.

Do modern engines need running in?

A: Most new cars don't require running-in, but you certainly won't do your engine any harm by taking it easy for the first few hundred miles. ... This used to be the responsibility of the owner, but many modern car engines either don't require running in, or the procedure is done on a 'bench' at the factory.

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