Do you know how to “Break In” your car properly? Proper Break-In of new vehicles is very important for the health and longevity of your new vehicle and can add or take away many years of life to your new dream car. We’ve compiled a few short pointers and tips to properly break in your vehicle below:
1. Practice patience during the break-in period
- Try to keep your speed under 55 mph (88 kph) or the speed recommended by your car’s manufacturer for the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
- Avoid heavy loads on the drive train, such as towing trailers, and loading the roof rack or trunk with heavy construction materials.
- Do not allow your new car to idle for long periods — this is good advice for the life of your car, but especially during break in. The oil pressure generated by doing so may not be sending oil to every part of your engine.
- Try to avoid sudden acceleration or speedy take off’s during the break-in period. Use only light to medium acceleration, keeping the engine rpms below 3,000 for the first few hours of driving.
So next time you purchase a brand new car or you just purchased your dream car to practice these best practice car care tips for proper break-in of your new vehicle.