Congratulations on your new car! We are sure you cannot wait to take it out on the road and break it in.
For decades manufacturers have recommended Breaking in a new car. This ritual is often referred to as “conventional wisdom”. It consists of a combination of driving techniques, precautions, and maintenance tasks to help extend a car’s lifespan.
Why is breaking in your automobile a good idea? It ensures that early on engine wear is kept to a minimum, oil flow is even and smooth through all moving parts, and specific parts for example the piston rings and transmission, can adjust to each other.
Here are some tips, tricks and special techniques that can be used to give your new car the time it needs to adjust to everyday driving conditions:
No Extreme Acceleration
We know it’s tempting to put “the pedal to the metal” on your new car but extreme acceleration is damaging to your car. Why? This can put a strain on the engine oil, piston rings, and cylinders. Extreme acceleration when the car is still cold can be extremely harmful. It is imperative to accelerate gently in the first 1000 miles and work through the gears quickly before the RPM can build too high.
Avoid Hard and Fast Braking
Slow braking is the way to go, hard brakes damage brake pads. A car’s brake pads need 200 miles at least to wear-in properly and to fit with parts like the rotors and calipers. Hard braking can cause the brake pads to wear rapidly, meaning you'll need new brake pads sooner.
Avoid Short Trips Which Don’t Give the Engine Time to Warm Up
When your engine is cold, it needs to work twice as hard, straining the oil delivery cycle. This is why short trips are discouraged. To break in your new car, take it on a long drive to let the engine warm through.
With these guidelines its imperative to keep proper maintenance as it extends the longevity of your car. Book your appointment at 800CarGuru Service Center Now!