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Old 21 Jan 2002, 02:25 am
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Default break in engine

I just bought my pt cruzier and was wondering the best way to break in a new engine.

never had a new car before.

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Old 21 Jan 2002, 12:31 pm
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Follow the recommendations in your manual. That being said, I usually change the oil and filter immediately (5w-30 Mobil 1 synthetic oil and a premium filter like Purolator Pure One, K&N, or Mobil One)and follow the severe oil and filter guidelines (change the "oil and filter" every 3,000 miles). This ensures that no floating bits or assembly lube is left in the engine.

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Old 21 Jan 2002, 03:30 pm
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I agree with sci-fi..change the oil and filter after even 500 miles. There are bound to be minute traces of metal shavings in a brand new engine. Then, (maybe disputable) I would break it in the way you're going to drive it. Vary the speeds, but don't be afraid to wind it up occaisionally..they love it. If you drive it too'll "think" you want to be that way all the time. These engines adjust to the owner's style of driving. Mine winds up all the way to redline effortlessly, 'cause I've driven it that way (w/o abusing it) since day one. Changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles is imperative to engine life..don't be fooled by 5,000-7,000 mile claims, no matter how easy you drive it, or how many freeway miles you do in between changes.

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Old 21 Jan 2002, 04:44 pm
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Gotta go along with Sci-Fi and Cruzin NW. I broke mine in at highway speeds moving from Maryland to Florida. Sat in traffic and cruised between 70 and 80. Changed to Castrol synthetic when I got here and change every 3,000 with filter. Just passed the 30,000 mile mark and haven't had a bit of trouble. Good luck with your new cruiser. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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