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Old 05-01-2013, 10:55 AM
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Default Is there an "optimal" way of breaking in a '13 Hemi w/ 8 sp?

So i've read 500 miles for break in, but does it matter 8 speed or not?

Any other recommendations for breaking in the Hemi 8speed?

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The 8-Speed transmission should not change the break-in procedure. There are a number of schools of thought on how to break-in a new vehicle. Some say baby it during the break-in period, others say, drive like you stole it and then others including the manual typically say drive at normal posted speeds. Then others may have other methods. My method is a combination of the above. Here is my method. For the first 100 miles I tend to baby it, meaning keeping the RPM's down and I vary the speed/RPM's. After the first 100 miles and up to the end of break-in mileage, I also vary the speed/RPM's, but I also start running the RPM's up fairly high for short periods at first, then longer the closer to the end of break-in I get. My rational is the rings need to set and the way to do that is through the pressure of higher RPM's. I have done this on all my trucks, cars and motorcycles I have purchased new. Many have seen many thousands of miles with optimal mpg recordings, no oil leaks and no major engine issues.
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The 8-Speed transmission should not change the break-in procedure. There are a number of schools of thought on how to break-in a new vehicle. Some say baby it during the break-in period, others say, drive like you stole it and then others including the manual typically say drive at normal posted speeds. Then others may have other methods. My method is a combination of the above. Here is my method. For the first 100 miles I tend to baby it, meaning keeping the RPM's down and I vary the speed/RPM's. After the first 100 miles and up to the end of break-in mileage, I also vary the speed/RPM's, but I also start running the RPM's up fairly high for short periods at first, then longer the closer to the end of break-in I get. My rational is the rings need to set and the way to do that is through the pressure of higher RPM's. I have done this on all my trucks, cars and motorcycles I have purchased new. Many have seen many thousands of miles with optimal mpg recordings, no oil leaks and no major engine issues.
Thanks. Will you go WOT ever after the 1st 100 miles?
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I'll give my cars and trucks 150 miles then drive it like a rental and take whatever breaks back to the dealer to get fixed. That's how I actually learned the pulleys weren't properly aligned at the factory on a mustang GT I have back in the day. The serpentine belt didn't fly off till after 5200 rpm. Needles to say they fixed it. So far I haven't broken the Ram in 4500 miles just a computer crash.
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Thanks. Will you go WOT ever after the 1st 100 miles?
Sorry not familiar with "WOT", so not sure how to answer your question.
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I drove at different speeds with different RPM's. I accelerated lightly at times and other times I accelerated more heavily. I didn't baby it, but I didn't beat the hell out of it to see what broke either.
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A motor needs short bursts of acceleration (in higher gears to avoid “free revving”) to seat the piston rings properly to ensure good compression. Our manual even states to give the truck short bursts of hard acceleration to aid in this process for the first few hundred miles. What I did to break mine is was every time I was on the freeway or on an arterial road with a speed limit of 40MPH or higher I would gun it and gain 20MPH or so a few times a drive to help the rings to bite into the cylinder wall cross hatch. Just don’t get on it in 1st or 2nd gear because there is so little resistance when the truck has that much mechanical advantage it doesn’t help break-in.
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Sort of off topic, but at what mileage are most changing their first oil/filter at?

Most vehicles I change long before the 5000km mark, usually around 500 or less.
My thinking is, most wear items are going to happen during that time so it's best to get them the heck out there sooner rather than later.

And for those that say your motor has break in oil, it should stay in there longer.
There is no such thing as Break-in oil. Break-in oil simply means the oil that came with the motor (which is the same as other oils, it is nothing special) during it's initial fire/start up.
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