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Old 12-05-2010, 04:30 PM
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Just don't bury the tach needle in the red.

If you are going to be driving at sustained highway speeds at cruise, vary the speed once in a while.

I like the idea of changing the oil a couple of times ahead of the recommended interval on a new engine.

Otherwise, just enjoy the drive!!!
Hemi tachs have a red line? Mine doesn't, I thought it was just unlimited horsepower and torque.

I think the manual says to drive it normally and maybe vary the speed for the first several hundred miles, but recommends not flooring it for the first few hundred miles
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From the 2011 owner's manual;

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ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
A long break-in period is not required for the engine and drivetrain (transmission and axle) in your vehicle.


Drive moderately during the first 300 miles (500 km). After the initial 60 miles (100 km), speeds up to 50 or 55 mph (80 or 90 km/h) are desirable.

While cruising, brief full-throttle acceleration within the limits of local traffic laws, contributes to a good break-in. Wide-open throttle acceleration in low gear can be detrimental and should be avoided.

The engine oil installed in the engine at the factory is a high-quality energy conserving type lubricant. Oil changes should be consistent with anticipated climate conditions under which vehicle operations will occur. For the recommended viscosity and quality grades refer to “Maintenance Procedures” in “Maintaining Your Vehicle”. NON-DETERGENT OR STRAIGHT MINERAL OILS MUST NEVER BE USED.

A new engine may consume some oil during its first few thousand miles (kilometers) of operation. This should be considered a normal part of the break-in and not interpreted as an indication of difficulty.
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More important then HOW you drive it, is changing the oil and filter at the proper intervals and getting the "break in" oil out, with all the tiny metal shavings that are in it from rings wearing into cylinders.

I like to change my oil (on a new vehicle) at 500, then 1000, then at normal intervals.

As others have stated, I drove them like I normally do.

Don't baby it, but don't redline it either, until after at 1000 miles.

After that, all bets were off for me..........

I could swear that my buddy told me that these days after the motors are built, they are ran and flushed prior to being installed. This makes sense otherwise there would be alot more issues concerning people taking test drives with these new vehicles.
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In my manual it says the very first oil change shouldn't be until 13000km
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If you seen them at the factory on the rolls test you would be surprised to know that these things go thru what is similar to a dyno and sometimes I have seen speeds of 100 mph on the speedo so break it in the way you are gonna drive it all the time that is what I was told by one of the best mechanics I know especially newer cars.
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guys, it has nothing to do with the engine, its all about the tranny...go ahead and do a burn out of the parking lot of the dealer, but dont whine when you have differential issues down the line.
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guys, it has nothing to do with the engine, its all about the tranny...go ahead and do a burn out of the parking lot of the dealer, but dont whine when you have differential issues down the line.
A very valid point. Whether it is a dirt bike or a new car/truck so many people talk about the engine and often times seating the rings properly. I think the rings are probably about seated in the first few miles but the rest of the drivetrain can use a little TLC for the first few hundred miles.

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Todays engines are ready to go...no break in needed. Now as mentioned the tranny is the key to your success. My Lightning came out out of the lot with white smoke coming from it too like mentioned above! I drive that truck like it was supposed to be driven hard...it still runs low low 12's with the stock motor, stock tranny and some bolt ons of course.
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I drive my new vehicles like I would normally, no special treatment.
Then before the first thousand miles, dump all oils, and change all filters, and refill.
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I don't believe in a break in. Just regular maintenance......
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