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What did you guys do for the break in period?
What is recommended by Dodge for the break in period?
 

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Your owner's manual should give you the manufacturer's recommendations for the break in period. In my case, I just drove it the way I intended to and got the oil changed around 2500 miles or so to get the break in oil out.

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Your owner's manual should give you the manufacturer's recommendations for the break in period. In my case, I just drove it the way I intended to and got the oil changed around 2500 miles or so to get the break in oil out.

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That's what I did also, I just didn't put it to the floor until 1000 miles, oil changed at 2500. :smileup:
 

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Break in? I had mine at the track with only 300 miles on it lol. The dealer will do the first oil chang at 3000. My 04 that I traded for this one was done the same way. I beat the hell out of that truck 1st 1000 miles. Not 1 issue after 8 years and 70,000 miles. I plan to do the same with this one. Shes at 1250 now and this weekend I plan to test the towing out.
 

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well you will get alot of different opinion on this one

some research in racing engine says that it is good do put the pedal to the floor without holding it their once in a while

other says not too


in my case just like about everyone else, y broke it in the same way i drive it, at the exception that i did not use the cruse controle because most says not to hold the rpm to long at the same,...

well anyway,.. it warranty.... lol
 

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Break in? I had mine at the track with only 300 miles on it lol. The dealer will do the first oil chang at 3000. My 04 that I traded for this one was done the same way. I beat the hell out of that truck 1st 1000 miles. Not 1 issue after 8 years and 70,000 miles. I plan to do the same with this one. Shes at 1250 now and this weekend I plan to test the towing out.
Totally agree with your method of operation. I've taken almost every car or truck I've owned to the drag strip (even the slower ones) and plan on going this spring with my new one. After about 300 miles it should be fine.
 

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If you baby it the rings will never seat. Not that you have to worrie to much about that with a factory engine. You really nead to put the engine under a load. I find the drag strip a great place to do this lol. Just drive it like your going to drive. Change the factory oil at 2500/3000 miles and done. Im at 1250 and the oil still lookes clean. Im not sure there is any "break in oil" from the factory.
 

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I left the dealership, flipped onto I-35N and dropped the hammer! I let it warm up of course before hand but I have mixed feelings about that whole break in period stuff. If it's gonna blow, let her blow early so there is no excuse why the warranty won't cover it. You can just tell them it was like that when you cranked it up that morning, :LOL: Unless it blew chunks.
 

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Well as soon as I pick the truck up, I will just drive it how I would normally and not use cruise control. Any other opinions would be appreciated.
 

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10 years ago they said baby it for the first 600 miles, only going over 60 for short bursts
I believe Dodge now says 2 or 300 miles is enough

I stole this from a post that BRAD posted in October 2011

During the break-in period (first 500-1000kms) avoid WOT in first gear.
As others have indicated, vary your speed....especially on the highway.
Do Not pull a very heavy trailer.
Periodic hard acceleration is good for the break-in.

The break-in period is more for the transmission and differentials, then for the engine....especially the differentials. They need to be work hardened to work properly for a long time. Acceleration and deceleration provides this work hardening, but extreme load is damaging, which is why...no heavy trailers and 1st gear WOT.
 

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Well I did only one WOT from 1st getting on the freeway, pretty much drove it like I drive anyway, (my foot is in it more than not)...I did use cruse from time to time, plus nice easy down shifts once in a while...did the same with my Durangos and have had no complaints. I have 1900 miles on 'er with nothing towed so far. But, the wife and I LOVE IT!!
 
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