Vehicles are made out of parts that need to synchronize after getting assembled in order to achieve optimum performance. How long your vehicle lasts may depend on how you treat it when it is new.
That’s why car manufacturers have the ‘break-in period’ where they recommend certain precautions, driving techniques and maintenance assignments to improve the performance and prolong the lifespan of your vehicle. Of course, you need to consult your owner’s manual for the specific break-in period instructions.
The typical break-in period for most modern cars is around 500 miles or 800 kilometers. Before that, the most common break-in period recommendations are:
1. First Oil Change After 50 To 100 Miles
When your vehicle has been on the road for a long time, you can even change the oil after 5,000 miles. However, when a car is brand new, straight out of the factory, you should change the oil after 50 or 100 miles (80 or 160 kilometers). Later, you can change the oil after the recommended break-in period mileage.
2. Keep Revs Under The 3,000 Rpm Mark
Why? Because the piston rings need to interlock with the cylinder bores tightly. Keep in mind that the piston rings are necessary to prevent oil leakage and if you rev the engine too much, you can disrupt the whole process.
3. Drive At Speeds Of 50 Kph And 80 Kph
Most people will be tempted to test the high speed and acceleration of their new car. However, it may pay off eventually if you don’t exceed the suggested run-in period speed limit. Try to keep it between 50 mph and 80 kilometers per hour.