New cars require a period of conditioning (called break-in period) so that the mechanical system can segue into full working condition. You’ve bought your new car and now you want to make it last at long as possible in top condition. The break-in period helps you achieve this. Here are some things to remember as you pull your new car out of the dealer’s lot:
1. During the break-in period — usually the first 1,000 to 2,000 km — keep your speed under 85 km/h or to the speed recommended by your car manufacturer’s operating manual.
2. Use only light to medium acceleration — keep the engine rpm below 3,000.
3. Avoid heavy loads on the drive train. This means avoid squeezing too many people into the car, avoid towing anything and avoid loading the roof rack or trunk with heavy items.
4. Do not allow your new car to idle for long periods. The oil pressure isn’t high enough to send oil to every part of your engine thus creating additional mechanical wear and tear.
Failing to apply the above practice for new cars may result in additional stress and strain on your car’s mechanical system leading to more frequent workshop visits.
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