A quick guide about handling a new car

This is an article about a very debated topic. The run-in or break-in period for your new car. Whenever we buy a new vehicle there is someone or the other that gives us an advice to follow some do’s and don’ts for a few thousand kilometers. We are excited to get in the new car and rev it to the red line. But, what if we tell you that it is actually wrong. The entire engine life and the quality of performance it will deliver depends on how you handle your car for the first few thousand kilometers.

The longer you control your desires, the better it is for the engine. But you should at least wait for the odo to clock 2,500 km. This may sound a bit boring and old-fashioned, but this is the truth. The new engine for which you have paid a big amount is not ready to give you all it has. It takes time for different parts to settle down. Parts like piston rings, cylinders, connecting bolts and even the brakes require time to get on their place. We are listing a 5 precautions to be taken for a longer and better engine life.

1) Do NOT Rev too much – Many of you will have met some automobile gurus who tell you to rev the engine at its highest while it is new. This according to them makes the engine habitual to high RPM ranges. Please don’t follow them. This will give the new engine the hardest time of its life. Keep the RPM limited to somewhere between 2,000-2,500 for first 1,500 km. You can then increase it by another thousand and reach a maximum 3500 RPM for another 1,500 km. This is pretty much it. You can do whatever you want to after 3,000 km. Diesel engines will feel better if the RPM is kept even lower.

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2) Drive at different RPM’s – A stable ride at a constant RPM is not recommended for new engines. The new parts need to fit in their places. So, they need different pressures to get the optimum position. Long drives on open roads and heavy traffics should be avoided. Shorter distance drives with different courses of road will help your engine to adjust and get ready to face anything in the future.

3) Wait for a few seconds after ignition – As mentioned earlier the parts have not settled yet. As soon as we ignite, air and fuel starts mixing leading to combustion. So, the not so stable parts need a while to get on the go. Hence, waiting for a few seconds is advisable.

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4) Do not use full throttle for rapid acceleration – This has to be followed while starting from a halt and also during on-going drives too. The throttle should be used with a very stable acceleration or rhythmically. Yes, the acceleration should be in proper rhythm.

5) First oil change at 1,000 km – I know the manufacturer prescribes a longer limit. But, it is strongly advisable to change it once. Then you can follow the regular cycle. For those who don’t know, new engine doesn’t provide the expected mileage. Changing oil earlier will get you the desired mileage very soon.

These five precaution, if followed, will lead to proper and even wearing of all the parts. The car will give you minimal maintenance and a very long engine life. I know, its hard but it is for the greater good. 😉 Happy Motoring! 🙂


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