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    Break in period?

    picked up a 2012 exl today

    the car salesman said that the car should be not driven at the same rpm for more than 5 minutes during the break in period

    see no mention of a break in period (search of pdf owners manual) other than no revving or sudden braking the first 600 miles.

    please post your thoughts and experiences

    thx

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    i was wondering the same thing, i read on some blog that with new engines you actually need to go full throttle for the first 20 miles so the combustion pressure would seal the cylinders seals Google it... im at a loss how the manual says just the opposite and he can say what he says...

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    What does the manual say? I dont have it with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cooljoe613 View Post
    i was wondering the same thing, i read on some blog that with new engines you actually need to go full throttle for the first 20 miles so the combustion pressure would seal the cylinders seals Google it... im at a loss how the manual says just the opposite and he can say what he says...
    If you want a new engine at 50 miles go for it. Use your logic, all parts in your car are brand new and need to be worked in gently, especially the engine. It needs to polish itself out, if you go full throttle you may damage your engine or have an excessive oil consumption. When you polish your car do you start with the your polishing machine with full throttle or you gently increase speed as you progress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oh2010 View Post
    ....no revving or sudden braking the first 600 miles.
    You got it...

    Ours had less than 100 miles when we set out for our vacation trip to Charleston, SC via Charlotte, NC. We hit the magic 600-mile mark while in Charleston, and had plenty of "same RPM" travel along the way. The key is to be gentle while the friction surfaces in the engine and on the brake rotors get bedded in.

    Your salesman must be "old school"... I haven't heard advice like that since the 1970's
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    I would follow the written advice of the manufacturer over the spoken word of a salesman.
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    The "old way" used to guarantee that oil made it to the cylinder walls. By varying the rpms, you vary the vacuum which in turn pulls oil up the walls when the vacuum is high.
    As to whether or not it is necessary, all I can say is that we have a 2001 Caravan(we're seriously looking at a new Odyssey) that we broke in the old way and with 174,000 miles on it, it doesn't burn a drop of oil to this day.

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    I would just follow the manual written from the engineers.

    See post #167 of this link: 2011 + Odyssey Reviews and Articles

    Here is a quote: "For example, Honda has developed a technique it calls plateau honing for the cylinder walls of its engines. Rather than a standard single-step machining process with a honing tool — an abrasive that smoothes the cylinder to the required finish — plateau honing uses two stages of grinding to produce a surface that is ultrasmooth yet leaves a pattern of very fine grooves to hold oil."
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    Service and Sales told me mine would get better mpg when break in is complete. I can't wait. 50K + miles......I have to be getting close.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by wild willy View Post
    Service and Sales told me mine would get better mpg when break in is complete. I can't wait. 50K + miles......I have to be getting close.....
    lol...

    WW, prolly your one of the members here that has sense of humor.. keep posting..
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    Quote Originally Posted by oh2010 View Post
    picked up a 2012 exl today

    the car salesman said that the car should be not driven at the same rpm for more than 5 minutes during the break in period

    see no mention of a break in period (search of pdf owners manual) other than no revving or sudden braking the first 600 miles.

    please post your thoughts and experiences

    thx
    he forgot to specify that its the cruise control..
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    It's a van, your not going to be racing it I hope. Just drive easy, no sudden bursts of speed, and vary your speed on the highway and you will be fine. Even if you don't do this, you will be fine.
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    This is really confusing. Brake pad manufacturers have instructions on breaking in pads that includes repeated stops from 60 mph to bed in the pads. How does this correlate with not using the brakes hard? Doesn't make sense. I knew some engine builders when I was younger who used to say to break in an engine by driving in in a normal manner (which by implication meant to vary the engine speed. I think that is legit, but I don't get the don't jump on the brakes part....
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    im at 840 miles did exactly what the manual says, lets see if my mpg improves im getting 15.8 avr. went on freeway for 200 of those miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by vthehonda View Post
    If you want a new engine at 50 miles go for it. Use your logic, all parts in your car are brand new and need to be worked in gently, especially the engine. It needs to polish itself out, if you go full throttle you may damage your engine or have an excessive oil consumption. When you polish your car do you start with the your polishing machine with full throttle or you gently increase speed as you progress?
    i agree! but his blog seams convincing as well... oh well im passed the brake in period whats done is done!

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