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    Does Honda recommend any specific driving patterns for new engines 'break in" other than, I assume, careful modulated driving at ~2000 rpm i.e highway speeds?

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    The owner's manual also has a section dedicated to break-in.
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    I recently purchased a 2012 EX-L and was looking in the manual for recommended breake-in. There is not section on breaking in your honda. I found an electronic copy of the 2011 manual that did have a section on breaking in your honda. Interesting? On my 2007 honda the mechanic told be not to change the oil early since honda has a special oil that should be used for 3,000 miles. Anyone else heard of this?

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    Check on page 299 of the 2012 OM.

    During the first 600 miles (1,000 km) of operation,
    avoid sudden acceleration or full throttle operation so
    as to not damage the engine or powertrain.

    Avoid hard braking for the first 200 miles (300 km).
    You should also follow this when the brake pads are
    replaced.


    I've noted that the break-in period is becoming less relevant in new cars nowadays. I guess engine materials and technology make it less prone to issues. That does not mean to treat it like crap, just go easy on it during its first 1000-2000 miles.

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    By the time you hit 1000 miles (but probably less), everything should be well seated. Personally, I avoid steady-state cruising at the "same" RPM for extended times. I will vary speed (i.e. RPM) by changing gear and/or getting off and on the freeway every few exits if going on a trip during break-in.

    Post break-in, I also change fluids early (engine & trans) to get out any sizeable debris that may have accumulated during this period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sumcons View Post
    Great info. Thanks. Anyone did an oil change after 20 miles?

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    I bought my 12 EX-L with 5 miles on it and after the first 200miles on the odo and three days later... my family and I headed 840 miles approximately 14hrs of driving, traveling 70-80mph all the way down for a vacation in FL and then returned to VA.. in two weeks put over 2000miles on her. So far so good.. i will update IF i have any issues.

    *note: I will also let you know how my oil looks when i do my first oil change this weekend after my trip up to PA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdpnoy View Post
    Great info. Thanks. Anyone did an oil change after 20 miles?
    Not seen it before, but the Honda Service manager may laugh and mother nature may get a bit pissed off

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBoat View Post
    Check on page 299 of the 2012 OM.

    During the first 600 miles (1,000 km) of operation,
    avoid sudden acceleration or full throttle operation so
    as to not damage the engine or powertrain.

    Avoid hard braking for the first 200 miles (300 km).
    You should also follow this when the brake pads are
    replaced.


    I've noted that the break-in period is becoming less relevant in new cars nowadays. I guess engine materials and technology make it less prone to issues. That does not mean to treat it like crap, just go easy on it during its first 1000-2000 miles.
    I was rather surprised at the scarcity of break-in language in the manual - "Break-in" is not listed in the index. I did see though that towing should not be done for the first 600 miles. I think common sense goes a long way, but it does seem that it's not the issue that it used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuk20022 View Post
    I was rather surprised at the scarcity of break-in language in the manual - "Break-in" is not listed in the index. I did see though that towing should not be done for the first 600 miles. I think common sense goes a long way, but it does seem that it's not the issue that it used to be.
    Not only engine break in but also the paint job. In 2002 when I bought the BMW, I was told by the dealer that for the first month (? can't remember exactly), I should not wash the car as the paint and the clear coat need time to cure.

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    The 2011 manual has a break-in section with the following page 540: Help assure your vehicle’s future
    reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you drive during the first 600 miles (1,000 km).
    During this period: Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration. Avoid hard braking for the first
    200 miles (300 km). Do not change the oil until the scheduled maintenance time. You should also follow these
    recommendations with an overhauled or exchanged engine, or hen the brakes are replaced.
    Do not tow a trailer.
    I don't know why this was taken out the 2012 manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by bald eagle View Post
    I don't know why this was taken out the 2012 manual
    I cannot find it in my 2012 manual either. Is it safe to assume that I should follow the 2011 break-in procedures?

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    I know a few guys who swear by "hard break ins". Although they still try to vary thier RPMs quite a bit, they don't shy away from stop-light drag races and sudden stops.

    Myself, I think that "normal" driving probably produces as good of a break-in as anything. Only thing I'd avoid is towing, but I'm not planning on towing with the ody anyway.

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