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Breaking -in: the real story

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I'm sorry if this topic is repetitive. I've looked through the search menu and have, frankly, been a little confused. Some have said that you should just drive no problem, others have said go highway, and still others have said to do stop-and-go city driving. I've even read the posts that have said that Honda has 2,000 miles on the engine prior to your purchase (hmmm...). We're buying our Odyessy 3 hours away, highway driving. I had no thought of driving it home until I talked to my brother who said I should be careful about how we drive the car during "the break in period." I am not a car expert, but is this a real issue or just something made up that you can blame yourself for in the future if anything goes wrong?
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Paraphrased from the owner's manual:

During the first 600 miles:
  • Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration
  • Avoid hard braking. New brakes need to be broken-in by moderate braking for the first 200 miles (300 km)
  • Do not change the oil until the recommended time or mileage
  • Do not tow a trailer
  • Do not laugh hysterically at owners of other minivans (just kidding, this is actually OK and recommended!)

There have been suggestions here to avoid holding a steady speed, especially with the cruise control. Hyundai includes that recommendation in their owner's manual, but I can't find that in Honda's. It has become part of internet lore.

A couple of weeks ago I asked an 80-year old relative about constant speed during break-in and he said that he heard it in the 1930s. I wonder if it was actually valid then and more important, is it valid now. Can anyone cite authoritative sources on this? I'm beginning to wonder if varying the break-in speed is an "old husband's tale." We need more than "I heard that..."

You may be able to download the <a href="">owner's manual</a> from the American Honda Motors Ownerlink website. Don't do that unless you have a highspeed internet connection; the file is 6.5MB.



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[This message has been edited by Maugham (edited 02-02-2002).]
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