tsingh wrote: I picked up my new 2013 RDX AWD Tech yesterday. Really excited to get this, traded in my 2008 Accord Sedan V6 EXL.
This is my first new vehicle and I was wondering if there is a proper way to drive the vehicle when it's new.
Is there a proper way to 'break in' the vehicle? And how long is the break in period?
Congrats, the new RDX is a fantastic vehicle. I think Acura absolutely nailed it this time around.
As for break-in, short of full throttle drag racing and panic stops for the first 1000 miles or so, I would just suggest that you drive it moderately. Don't let it idle for an extended period to warm up - get in, start the car, and drive off within 20-30 seconds. But you should do that even after the car is broken in.
revvin wrote: hondas have a high moly break-in oil so follow the manual on changes.
^^ I agree on this. Talk with your dealer specifically on this. I believe that the first oil change is much later than most people are comfortable with. This is due to the fact that the oil is a special blend that is designed to help the engine "break in".
I also agree with taking it easy during the break in. 500-1000 miles is reasonable.
Yes, engines will benefit from proper break-in. Drive it hard. Avoid idling and traffic jam, slow traffic.
The most important thing is to get rings seated well and that will not be done if you baby it around. Oil consumption can develop from that. Since more things, like bearings etc. have to be broke in too, you do not want to drive hard for extended periods of time, short bursts only.
Allow air to vent engine area and cool radiators by avoiding idle and slow traffic. With warm engine, (like Jeff said start driving soon after starting, it warms faster that way, be gentle on cold engine, no hard drive then), purposely accelerate engine for short spurts on lower gears, followed by deceleration. Avoid full throttle bursts in the beginning. High cylinder pressure will seat the rings faster, hence the "drive hard" advice, however to prolong life of other components like bearings etc. that prefer a different approach you want to avoid "hard drive" for long periods at a time.
Avoid constant speed, load and rpm. Vary speed, load and rpm frequently, on purpose, be mindful of traffic around you though.