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okay well i just purchased my 2004 type s about 2 weeks ago and i was just wondering what the correct break in period is. Ive heard things like wait 600-1000 miles? If this is true, is it bad to hit vtec once in a while if only at 600-800 miles? Ive also heard that during the break in period, you should push your car to the limit. I dont know, i got that from this site.break in secrets . Another one of my friends told me not to start racing or hitting vtec all the time till at least 2000-3000 miles. So i need your help, which one is TRUE???
 

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The dealership told me 600 miles, but I waited till about 1k before I would start reving past 6000 regularly. I would just wait, better waiting another couple weeks rather than cause damage to the engine later on down the road.
 

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I waited until 600 miles (what the dealership told me) before hitting vtec. I was also very gentle in accelerating and braking until then.
 

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well i hit vtec once and i had about 450-500 miles because my friend was talkin shit in his integra ls automatic. Could that do any serious damage? And now im at more then 950, is it okae to hit vtec like 2-5 times a day?
 

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Also, don't forget the manual says that the breaks have a break-in (no pun intended)period of the first 200 miles.
 

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ya, ive taken good care of my brakes. i havent had to brake really hard so im not worrying about my brakes just the engine
 

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Acura provides an owners manual for reason. Take an hour or so some day to read through it. It answers a lot of basic questions.

Its your car, so do what you want. However, if you don't want any warranty problems, follow what the book says.
 

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There's a lot of differing opinion about the break-in period. Basically, you're just trying to make sure your rings seat properly in the cylinders so you don't burn oil later on. I would just drive the car like a normal 40-year-old for the first 600 miles, then drive your car like you want. Honda engines are pretty good, so it's unlikely you're going to have a problem no matter what you do (except mis-shift).
 

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I redline new cars off the lot. Then drive for a good 2 hours straight all over the rev range. 3 hours after the car is off the lot it's broken in.

1992 acura integra, 273 000 km, runs like new
1999 acura 1.6 el had 138 000 when traded, ran like new
2003 rsx same thing, runs perfect.
 

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babying your motor isn't the best thing for your car either. it's good to rev to like 5 or 6 every so often when your breaking in your car. it'll give it enough pressure that way to seat the rings properly.
 

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Just remember to have your oil changed a little earlier as some particles off the new engine will fall into place. And yes I would agree with whtciv2k, also long trips on break in is bad, want to vary the rpms/engine speed.
 

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Maybe this is somewhat off topic, but this would definately help you: dont change your oil untill you reach 10k (i dont know about if you hit vtec everyday), because there is a special additive in the oil to get your engine used to its functions making it more reliable, better phrased on the Acura Owners Link.
 

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the additives yea thats BS about that my friends got a z06 and he changed his oil at 1200miles. I change mine every 3000mi with synthetic. idc how long syn oil can last but do you really want oil in there for that long? whole point of oil is to lubricate. About the break in thing, i dont believe in that i did go easy on the motor just to seat the piston rings probably but u gotta like 03rsexy said, youve gotta go all over the rpm range.
 

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Acura specifically says NOT to change the oil early the first time...why would they say that if it weren't for a reason...they'd be screwing themselves out of extra money.
 

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oh really engineers engineer the car, technicians fix the cars.Like i said before do you really want oil in ur engine for 10k with or without additives? thats like leaving gas in your gas tank for 3month without driving it.
 

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It's not 10K.....it's 5K...
 

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LOL would there be any oil in the damn thing at 10k?

It's all personal preference, if you go by the manufacturers recommended intervals then it should be fine.

My personal preference is however to break it in like a newly rebuilt engine, then swap the oil out at 2500-3000 km. This is what I've always done, it's what I do to my new rebuilds and it's what everyone I work with practice.
 

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03RSeXyasscar said:
LOL would there be any oil in the damn thing at 10k?

It's all personal preference, if you go by the manufacturers recommended intervals then it should be fine.

My personal preference is however to break it in like a newly rebuilt engine, then swap the oil out at 2500-3000 km. This is what I've always done, it's what I do to my new rebuilds and it's what everyone I work with practice.
Don't laugh, a chick at work here went almost 14,000 miles in an Escort without an oil change...it was a rather disturbing black sludge. That being said, the car is still on the road. :D
 

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some guy at the ford dealership went 33k and doing one oil change seized up his crank and welded his rods to the crank.
 
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