Though Not Required, These Break-In Period Tips May Help You Maximize Vehicle Performance

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Many modern drivers may wonder if it is still necessary to break in a new vehicle.

Do You Have to Break In a New Car?

Breaking in a new car is something that those who have been driving for a while might be familiar with. But do you have to break in a new car even today, and if so, what steps should you take to do that? We wanted to help drivers answer this question, so let’s take a look.

In the past, drivers may have heard that they needed to follow specific driving instructions when breaking in a new vehicle. These instructions may have included driving below certain speeds until a certain mileage marker or idling the vehicle for a set amount of time. Are these practices still necessary on today’s cars?

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What Is the Mazda Break In Period?

We can’t speak for all auto manufacturers, but we can tell you what Mazda suggests according to the owner’s manual. If you drive a vehicle other than a Mazda, be sure to check with your specific vehicle’s owner’s manual. That said, the Mazda owner’s manual states that no break in period is necessary (for 2016 model year vehicle), but there are some things you can do to maximize your vehicle’s performance capabilities.

Vehicle Break In Period Tips

new 2016 mazda cx-3 in white paint colorThough no break in is required for new 2016 model year Mazda models, here are a few tips you can follow in the first 600 miles (1,000 km) to make sure you get the most out of your Mazda’s fuel economy, engine and longevity.

  1. Avoid maintaining any constant speed for an extended period of time whenever possible. 
  2. Avoid high engine rpm for extended periods of time. 
  3. Refrain from racing the engine. 
  4. Brake and stop the vehicle slowly to avoid hard stops.  
  5. Don’t start the car with the engine at full throttle. 
  6. Don’t tow a trailer until after this period (even if you have a vehicle with towing capabilities). 

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Of course, many drivers may have already known some of these tips would be smart to follow when driving. So, although you do not have to break in a new car (at least if you drive a Mazda), you should still refrain from abusing a new vehicle if you want it to perform at the highest possible standards. For any questions, feel free to contact us at Mazda of Lodi.