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post #1 of 66 Old 11-14-2009, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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When breaking in the new Camero, it says it shouldn't be driven at any one sustained speed for any length of time. I'm always running back and forth from Destin Florida and New Orleans, 260 miles, and about 4 hrs. Will driving it at highway speeds for that length of time, be not advisable during the breaking in period. Any thought's on this, guys. Thanks
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While it isn't advised, if it is not avoidable (as in your case) you should be OK of you keep the speed/RPM down as often as you can

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It doesn't take too long to break in a car. There are about as many opinions on the "correct" way as there are stars in the sky. When you say highway I guess you don't mean Interstate. You have stop and go traffic through towns as well or is this Interstate? Just vary mph up and down occassionally if Interstate.
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my local dealers (i called a few) say there is no break in required anymore and that i didnt need my first oil change til 7500 miles since the car comes from factory with synthetic oil. they also said same applies for the new vettes. my manual states 1400 miles or something for break in. go figure. i put 500 miles on it before i tried competitive mode. the harder i drive it the more it keeps waking it up.
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my local dealers (i called a few) say there is no break in required anymore and that i didnt need my first oil change til 7500 miles since the car comes from factory with synthetic oil. they also said same applies for the new vettes. my manual states 1400 miles or something for break in. go figure. i put 500 miles on it before i tried competitive mode. the harder i drive it the more it keeps waking it up.
I'd still perform the oil change much earlier than 7500. My personal preference has been 1,000 miles. We are talking about new parts and possible shavings etc that may be there. Doesn't hurt to err on the safe side

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I'd still perform the oil change much earlier than 7500. My personal preference has been 1,000 miles. We are talking about new parts and possible shavings etc that may be there. Doesn't hurt to err on the safe side
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Did my 1st oil change at 700 miles. will do one at 1500 the normal. I am hard breaking it in.

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I did my first oil change at 1500 miles, right at the recommended break in. From there it's drive it as a Camaro should be driven

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Break-in nowadays is more for the differentials and transmission than it is for the engine. The engine is broken in at the factory with the engine hanging on chains outside of the car. The full drivetrain with all parts assembled (engine, tranny, and diffs) does not come together until the assembly plant, and it is the drivetrain, with all linkages in place that needs to be "broken in" before being abused.

Follow the user manual breakin procedure and give yourself the peace of mind knowing the parts meshed as they were meant to. The most common complaint that I have heard that can be related to holding steady speed for long period during breakin is gear hum coming from the diff. This is because the gears wore in at a constant speed rather than wearing across the board. This can cause the gears to whine or hum softly at that speed in the future.

If you are going to be doing highway driving during breakin, just vary your speed up and down by 10MPH, and if you have a manual tranny, downshift to 5th and run in 5th for a while every now and then.

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When breaking in the new Camaro, it says it shouldn't be driven at any one sustained speed for any length of time. I'm always running back and forth from Destin Florida and New Orleans, 260 miles, and about 4 hrs. Will driving it at highway speeds for that length of time, be not advisable during the breaking in period. Any thought's on this, guys. Thanks
i had to drive mine from Houston to Tulsa (500 miles) the day after i got mine and now i have 3000 miles on the car with zero mechanical problems. highway speeds are probably ok as long as your under 2500 rpm at your cruising speed.

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