Q: What is the break-in period and how long does it last?

asked by on December 15, 2015

What is the break-in period and how long does it last?

If you’ve heard of the “break-in” period on a new car, but dismissed it as a myth – it’s not. Honda recommends a break-in period of 600 miles. But what does that mean? It’s actually not that complicated. Here are Honda’s recommendations:

  1. Don’t change the oil (until the first scheduled oil change).

  2. Avoid hard starts and fast acceleration.

  3. Don’t slam on the brakes for the initial 200 miles.

  4. Don’t tow anything.

Tip

This applies to new engines, but it also applies to rebuilt engines as well.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

How do I use ECOn mode?

ECOn mode adjusts the engine and transmission performance, as well as the air conditioning and the cruise control, to help your vehicle achieve maximum fuel economy. To turn on ECOn mode, press the ECOn button, which is located on the...

How do I deactivate the immobilizer system?

The immobilizer system is automatically deactivated whenever you insert a valid key into the ignition, and turn the ignition to ON.

Flood Damaged Honda Accord. HELP.

Flood damage is a serious problem. When most people hear flood, they turn and run for the hills and there is a reason for it. First, even if you didn't fry all your electronics, you are asking for rust and...

Related articles

The Top 5 Selling Cars in Delaware in 2012
Delaware Delaware offers a variety of weather, which means drivers have to be prepared for both the mild and the treacherous. In previous years, the best-selling vehicles have included the Honda Civic, Accord and CR-V, along with the Toyota Camry....
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class BlueTEC
The The R-Class isn’t a minivan. It’s not a station wagon either – though it bears the slight air of one. Mercedes deems it a crossover, and that may be the closest appropriate designation but it’s not an exact match...
2012 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2012 Nissan Frontier: Which One Should I Buy?
The smaller truck category includes those vehicles for men (and women!) who just want to scoot around town but who are opposed to driving a small car and just prefer a truck. These relatively fuel-efficient vehicles offer little in the...