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

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

A: If you’ve heard of the “break-in” period on...

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.

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