How Long Does It Take To Break-In A New Acura Engine?

September 12th, 2018 by

Do I still need to break-in a new Acura vehicle?

We like to imagine the smiles on the faces of people who take home a new Acura sedan or crossover SUV from Spitzer Acura. You have done all the right things regarding researching your vehicle options, getting your finances in order and finally working with a Spitzer Acura product expert to get the exact model you are looking for. Before you hit the open road, there is still one important thing you need to know about properly caring for your Acura vehicle, the break-in period. You do still need to break-in a new Acura vehicle, but that process is shorter and easier than ever before. Let’s take a look at what you need to know.

Acura-recommended engine break-in information

According to the Acura owner’s website, properly breaking-in your new vehicle’s engine is very important to ensuring reliability and performance. This period only lasts for the first 600 miles. During this initial driving period, there are a couple of things to remember.

Avoid full-throttle starts and hard acceleration. Simply flooring the accelerator from a dead stop is always an inadvisable thing to do, but it’s especially important during the break-in period. Drivers are advised against pushing the engine to the red line on the tachometer until you’ve covered at least 600 miles.

Acura also recommends that drivers avoid hard braking during the first 200 miles of owning a brand-new vehicle. However, don’t be afraid of using your brakes as necessary during an emergency situation. Your safety is more important than that of your vehicle.

A program of putting a vehicle’s engine through various engine loads that stay short of redline RPM is fairly new. Engine technology and manufacturing methods have progressed to the point where hard-driving break-ins are not only unnecessary but may actually be harmful to the powertrain. There is a section in every Acura vehicle’s owner’s manual about the process you should follow for that particular model.

If you have any questions about the best practices to care for your Acura vehicle, please contact a Spitzer Acura product expert or a member of our service department today.

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