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G2 Ridgeline break-in period

G2 Ridgeline breaking period
does G2 Ridgeline need breaking period ?
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G2 Ridgeline breaking period
does G2 Ridgeline need breaking period ?
Before towing, 600 miles.
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re: G2 Ridgeline break-in period

My dealer said no.

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re: G2 Ridgeline break-in period

I think it's a good general practice to vary throttle and acceleration during break-in, and vary speed (specifically RPM) on extended highway drives. Avoid WOT runs to redline for the first few hundred miles, but don't baby it either.
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I think car manufacturers have generally given up on trying to coach people on engine break-in. They figured out they can get away with telling customers that consuming 1 quart of oil per 1-2000 miles is "normal." If you search, you'll find that line used by nearly every manufacturer these days.

sjw985 gave good advice, and I would only add that you do want to just kiss redline now and then, during the first thousand miles or so, and then back off the throttle in say 2nd or 3rd gear and let the engine compression-brake. BUT you don't want to do this until the oil temperature (not the coolant, which gets to temperature far sooner) is up above 200-210F or so.

I don't know if the RL has a numeric oil temperature gauge, but I hope it does(?). If not, maybe there are some aftermarket OBD-II plug-ins to get an oil temperature display while driving. Yet another "cost reduction" measure I guess, along with many cars not even coming with an oil dipstick these days.

You may luck out, by doing absolutely nothing special during the first 1000 miles, but as far as I'm concerned it's only a small inconvenience to pay attention to a few things and have better odds of not having an oil drinker.
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re: G2 Ridgeline break-in period

I suspect this is what people want to hear whenever this question comes up, so here it is.

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re: G2 Ridgeline break-in period

Dang, peoples! Read your owners manual! That's what its there for!!!

"breaking period"

that's funny

Freudian slip? HAHA!
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Re: G2 Ridgeline break-in period

IIRC, 600 miles before towing, but nothing else to worry about. I was towing at like 601 miles.
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Re: G2 Ridgeline break-in period

Most new vehicles don't have strict break-in requirements or limitations. Don't tow for 600 miles according to the manual, but other than that you can drive it normal from the day you take delivery.
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Re: G2 Ridgeline break-in period

I drove mine conservatively for the first 800 miles or so. No stomping of the throttle or extended periods at one rpm/speed. Probably not necessary but makes me feel better.
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