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Old 11-20-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Break-In Question

My drive to work is mostly highway. I try to keep my truck between 60 and 65 mph, but I'm worried that for the 20 mins or so I'm on the highway I can't really vary my speed more than that.

Am I doing the truck a disservice? I'm also not reving her hard at all, just light on the pedal and letting her move as she will.

Should I be breaking her in any differently?


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Old 11-20-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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Re: Break-In Question

Y'know, fifty years ago a proper breakin period was critical. However, with modern vehicles (IMHO), if you drive conservatively and don't stress the vehicle, then you should be ok.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: Break-In Question

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My drive to work is mostly highway. I try to keep my truck between 60 and 65 mph, but I'm worried that for the 20 mins or so I'm on the highway I can't really vary my speed more than that.

Am I doing the truck a disservice? I'm also not reving her hard at all, just light on the pedal and letting her move as she will.

Should I be breaking her in any differently?


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Nope, just let the truck do its thing and you do yours. Stay aware of the Maintenance Minder and you and your truck will last longer than most.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:26 AM   #4
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Re: Break-In Question

Be a rebel and do 59-66!
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:37 AM   #5
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Re: Break-In Question

Its not so much the speed, its the RPMs I'm worried about. I'm supposed to vary them, but for 20 mins and 20 miles or so I really can't because I'm on the highway.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:25 PM   #6
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Re: Break-In Question

On the freeway you can always let off the gas until it downshifts, and gradually work it back up again. Drive it around your home when you are not commuting, so it can get more varied RPMs. I don't think it is a big issue on modern engines.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:50 PM   #7
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Re: Break-In Question

I understand your concern but really don't think you have anything to worry about. As traffic allows, let the rpm vary some on the highway.

Just don't change out the factory oil too soon.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:52 PM   #8
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Wow. I'm in good company. Everyone who responded to this question has thousands of posts. I'm the lone Neophyte. The ironic thing is that I'm probably older than any of you.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:56 PM   #9
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In terms of the RPM, if it really bothers you, just periodically push the button on the end of your gear shift lever. It will switch from 5th to 3rd, changing the RPMs, but not the speed. Then switch back again after a few seconds. It's probably overkill, but it WILL achieve your goal.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:39 PM   #10
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Jim,I won't tell you how old I am but I will tell you that I served in the U.S. Navy active duty 1962-1966.
To the new owner, Don't worry about it, just drive and enjoy!
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