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Old 07-06-2003, 18:29   #1 (permalink)
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BA XR8 running in

My dealer says that the engines are pretty much run in when they arrive at the dealership and that the instructions in the manual are not really relevant ??!? Surely this must be a misunderstanding!

My plan is that when I take delivery of my XR8 in August, I will not rev it up all the way and kick the crap out of it until I have at least gone through 2 or 3 full tanks of Optimax, right ?

I dont want the machine to act like a retired sunday driver owned it but I don't wanna have blue smoke or a ceased engine after 20000 klms either.

How did you guys run in your XRs ?
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Old 07-06-2003, 22:40   #2 (permalink)
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Have a look here How have you run in your XR8?
Theres another thread about running in but i couldnt find it.
Hope it helps.
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Hmm so basically 50% of people will tell me to use synthetic oil, the other 50% will tell me I must have mineral oil to run her in. 50% will say kick the crap out of her after 20 klms, the other 50% will say "drive like grandpa for the first 1500 klms". Looks like there is no one "right" answer.
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driving mine like u would normally drive any car. then when you have 3000 klms drive like you stole it.
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Thats how I am doing it, drive it like I would any other day til the 3000 service, then drive it like i stole it

I was told @ the 3000 service, they drain / strain the oil and put it back in the engine til 15,000 !!! Ahaha not on my baby they don't!
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[I was told @ the 3000 service, they drain / strain the oil and put it back in the engine til 15,000 !!! Ahaha not on my baby they don't![/QUOTE]]


Who told you that, I'm sure I wouldn't be taking my car back there???
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Yes, I am questioning this, and will not allow this to happen, I am getting a oil / filter swap at 1000 (even if I do it myself) and @ 3000 I want a report ;-)

But at 180kms on the clock, she is feeling nice
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I drove "normal" for first 1500kms (no full throttle + self-imposed rev limit of 3500), dropped the oil and filter, filled with Mobil1 synthetic, and now in the process of gradually increasing throttle opening and revs, including highway running (frequently changing revs and speed). I'll consider it run-in after 3000kms.
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Xr6_ute your 1st service is complimentry you only pay for a new filter and new oil... should cost you about $45 just tell your dealer what you want, dont let them do what they wunna do with your car..dont change your own filter unless you can get someone to stamp your book because your warranty well be void..
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But the first change is @ 3000, I was going to do it at 1000,

I am sure ford will not void warranty if I change my own oil, to me its as easy as refilling the washer water!

Hmmm
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