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Old 07-26-2005, 11:01   #1 (permalink)
Dave Wyman
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Break-in for Ranger

I purchased a new Ranger and I'd like to pull my trailer with it - about
1500 pounds. I've got about 70 miles on the Ranger - any idea how many
non-trailer miles I should put on the truck first?
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Old 07-26-2005, 11:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Break-in for Ranger

My gramps had told me a long time ago that after buying a new vehicle the
break-in should be as:

For the first 500 miles don't take it over 60 or drive to long at one
speed...Vary it around a bit...After 500 miles, change the oil &
filter....after 10K, change the tranny fluid & filter....

Now I know trucks/cars have changed a LOT since my Gramps' days and it may
not be necessary any more, but it's engrained in my head and I still follow
it. I have never had a tranny problem before in any vehicle and never had
internal engine problems or oil leaks before (including a 94 Saturn which
has known oil consumption problems...) I even got 250K out of a 93 t-bird
with only maintenance when I sold it...But again, there are other people
here that will probably tell you it is unnecessary to do what I do. As for
towing a trailer, I'd wait until after the 500 miles....(just an opinion
everybody else, so don't flame me too bad, ok? :)

IYM....


"Dave Wyman" <davewyman@imountainman.com> wrote in message
news:xpednWBU7pax8XvfRVn-hA@comcast.com...
> I purchased a new Ranger and I'd like to pull my trailer with it - about
> 1500 pounds. I've got about 70 miles on the Ranger - any idea how many
> non-trailer miles I should put on the truck first?



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Old 07-26-2005, 15:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Break-in for Ranger

"Dave Wyman" wrote:
>I purchased a new Ranger and Id like to pull my trailer with it
>- about
>1500 pounds. Ive got about 70 miles on the Ranger - any idea
>how many
>non-trailer miles I should put on the truck first?


About 1000 miles give or take will do it and you have more than engine
to worry about. The rear axle ring and pinion needs to break in and it
runs hotter during break in too and towing makes it worse. After 1000
miles change oil then tow kinda easy till next oil change around 3000
miles and at that time I would change engine oil again AND rear axle
lube then follow your "normal" schedule for HD service which towing
is considered.

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Old 07-26-2005, 20:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Break-in for Ranger


"IYM" <sunrisr@optonline.net> wrote in message
news:dc5s90$8j7@dispatch.concentric.net...
> My gramps had told me a long time ago that after buying a new vehicle the
> break-in should be as:
>
> For the first 500 miles don't take it over 60 or drive to long at one
> speed...Vary it around a bit...After 500 miles, change the oil &
> filter....after 10K, change the tranny fluid & filter....
>
> Now I know trucks/cars have changed a LOT since my Gramps' days and it may
> not be necessary any more, but it's engrained in my head and I still
> follow
> it. I have never had a tranny problem before in any vehicle and never had
> internal engine problems or oil leaks before (including a 94 Saturn which
> has known oil consumption problems...) I even got 250K out of a 93 t-bird
> with only maintenance when I sold it...But again, there are other people
> here that will probably tell you it is unnecessary to do what I do. As
> for
> towing a trailer, I'd wait until after the 500 miles....(just an opinion
> everybody else, so don't flame me too bad, ok? :)
>
> IYM...


All good advice. The only thing I would add is change your oil
again at 1500. You will still get some small metal particles from
break in during this change.


>
>
> "Dave Wyman" <davewyman@imountainman.com> wrote in message
> news:xpednWBU7pax8XvfRVn-hA@comcast.com...
>> I purchased a new Ranger and I'd like to pull my trailer with it - about
>> 1500 pounds. I've got about 70 miles on the Ranger - any idea how many
>> non-trailer miles I should put on the truck first?

>
>



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Old 07-26-2005, 23:01   #5 (permalink)
The OTHER Kevin in San Diego
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Re: Break-in for Ranger

On Tue, 26 Jul 2005 10:00:28 -0700, Dave Wyman
<davewyman@imountainman.com> wrote:

>I purchased a new Ranger and I'd like to pull my trailer with it - about
>1500 pounds. I've got about 70 miles on the Ranger - any idea how many
>non-trailer miles I should put on the truck first?


"Break In" is all described in your owner's manual... Crack it open
and see what it says..


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