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just took delivery of my 2014 GCSRT - Break In?

I was able to find one thread discussing the topic of engine break in but wasn't swayed in either direction to which is the best way to do it or not to. Not until I drove it all day after picking it up did I get to hit the couch and read the manual. Then I come across the 500 mile moderate driving and no low gear high RPM part. States doing so could be DETRIMENTAL to my vehicle. This would be after probably a few full throttle accelerations from a stop and one time trying out launch control. All of this occurred in the first 100 miles Should I now be worried about loss of engine performance, issues, etc? This is my 3rd SRT vehicle, but the first that I actually decided to crack the owners manual.

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Re: just took delivery of my 2014 GCSRT - Break In?

I don't own a SRT JGC, but would like to just offer my 2 cents. I have heard both sides of the fence when breaking in an engine. One side says baby it for XXX miles, and the other side says, drive like you stole from the lot! lol! Honestly I tend to do that latter on my vehicles. Getting on it within the first few virgin miles (from what I have read), is best for the piston rings to be pushed outwards towards the cylinder walls and create that nice tight seal which is so desired. But there are so many schools of thought on engine break in that there will never be any one right way....I understand your concern though, you read that in the owner's manual and freak out. But no use in crying on spilled milk? whats done is done and if you haven't seen any immediate or signs of engine damage, I doubt any was done...but thats just my 2 cents. Good luck!
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Re: just took delivery of my 2014 GCSRT - Break In?

Yes, there will always be two schools of thought on engine break in. For me, I've always followed the recommended break in procedures on new vehicles. I figure that if they bothered to put it in the owner's manual there's a good reason for it.

As for breaking it in like you're going to use it... that may have been "okay" on older vehicles back when manufacturing tolerances were looser. I don't know if I'd want to do that on a newer engine.

Our police chief took a brand new squad car up to 120+ mph with only 35 miles on the car. I asked him if he was nuts and told him that wasn't a good idea. He laughed and said, "you break'em in for how you're going to drive'em!"

The squad car ran great up until they had between 20-25K miles on it... then it had to go back to the dealer for a new short block. And yes, I did tell him, "I told you so!"

Granted, the speed he took it to was extreme and not indicative of the way most owners drive. But still, better safe than sorry.
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Re: just took delivery of my 2014 GCSRT - Break In?

Thanks guys. I did drive it moderately for the remainder of the break in period and waited till 500 miles to actually get on it. Happy to say it pulls consistent 4.5 -4.6 0 to 60's!
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I did the 500 mile break in and changed the oil at 800. When it all comes down to it it's your ride, your preferences. If it makes you feel more comfortable doing the break in and and early first oil change, do it. You will always run into two or more schools of thought on everything.
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Re: just took delivery of my 2014 GCSRT - Break In?

Plenty of opinions on this...

IMHO, the major concern with engine break-in is the increased friction, which increases heat loading, which increases friction... etc. Unfortunately if you glaze a surface, it just won't wear-in evenly.

This is also a concern for transmissions & differentials, which rely on friction to function.

Even if your gauges don't indicate a temperature increase, some of the surfaces could be hotter than desired.

Now all that said, you certainly do want the components to go through their entire range of motion.

FWIW, I switch to synthetic at 2000 km.
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Re: just took delivery of my 2014 GCSRT - Break In?

I just picked mine up on Friday and I was advised by the dealership to drive it like I stole it, no break in period for me.


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Re: just took delivery of my 2014 GCSRT - Break In?

Picked mine up yesterday and they said drive it how you want. No break in for me too.
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