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Old 10-27-2001, 08:56 AM   #1
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Smile Support Group for Break In?

I've had the WRX for just over a week now and am loving every second of it! The break-in is killing me though...vary the speed, vary the rpm's when shifting, don't brake too hard, etc...and all I want to do is feel the Turbo.. I was told not to baby it too much or I would lose power in the future....argh....having a hard time finding a happy medium for myself and the car! I can think of worse problems...
Anyway, just wondering if there are any Impreza/WRX groups that are based in or around the Montreal area? So far, I have only seen one other WRX on the road! Gotta love that!
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Old 10-27-2001, 01:05 PM   #2
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Break in?

Give me a break, "break-in"s are no longer needed....

Drive the car like it was meant to be driven... a "break-in" period won't do anything for the car...
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Old 10-27-2001, 01:07 PM   #3
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I agree with you somewhat LUME, but i think the car should be driven pretty nicely for the first few hundred miles or so.
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Old 10-27-2001, 03:20 PM   #4
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Obviously some of you know nothing about piston rings seating. If you don't break your motor in properly, it will come back and bite you big time later in life in the form of excessive oil consumption. Take a moment to read the first five or six paragraphs on this page: http://www.mattituck.com/new/articles/engbrkin.htm

If you don't break in your motor properly, I wouldn't be suprised to hear you complaining about burning a quart of oil every 1500 miles.

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Old 10-27-2001, 04:06 PM   #5
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Quite the contrary...you are obviously not up to date with current engine manufacturing, dry burn ins at the factory, and tighter tolerances that allow rings to seat before they leave the factory. A fresh engine rebuild (after a bore, etc..) is another story...but these are new cars.

For my WRX, I went easy for a few hundred miles, then start working the rev range up toward redline and 1000 miles. Nice progressive break in IMHO, and very read to have fun after 1000 miles.

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Old 10-27-2001, 09:11 PM   #6
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Drive down here to Boston, and by the time you get back, you'll be all set with break in!! I took two days off work the first week I got my WRX, and broke her in in 5 days!!
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Old 10-28-2001, 01:13 AM   #7
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dry burn ins at the factory, and tighter tolerances that allow rings to seat before they leave the factory
I agree that newer engines don't require very extensive break in procedures. However, a proper break in will still be very beneficial in the long run. I never heard of Subaru doing dry burn ins at the factory. As for tighter tolerances, newer Subaru motors have relatively large valve clearances and piston clearances, hence the common ticking noise and sometimes piston slap at start up.

I would stick to the factory recommended break in schedule.

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Old 10-28-2001, 11:53 PM   #8
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