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No, you shouldn’t drive your new car like you stole it

By Product Expert | Posted in Helpful Advice, Service, Tips and Tricks on Friday, April 10th, 2020 at 2:51 pm
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Do new car engines still have a break-in period? 

The automotive industry and the vehicles it produces are nothing short of modern engineering models. As whole, modern cars, trucks and crossover SUVs are more reliable, efficient and safer than ever before. However, just because these machines are easier to own, the doesn’t mean brand new vehicles don’t need a little extra attention. So, do new car engines still have a break-in period? In short, yes, they do. Most automakers advise a brief mechanical run-in, or break-in period, at least for the first few weeks someone takes home a new vehicle. Each vehicle will have different requirements, owners are encouraged to take a closer look at their vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific information. 

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Why does a new engine need to be broken in? 

Changes in engine materials and manufacturing methods have drastically reduced how long it takes for a vehicle’s engine to be broken in. This period is necessary because of how vehicles are shipped from the assembly line to the dealership. Nobody knows how long a vehicle is going to sit in a showroom or sales lot. The metal components of the engine need to be protected and the break-in period will help burn off any oil that has settled in the engine as well as identify any problems that would likely be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. 

How do I break-in a new car engine? 

Thankfully, the break-in period for a new vehicle doesn’t last very long. An engine should be ready to in 500 to 1,000 miles. If an owner has a long commute, this probably won’t take very long. During that initial period, experts suggest you adhere to the following suggestions: 

Stay out of the red — When someone says ‘redlining the engine’ they are talking about pushing the engine to its maximum RPM. If your vehicle has a tachometer to measure RPM, top-end of the scale is usually denoted by red numbers or an actual red line. For the break-in period, avoid mashing the gas pedal which will push the engine harder than necessary. 

Shift on time — A vehicle with a manual transmission will provide the driver with some extra control. Experts advise keeping the engine out of the red by shifting gears before the tachometer reaches that point.  

Avoid cruise control — Cruise control is one of the most popular features to become fairly standard across the industry. An engine needs to work at different RPM settings to be properly broken in. Cruise control sets the engine at a constant speed which isn’t great during this time period. 

If you have any questions about how to get the most out of your vehicle, contact the Meridian Honda Service Department today. 

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Always great cars, great service and great people!
John Halbrook
A stress free car buying experience!! Thanks so much!
Jennifer Lee
Big thanks to Kelly Watson, Kelly Pollard and Douglas Davis! We had a wonderful experience buying our van! Great service!
Stephanie Allen Reid
I had the best ever car buying experience! Kelly Watson was friendly, funny, never pushy, and so very patient with me.
Clancy Lee Willis
Brought in my husbands truck to the body shop and WOW! What great service! Quick, friendly, and reasonably priced! Even though our vehicle isn't a Honda, they for the parts and work done faster than any other place I have been! Thanks for great service!
Leslie Horn Vollor
The absolute best place to have a car serviced! I love Meridian Honda!
Katie Elizabeth Davis
Awesome people and so easy to deal with. No need to go to Brandon or Jackson to buy a Honda!!
Beth Boatman Nabors
I've really enjoyed dealing with Adam on my last 3 Hondas The thing I like best about my new 2016 CRV is the back-up screen!!!
Wilda Gibson
I think it is an all around good business to buy a car from! The service department is absolutely wonderful, the staff is kind and caring, and they can fix your car faster than u ever thought
Lauren Pollard
Just wanted to say "Thank you!" for verifying an issue with a tire on my daughter's 2007 Honda Civic as I was driving her from the greater Houston area to Charlotte (and her on to Virginia). The Service team was friendly, accommodating, communicative at every step and if we lived anywhere close, I'd bring vehicles in there for service. Thanks again for taking care of ... us today on our travels!
Jon Walk
Caring and professional work. The people were friendly. Would recommend to everyone. I have always had a very good experience.
Came in for an oil change and tire rotation and Josh let me know a couple more things that needed to be done.
Noone was pushy, they listened to what I wanted. They were very fair to deal with. My time in and out was fast.
Fast and Friendly to the most satisfactory degree. Always ready to do what is needed and always referenced me as to the work done or needed.
Friendly staff, great service. Purchased 3 Hondas here and use them for all my service and tire needs. Sales and service are the best.
I just liked when I pulled up everybody was so friendly I love the clean building the service was excellent the service was long they were very prompt I just enjoyed my service
Salesman did a great job helping us. Had the car we wanted. Will do buisness with again when car shopping again Thanks!!!
They worked very hard to get me the car I wanted with in my payment range in a very timely manner. This dealership has a friendly atmosphere. It was an enjoyable experience. Can't say enough about Myrna, she is the best!!! Thanks for all you do!!
Can get in and out very quickly. Enjoy the coffee and friendly staff while I am waiting. Don't mind having my car serviced.
I was treated with respect, kelp up to date on repair. My salesman, Kelly Watson, was most helpful. I am always treated like I am a very special person!

Welcome to Meridian Honda in Meridian, MS

Honda has become the most-trusted brand in America. Meridian Honda seeks to follow this example and become the most-trusted dealership in the Meridian area. From our sales team, to our service department and body shop, we want our customers from the past, present and future to be confident knowing they will receive the highest level of care and respect when they visit Meridian Honda.

Our team at Meridian Honda is excited to get to know each of our customers on a personal level. At Meridian Honda, you will be able to browse an extensive selection of Honda cars, trucks, SUV's, vans and crossovers. This includes all of the headliners from the Honda model lineup, such as the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Pilot. In addition to our inventory of new vehicles, Meridian Honda is home to many top-quality pre-owned models from Honda and other brands. Take a look around our website to learn more about everything we have to offer at Meridian Honda. We look forward to your visit!