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Break in period?????

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Konastruck, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. Dec 12, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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    Konastruck

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    First post here... I just bought a 2011 TRD off road(my first toyota:)) and I love it already. Im really looking forward to see what it has to offer as a long lasting and durable truck. Ok so to my question... The dealer told me that I should "break in" my new Tacoma. They said dont putter around in it like an old lady and that I should "get on it" from time to time and dont use the cruise. (for the first 1000 miles). Now this is contradictory to some of the posts ive read stating that you should take it easy on it for the first 1000 miles. Does anyone have any thoughts on this process? Or weather there is even supposed to be a break in process? (Not that I dont trust the dealer) Thank You!
     
  2. Dec 12, 2010 at 2:48 PM
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    toyotatacomaTRD

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    Welcome from Spokane!

    I have always heard that cruise is no good at the beginning stages of an engines life.

    I am not sure what the dealer meant about "getting on it", but I would definitely stay away from the redline.

    Congrats on your purchase!
     
  3. Dec 12, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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    I have a 2005 tacoma that I bought new, also my first Toyota, and I too love it. My dealer told me to just drive normally for the first 1000-1500 miles.
    120,000 plus miles later, no problems. Usually after 4- 5 years of driving the same vehicle, I'm ready for a change.
    NOT EVEN CLOSE with this truck! My first toyota, but NOT my last!

    Just make sure to do regular oil and filter changes and you'll be good to go.
    Enjoy your tacoma, you'll love it!
     
  4. Dec 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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    The break in period should be stated in the manual. Something like avoid HIGH speeds and sudden acceleration for the first 500-1000 miles, avoid towing anything for the first 1500 miles, etc.
     
  5. Dec 12, 2010 at 3:11 PM
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    Thank you all for your replys!
     
  6. Dec 12, 2010 at 3:52 PM
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    As I recall, it is good to be gentle on it for 50 miles, to not go at any particular steady speed for more than a few minutes for the first 500 miles, and to make sure to accelerate hard now and again from 50 to 500 miles. Accelerating hard increases cylinder pressures, which may help finish seating rings.

    There's other advice out there, ranging from "baby it for the first 5000 miles" to "drive it like you stole it from mile one". I don't know what is really 'ideal'.
     
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