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Towing while breaking in?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by akone, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Mar 14, 2009 at 2:50 PM
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    akone

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    I have an 09 DBL cab 4X LB with an A.R.E. shell and around 50 miles on it. What do you think of hauling about 400 pounds in the bed and a small rental trailer with furniture in it (300 pounds of furniture) during the break-in period from Phoenix to Seattle? It has the tow package and the leaf spring TSB done.
     
  2. Mar 14, 2009 at 2:55 PM
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    Brunes

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    Sure- Follow all the break-in rules. You'll be fine.
     
  3. Mar 14, 2009 at 3:00 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    hmm i had such a heavy foot during my break in period and my truck is fine. I was really hard on my wrx during the break in period too and all that happened was a burned out clutch. you should be fine.
     
  4. Mar 14, 2009 at 3:06 PM
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    Engine break in is a very short period and there is even some talk that it's taken care of before the truck moves off the assembly line.

    I used a heavy engine loading break in for my motorcycle and it works great- Also did it with an engine rebuild on my last truck. Honing and tolerances are so fine nowadays that break in happens very quickly.
     
  5. Mar 15, 2009 at 12:30 AM
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    Thanks for the replies. I've read several posts on this and other forums about break-in but I am still hesitant to force a hard break-in. Seems that most say that the best is to drive normally and vary speed on the highway for the first 500 miles.
    Anyone else have an opinion or experience to relate?

    Thanks,
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  6. Mar 15, 2009 at 12:46 AM
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    i say break it in the way you will always drive, not sense babying it for 500 miles then beating on it. Of course you dont want to redline the shit outta it and do really hard shifts, but then again, you wouldnt want to do that to any engine.
     
  7. Mar 15, 2009 at 12:57 AM
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    Essentially because of the machine controlled building process there is little to no difference between a set of 2 or 4 or 500 engines, they machine the engines to prevent any break-in period at all so in short, your engine is already broken in.

    I personally think that's BS so for like 500 miles I would keep a lighter foot and not stay at one speed for too long.
     
  8. Mar 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM
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    waiting 1000 miles can't hurt. I tried my best but had to tow a double-axle trailer and racecar at 750 miles.

    =D
     
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