Q: New Engine Break-in
I just got my Firebird back out after rebuilding it. It’s awesome when it idles you can hear the cam. If I’m cruizin at 30mph and I put my foot all the way on it – the tire spins. If I get on it from a stand still it spins all the way from first into 3rd. It dont let up till I do.
A: Thats not the way I would breakin a fresh motor. Have you changed your oil & filter yet?
Heres what i do:
– Run engine for 30 minutes high steady idle to breakin cam
– Drain oil and change filter, run 500 miles using new car breakin rules.
– Change oil and filter again.
– First few miles should be a light throttle then coast light throttle then coast.
This process will help in seating rings. NO full throttle blasts…. I know its tempting but its proven that the infancy of a fresh engine will pretty much determine its life. Have fun and make it last.
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