New Pilot break in period

Discussion in 'Pilot' started by Jim85CJ, May 26, 2004.

  1. Jim85CJ

    Jim85CJ Guest

    I am getting a new Pilot in the next few days (being built now). How
    should I break it in or don't I need to worry about that with a new
    engine anymore?
    Jim85CJ, May 26, 2004
  2. Jim85CJ

    TCS Guest

    This is a very easy question for you to get answered. I suggest you print
    this out so that you won't miss any steps:

    1) find somebody who can read, preferably somebody you know to have a lot of
    2) bring this person to your car.
    3) ask this person to find the car's glove compartment for you. It should
    be located on the passenger side of the dashboard somewhere.
    4) ask this person to find the owner's manual for you.
    5) ask this person to lookup break-in recomendations for you.
    6) ask this person to read it to you
    7) don't be afraid to ask questions. It'll probably be too complicated for
    you to understand at first.
    TCS, May 26, 2004
  3. Jim85CJ

    Jim85CJ Guest

    "find somebody who can read, preferably somebody you know to have a lot
    of patience."
    Did you read my post? I don't have the Pilot yet. You are a fucking
    Jim85CJ, May 26, 2004
  4. Jim85CJ

    Honda Doc Guest

    Just do normal driving. The only thing you don't want to do is get out on a
    highway, set the cruise at a steady speed and drive for several hours
    without changing speeds. Also DO NOT change the oil before 3500 miles
    because there are special "break in" additives in the oil.
    Honda Doc, May 26, 2004
  5. Jim85CJ

    twaugh5 Guest

    When I took our new Pilot in at 3700 miles to change the oil, our dealer
    told me Honda does not want you to do the initial change until 7,500 because
    the oil has special additives that ensure a proper break-in. Otherwise drive
    it normally -- no hot rod starts or panic stops and vary your speed on the
    twaugh5, May 27, 2004
  6. Jim85CJ

    Roadie Roger Guest

    The engine will probably do fine as long as you don't push it too hard
    right away. There are some general considerations. Avoid long
    stretches of freeway (100 miles of cruise control). You want to vary
    the engine RPM and load. The piston rings like this. You want the
    car to get up to temperature and stay at temperature for a few
    minutes. (1 mile trips from cold aren't the best thing.) This tends
    to evaporate moisture in the engine and exhaust system. The gaskets
    and seals like to get oiled up as well. Hondas generally like to spin
    rather than lug. With fuel injection and automatic transmission you
    only have some control over this. Avoid pushing your foot to the
    floor with the engine at low rev's. The engine should spin up freely
    when you accelerate. No need to put your foot down harder than
    necessary. This should help the gas mileage as well. Honda's rev out
    nicely and safely under partial throttle (put your foot into more as
    it accelerates if needed). If you need to punch it onto a freeway,
    punch it onto the freeway. Hondas can take it. This should be a once
    in a while thing. The old story about driving as if you had an egg
    between your foot and the accelerator is way too conservative, but is
    along the same lines.
    Enjoy your new Pilot!
    Roadie Roger
    Roadie Roger, May 27, 2004
  7. Jim85CJ

    John Roden Guest

    The owner's book for my new Civic notes a couple things to keep in
    mind, mostly just don't drive like a maniac for the first 600 miles,
    don't tow a trailer or anything and leave the oil in until the first
    service interval, which depends on your driving style. My
    understanding is that there is a special oil used for the break in, so
    you need to just follow the directions for your particular engine and
    beyond that there is not much to worry about. When I picked up my
    honda, I bought a bunch of oil filters and the little crush washer
    that goes on the drain plug so I can have the right stuff on hand when
    it's time to change the oil.
    John Roden, May 27, 2004
  8. Jim85CJ

    TCS Guest

    You need to plan ahead? Read ahead about breaking in a car so you can
    devote a month or two to learning all the ins and outs?

    Damn you're an idiot!

    Most people with an IQ above 10 and reading skills greater than that of a 4
    year old just read the fucking manual the first time they get in the car.
    TCS, May 27, 2004
  9. Jim85CJ

    dizzy Guest

    Ever hear of a google search? You think you're the first person to
    ask about breaking-in a car? Sheesh!
    And you're a stupid top poster.
    dizzy, May 27, 2004
  10. Jim85CJ

    Jim85CJ Guest

    you are still an asshole.
    you are still an asshole.
    Jim85CJ, May 27, 2004
  11. Jim85CJ

    Jim85CJ Guest

    holy shit, is everyone here an asshole?
    Jim85CJ, May 27, 2004
  12. Jim85CJ

    TCS Guest

    Still? Too fucking stupid to know who you're posting to?
    TCS, May 27, 2004
  13. Jim85CJ

    TCS Guest

    No. Just to whining, babbling, pathetic little morons like you.
    TCS, May 27, 2004
  14. We don't end sentences with prepositions on this newsgroup.
    Chris Aseltine, May 27, 2004
  15. Jim85CJ

    TCS Guest

    With prepositions talk like yoda do we?
    TCS, May 27, 2004
  16. Jim85CJ

    Steve Lee Guest

    Refer to the owner's manual and it says for the first
    1000KM/600miles(?), you should take it easy with the car.

    However, mine took nearly 20,000KM/12,000miles before I started
    realizing and getting the advertised gas mileage. Most of it was city
    driving too! And turns out that I wasn't the only one whose Pilot
    took so long before it was properly broken in.

    Check out and you'll read some complaints about gas
    mileage from early owners.
    Steve Lee, May 27, 2004
  17. Jim85CJ

    Jim85CJ Guest

    Jim85CJ, May 27, 2004
  18. Jim85CJ

    Jeff Guest

    Hi Jim,

    An interesting question, and for arguments sake, take a look at this website.

    Cheers, Jeff
    Jeff, May 27, 2004
  19. Jim85CJ

    Im anonymous Guest

    I'd like to apologize to you on behalf of Jim85CJ, since he asked a
    question in a forum for this purpose, and since he was asking for
    advice/experiences outside of what the manual contains. Also, I'd like
    to add that I'm sorry you're of such low intelligence that you weren't
    SMART enough to simply IGNORE his post, since it seemed to IRRITATE
    you so much. Yet, you chose to SPEND TIME on a reply that didn't
    contribute a DAMN THING!

    There are no dumb questions, only dumb people. Have you ever heard
    that? Guess which category you fall into.
    Im anonymous, May 27, 2004
  20. Jim85CJ

    JM Guest

    No, but you'll have to stick around a while to tell for sure.

    Be prepared for:

    -idiots who haven't got a clue.

    -people who will try to make you feel small for the jolly hell of it.
    They sound like they're 15 to 25 years old, jobless, and only dream of
    having a decent car someday. They hang around the board because
    they've got nowhere else to go.

    -borderline personalities who know some good stuff but resent having
    to share. They know stuff because they had nothing to do but cruise
    the Internet endlessly, no friends.

    -people who have a clue, drive a Honda, have a few friends to keep
    them normal, and only want to help. And in turn, be helped when their
    turn comes. Ignore all the rest of them.

    JM, May 27, 2004
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