Breaking In A New Mercedes Diesel
Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:33 PM
We will be flying to Iowa from California to pick up our unit and then driving to Pennsylvana to visit our niece, then return to the dealer in Iowa to have any issues repaired that WILL crop up with a new unit before returning to California.
The coach will have less then 10 miles so I will be breaking the Motor in..
I would like advice on the best way to go about this.........
Thanks for your time...... LeeB
Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:41 PM
Other posters may have differing opinions but this has worked for me and my friends very well over the years.
Thermal expansion and contraction, along with oil changes, seems to be the difference.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:30 PM
But I am talking about a 2013 Diesel
Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:16 AM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:10 AM
I well understood you were referring to diesels. But, thermal expansion and contraction applies to any engine. The oil change after initial break in is critical to removing the small fine metal particles created by the initial wear in of the engine.
I had never even considered how to break in a new engine until I asked an old mechanic at a Cadillac dealership. He told me how and I have used it ever since 1962. All my motorized vehicles ran better, ran faster, got better mileage, and lasted longer than other vehicles of the same genre.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:33 AM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:41 PM
Drive with no lugging and try to vary the rpm do not just put on cruise and like all engines let idle a short time before shutting down.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:39 PM
Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:52 PM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:25 AM
Thanks for the advice...... LeeB
Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:23 PM
I would not use any of the “tried and true” methods from 40 – 50 years ago.
New engines are made too much tighter tolerances and much better quality than in the good old days.
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:13 PM
All that is needed is to drive it like you own it. Almost all new vehicles with Electronic Engine Controls take care of the break in for you. Even my Ford Ranger.
The ECU limits rpm and power delivered until you arrive at the mileage that the builder set for full power enable.
On a Mini Cooper it is about 1400 miles, the Ranger was around 2400 miles. Our Navion was already past that point when we bought it, due to delivery miles.
Just get in the coach and enjoy it. It will seem a little down on power, and you will notice when the full power is enabled.
Just drive it and enjoy it. We really enjoyed ours and it never had a flaw, unlike the 40' pusher we replaced it with. We drove ours Coast to Coast, and Border to Border, towing a Mini Cooper behind.
Oh, and the 40' DP is gone also. We downgraded from an 08 DP to a 97 Prevost, and have never looked back.
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