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auto maintenance January 04, 2018

Breaking In Your Shiny New Car Gently So It Lasts Longer

Investing in a new vehicle for traveling the streets of Burke VA is a big decision, and you want to do what you can to ensure you can travel to Clifton, VA and Fairfax Station, VA for many years to come. Make sure you regularly stop into Wiygul Automotive Clinic for car maintenance, and use these tips to help your car, truck or SUV last longer.

  • When the vehicle is new, make sure you heed the advice of the manufacturer and be patient during the initial break-in period. This is typically considered the first 1,000 miles driven, but always follow the recommendations made by the manufacturer. During this time, keep your pedal off the medal and stay below 55 miles per hour.
  • Also during the break-in period, do not allow the vehicle to idle for long periods of time, avoid towing trailers, boats or other items and accelerate slowly keeping the RPMs below 3,000. This warning is not forever — just for the break-in period.
  • Revving the vehicle's engine during the start-up will add years of wear-and-tear to the vehicle in a matter of moment — even more if the weather in Clifton, VA is cold. The most wear-and-tear on the drive train occurs within the first 10 to 20 miles, so let the vehicle warm-up thoroughly before dropping the hammer.
  • Reduce the impact and use of the engine by putting the vehicle into neutral while at traffic lights. Even though your foot is on the brake, if the engine is in-gear, it is still prepared to move the vehicle and will cause unnecessary wear.
  • The wear-and-tear on your vehicle increases dramatically when you make short trips. Combine your errands and making one trip and using your vehicle more efficiently will keep your vehicle engine happier longer.

For more information on how to keep your new vehicle like new longer, visit our highly trained professional staff at Wiygul Automotive Clinic today.

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