Originally Posted by shijose2002
I am interested to know a few things around the running in of the vehicle.
I drive below 80 most of the time. On highways a couple of times i have touched 100. But never driven consistently at that speed.
What is the suggested speed for the running in?
I also try not to accelerate much and drive as smooth as possible.
Is there anything else i need to do or take care at this time?
Frankly "Running -In" is a Big Topic for debate
But I have had the experience, of difference between a properly runned in the engine and not, so I do believe in the process.
Nothing Much Mentioned in the Scorpio Manual as well regarding Running-In
but few more small Pointers and Practices I have followed and it came out very well for my last Scorpio:
1. Do Not Lug the Engine too much ( and try to maintain this practice throughout) for our car it Lugs below 1500 RPM starting from 3rd gear Onwards.
When in gear, if you accelerate and the car is unable to accelerate - that is lugging.
If you hear gurgling, grinding or other noises that reduce when the RPMS increase - thats lugging.
What does lugging do?
Lugging means the engine is unable to push down on the pistons because of unrealistically high load placed. This can lead to incomplete combustion, increased emissions, WORSE mileage, detonation and carbon deposits in your engine.
2. Though it seems to be easier to follow but try Not to Skip gears at any point, be it Up shifting or vice-versa.
3. I have made a habit to wait minimum 20 seconds after Starting the vehicle and prior Stopping her for the Day. I usually Put on the seat-belts, sun-glasses, set up the music and connect the cellphone to the car prior rolling her in gear which really takes up more than 20 seconds.
4. I have ALWAYS Re-fueled her on First Reserve Voice Alert till Full-Tank.
5. Nitrogen in Tyres @32Psi and believe me there is No Alternative.
Please Do Not forget to Speed Up Frequently when you are past 1000 Kms!
as the Piston which is now well seated due to comfort driving for first 1000 kms needs to smoothen the cylinder walls for much better performance.