Tips For The Break-In Period - Service Research at Hanson Subaru

There's nothing quite like driving off the dealership lot in your shiny brand-new car. After all, you're sitting on a full factory warranty and it's the only time that everything from the brakes and tires to the oil and coolant are all brand-new. There really isn't anything to be concerned about, but did you know that there are a few things you should know about driving your new Subaru for the first 1,000 miles or so? Below, our authorized Subaru service center in Olympia, WA offers five tips for breaking in your new Subaru. If you have any questions or would like to set up a schedule for recommended service, give us a call at Hanson Subaru.

This new engine is ready to serve you well for many miles, especially when you take care of it

5. Did You Know That Your New Subaru Is Already Broken In?

It's quite remarkable to see how far automotive manufacturing has come. It wasn't long ago that a new engine from the factory would need to be gently broken in so that all the seals moving parts would continue working the way they were designed. Today, improved manufacturing and procedures to break in new engines at the factory have made it easier to drive a new car. However, there are still a few things you can do for best results during the new car break-in period.

4. Be Gentle With The Steering & Suspension

Subaru models have a well-earned reputation for all-wheel drive traction and their SUVs can take you just about anywhere even if the paved road doesn't go that far. While you shouldn't have a problem heading up a dirt road to your favorite camping spot for the first weekend with your new Subaru, you may want to take it easy. With everything being new, it's better to gently introduce the various suspension and steering components to operation. So, try to avoid larger rocks and potholes while taking care to be gentle with the handling for the first thousand miles or so.

Suspension components like these shocks last longer when they're well cared for

3. Try Not To Slam On The Brakes

This is good advice no matter how long you've been driving your vehicle. Of course, surprises happen, and hard braking is sometimes necessary. However, try to avoid heavy braking unless it's necessary. This is because brake components like the pads and rotors can be damaged under repeated hard braking conditions, and this is especially true when the components are all new.

2. Try Not To Drive The Same Speed For Extended Periods

While a new Subaru engine has gone through a break-in period at the factory, it's still a good idea to cycle the engine through the full range of conditions it will encounter. That means alternating between slow neighborhood driving, stop and go city traffic, as well as highway cruising and passing. However, avoid the cruise control for these first 1,000 miles or so. What you're trying to avoid is having the engine sit at one speed for an extended time. As your new engine gets closer to that first one thousand mile mark, that's the time to strike out on that epic road trip.

The used oil from your new engine can tell a lot about how well the engine is doing

1. Don't Miss The First Oil Change

This is especially important when breaking in any new car. You see, not only is it always important to get the oil changed when recommended, this also gives factory-trained technicians a chance to make sure that everything was done right at the factory. This is also why it's important to have a factory-authorized service center take care of things. That's where you'll find factory-trained technicians and a level of service that's required to maintain the factory warranty. If you drive a new Subaru, even if you didn't get it from us, our authorized service center at Hanson Subaru is here to help with all your Subaru service needs.

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