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Old 13th May 2010, 22:22   #346
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I am taking delivery of my Alto LXI (BS-3) on Sunday, May 16th.

After going through this whole thread, what I understand is:
1. Idle/warm the engine for a minute - fine.
2. No A/C until engine warmup - fine.
3. Vary RPMs, not to drive at constant speeds.
4. Do not accelerate or decelerate suddenly.

Now, my question is with regard to (3) and (4). When I am driving in the mornings to my office in the Outer Ring Road, when the traffic is less, how do I follow this? For eg., after each signal, I change gears at appropriate RPMs and reach a speed of 60 km/hr in the 5th gear. Now, should I reduce the speed to 50 km/hr for a certain distance, then go back to 60 km/hr for certain duration, and then increase to 70 km/hr for certain duration? If I do this at shorter intervals, then does it become accelerate/decelerate suddenly? One more question is, how does sudden braking have negative impact in run-in? My doubts could be very silly as nobody has asked for such a detailed explanation, but . One more doubt crops up as I am about to post this: when u are driving at a speed of 60 kms/hr, suddenly releasing the accelerator pedal completely so as to vary the RPM is considered "sudden deceleration"?
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1. Braking system needs breaking in. Therefore caveat against unwarranted sudden deceleration. In case of emergency, you will have to resort to sudden deceleration.

2. Varying speed is required on Highway. If you are going long distance from Delhi to Jaipur, keep varying your speed. not really required in city like Delhi. The city will do her job. So don't worry about this at all.
3. Sudden acceleration. That means hard acceleration. So as long you are not doing any rally stunts, its ok. Keep pace with traffic. Don't choke it.
Idea is to have a soft foot. Imagine an egg between the accelerator and your foot. Push it in a way so that you don't break the egg.

Same with braking. Anticipate stops and keep a light foot. And maintain good distance between your car and the car in front so that you don't have to resort to emergency braking. Rule of the thumb is that you should be able to see the rear wheels of the front vehicle up to the ground.

Basic common sense and you will be thru with your running-in perfectly.
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If you suddenly release the accl pedal, car will not stop suddenly. The speed reduction will depend on gear. for example in 5th gear it will almost be like neutral, in first gear speed reduction will be more drastic.
On the highway when you see an obstacle approaching, its better to lift foot of accl and allow car to slow down beforehand so that you don't have to brake when you reach the obstacle.
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Modern cars like Chevrolet Beat, Cruze etc. are coming with factory filled synthetic oil and the owners manual recommend first oil change at 15000 km or 18 months whichever is earlier. I would like to know, what would be the ideal running-in period and when the first oil change be done in cars coming with factory filled synthetic oil.
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Modern cars like Chevrolet Beat, Cruze etc. are coming with factory filled synthetic oil and the owners manual recommend first oil change at 15000 km or 18 months whichever is earlier. I would like to know, what would be the ideal running-in period and when the first oil change be done in cars coming with factory filled synthetic oil.
Just take utmost care for the first 1000 KMs and drive mildly for the next 1000 KMS. That's it !
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Modern cars like Chevrolet Beat, Cruze etc. are coming with factory filled synthetic oil and the owners manual recommend first oil change at 15000 km or 18 months whichever is earlier. I would like to know, what would be the ideal running-in period and when the first oil change be done in cars coming with factory filled synthetic oil.
IMHO, please change the oil after the first 1,000 kms of driving - synth or mineral!
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1st Oil change for the scorpio has been mentioned at 5K kms.
Should i go ahead for a change earlier than that?
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1st Oil change for the scorpio has been mentioned at 5K kms.
Should i go ahead for a change earlier than that?
No need. Unless you are 'abusive' !
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Just take utmost care for the first 1000 KMs and drive mildly for the next 1000 KMS. That's it !
I have driven my Chevrolet Beat with utmost care for first 1500 km in which I never exceeded 2400 rpm. After 1500 km I have started taking the car upto 3000 rpm. Till to date it has covered 1783 km. Please suggest when should I go for first oil change.
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Hi,

I just got my Swift Ldi a few days back and as we all know it does not have a Tachometer. I don't really feel the need of it but in case I'm hurting the car too much by changing the gears at low rpms (if that has a negative effect on the car at all) I wanted to know if someone could share the RPM value gear-wise & speed-wise

e.g.
1st gear | Speed - 10 | RPM - 1000
1st gear | Speed - 20 | RPM - 1800
2nd gear | Speed - 20 | RPM - 1000
2nd gear | Speed - 30 | RPM - 2000
The figures above are completely hypothetical

As of now I'm changing gears at the following speeds:
1st gear - upto 15-25 kmph
2nd gear - changed at 20-30 kmph and drive upto 30-35 kmph
3rd gear - changed at 30-40 kmph and drive upto 40-50 kmph
4th gear - changed at 40-50 kmph and drive upto 50-60 kmph
5th gear - changed at 50-60 kmph

Vdi owners may help please
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As of now I'm changing gears at the following speeds:
1st gear - upto 15-25 kmph
2nd gear - changed at 20-30 kmph and drive upto 30-35 kmph
3rd gear - changed at 30-40 kmph and drive upto 40-50 kmph
4th gear - changed at 40-50 kmph and drive upto 50-60 kmph
5th gear - changed at 50-60 kmph

Vdi owners may help please
I don't have the rpm to speed data but the above mentioned speeds are well within safe limits and without any lugging. As long as you are gentle with the accelerator, you can rev as much as you want.

Its how hard you rev that kills a running in, not how high. And ensure engine is warmed up if you are reving high.
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And ensure engine is warmed up if you are reving high.
I heard of idling the engine for 30 seconds before turning the ignition on and off. What is the warm up that you mentioned here? Does it mean to be at a certain speed for sometime before deciding to push the pedal to the metal?
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I heard of idling the engine for 30 seconds before turning the ignition on and off.
Err..How can you idle the engine before turning the ignition on?

Maybe you meant idling before moving the vehicle.
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Err..How can you idle the engine before turning the ignition on?

Maybe you meant idling before moving the vehicle.
Yes I meant idling the engine after turning the ignition on (before moving the vehicle) and before turning it off (after stopping the vehicle)
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IMHO, please change the oil after the first 1,000 kms of driving - synth or mineral!
My new car (Punto) is getting it's engine oil changed for the first time only during the second free service, that is at 15,000 Kms.

I guess change of Oil in the first 1000 Km is not really needed for newer engines.
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