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Hi I pick my Picanto up tomorrow and I was just wondering when its new do you have to take it easy driving it till it wears in, and what is the braking in period in miles.

If you drive sensibly when its first new does this make the engine last longer later in its life?

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Not sure if the manual covers it, revs aren't to much of a problem, but keep below 4k rpm for first 500 miles, then for next 500 don't hold high revs for long.

It's more important not to labour the engine, early on, so make sure you use the correct gear.
 

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Originally posted by FASTEDDIE1@Dec 23 2004, 10:06 PM
Hi I pick my Picanto up tomorrow and I was just wondering when its new do you have to take it easy driving it till it wears in, and what is the braking in period in miles.

If you drive sensibly when its first new does this make the engine last longer later in its life?

Cheers
Hi! I think you will be having a gala Xmas with your new Pica. Its better to drive the car in town for the first 500miles or 1000km below 4000rpm. Then change the engine oil and oil filter and have it thoroughly checked by the KIA service personnel. After that its up to you. The rpm will be revvvvving. Cheers.
 

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Originally posted by tania1168@Dec 24 2004, 05:03 PM
Hi! I think you will be having a gala Xmas with your new Pica. Its better to drive the car in town for the first 500miles or 1000km below 4000rpm. Then change the engine oil and oil filter and have it thoroughly checked by the KIA service personnel. After that its up to you. The rpm will be revvvvving. Cheers.
i stuck to my service plan and did 1000, 5000 km oil changes. for the first 5000 km, i did not rev the engine past 2500 rpm. that's what they told me.

in your book it probably states "this car does not require running-in", don't believe that man. after they cleared the OEM engine oil at 1000 km, the car became livelier - proof that there is a lot of gunk swishing about that will hurt your engine, so I wouldn't rev it till redline.

my amateur opinion. i've never owned a brand new car before, so this is new to me as well.
 

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Hmm..

Our Kia dealer states that we do not have to change oil until 15.000 km.
Sounds strange when i can see that you lot are changing at 1.000 km.

Does anyone have an explanation ?
 

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Originally posted by Tubesnake@Jan 6 2005, 10:43 AM
Hmm..

Our Kia dealer states that we do not have to change oil until 15.000 km.
Sounds strange when i can see that you lot are changing at 1.000 km.

Does anyone have an explanation ?
You don't have to change it that often, just stick with your service plan, my service plan in UK is every 10000 miles and thats all I am going to do
 

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here in the philippines, there was a memo that we do not have to change oil until 7,500 kms. the memo also stated that the car needs no breaking-in/running -in.

have you all heard of hard break-in? they said it is better than doing slow runs.
 

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I keep mine below 4000rpms until I reach the 1000km mark. Then I'm gonna let it rip :)
As for oil... My dealer told me to check how the oil was looking when reach 1000km and did not specify that an oil change was needed at that time.
 

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I was told that no running in period was require although reading the manual it says "Do not race the engine", "Do not maintaina single speed for long periods of ime, either fast or slow. Varying engine speed is needed to properly break-in the engine.", "Avoid hard stops, except in emergencies, to allow the brakes to seat properly." and "Avoid full-throttle starts."
Doesnt mention anything about serving it after 1000km/600 miles although checking the oil should be done as part of your normal weekly checks.

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Just wondering how far should you rev a 1.0l picanto? Mine will scream its way to 5000rpm (thats nearly a ton) but I doubt its recomended! I used to drive a lot of 70's fords 1300gt escorts and the like. They seemed to be far happier screaming away than these modern cars? Maybe they will bring out a modified cam later on? 10000miles is a hell of a lot more than than 7500km? Should I get my oil changed at 1000miles as a precaution?
 
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