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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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How to break in your new Forester

Picking up my 2011 Forester tomorrow in Rochester, NY. Going to drive it back to Toronto.

Since its a new car, I have to break it in, how best should I do this? Drive under 100k in the highway until I hit 1000km? So like 90k?

Any advise guys on how to break in the car?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-26-2011, 03:26 PM
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It's in your owners manual... and in this sticky: Subaru Maintenance Schedule (US)

New Car Break-in period
1000 miles: Drive calmly for the first 1,000 miles
Avoid hard starts and stops.
Avoid over-revving the engine, try to keep RPMs under 4000.
Vary your speeds over the full range of city and highway driving
Don't use cruise control much, if at all.
City and freeway driving is fine because that will vary the speeds
1st oil change 4 cylinder models 7,500 miles, turbo and 6 cylinder 3 months or 3,000 miles.
Note It is recommended to do the first oil change on all models at 3mos/3,000 miles.

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The owners manual… read it.

I have a 2010 Forester, and the Forester has some rather ‘unique’ things to remember. I particularly like what you need to do for a flat tire if you use the compact spare tire. (compact spare only on the rear, and you need to install a fuse to disable the 4 wheel drive, temporarily switching to a 2 wheel drive while you use the compact spare)

To specifically answer your question…. in the 2010 owner’s manual section 8-2.

8-2 Driving tips
New vehicle break-in driving
– the first 1,000 miles (1,600
The performance and long life of your
vehicle are dependent on how you handle
and care for your vehicle while it is new.
Follow these instructions during the first
1,000 miles (1,600 km):
. Do not race the engine. And do not
allow engine speed to exceed 4,000 rpm
except in an emergency.
. Do not drive at one constant engine or
vehicle speed for a long time, either fast or
. Avoid starting suddenly and rapid
acceleration, except in an emergency.
. Avoid hard braking, except in an
The same break-in procedures should be
applied to an overhauled engine, newly
mounted engine or when brake pads or
brake linings are replaced with new ones.

2010 2.5X Premium AWP 4EAT
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I followed Cobb Tuning's Guide:

CobbTuning.com - How To Break-in Your Newly Built Engine v1.03

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