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#4592189 - 12/02/17 03:28 PM Engine break-in during winter
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Registered: 05/09/05
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I am in the market to replace my Accord but am thinking about whether it would be better to defer the purchase till Spring to avoid the cold weather startups during break-in. Any thoughts..
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#4592191 - 12/02/17 03:32 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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No Need to wait...the engine will be broken in by the time it rolls off the truck at dealers lot
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#4592192 - 12/02/17 03:32 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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Engines break in just fine anytime of the year. Nothing to worry about.
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#4592200 - 12/02/17 03:45 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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Registered: 10/30/02
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Originally Posted By: vinu_neuro
I am in the market to replace my Accord but am thinking about whether it would be better to defer the purchase till Spring to avoid the cold weather startups during break-in. Any thoughts..

Heh... I'm in the market to replace my 530i, but I'm waiting until next Spring, not because of any break-in concerns, but I just don't want to put it through snow/salt, plus the risk of getting into a wreck is higher during winter. smile
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#4592215 - 12/02/17 04:09 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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How bad is short running an engine in below freezing weather? Inquiring minds want to know.

Years ago I drove into and thru a blizzard in West Texas and I feel blessed that my rental truck and the car my wife was driving started up in the morning. It took quite a while to dig out of the snow and ice and I'm not sure either vehicle could have restarted right away. We were 2 days in this stuff and that was bad enough. Little things like the door lock being frozen and over an inch of ice on the windshield and going backward when letting the clutch out in 1st gear was no fun. Not seeing the curbs in the motel parking lot and having the trailer go its own way was interesting, too. You folks that live in the stuff have got to be made of tough stuff. I was sure happy to arrive in San Diego without having an accident in the cold weather.

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#4592253 - 12/02/17 04:58 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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Pete keep the e39! They're all junk now!
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#4592272 - 12/02/17 05:30 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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Registered: 11/28/17
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Originally Posted By: vinu_neuro
I am in the market to replace my Accord but am thinking about whether it would be better to defer the purchase till Spring to avoid the cold weather startups during break-in. Any thoughts..


I say save your money and keep the accord

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#4592279 - 12/02/17 05:40 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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Think about the poor car sitting around at the factory lot and intermediate locations being all "not broken in" if that is a concern of yours. A car could be hatched today and not at your dealers until spring.

If you buy now, the thing might not have been started since a 60 degree day in October.

Of course you'd then be out smearing salt on it for an extra season of winter.

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#4592281 - 12/02/17 05:41 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: Quattro Pete]
irv Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 1078
Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: vinu_neuro
I am in the market to replace my Accord but am thinking about whether it would be better to defer the purchase till Spring to avoid the cold weather startups during break-in. Any thoughts..

Heh... I'm in the market to replace my 530i, but I'm waiting until next Spring, not because of any break-in concerns, but I just don't want to put it through snow/salt, plus the risk of getting into a wreck is higher during winter. smile


My thoughts exactly. Wait until spring, get it rust proofed with Krown or Rust Check then drive on and be all prepared for next winter with some experience behind the wheel as well.
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#4592364 - 12/02/17 07:19 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: irv]
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Registered: 07/13/12
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Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: irv
Wait until spring, get it rust proofed with Krown or Rust Check then drive on and be all prepared for next winter with some experience behind the wheel as well.


Great advice, but there arenít any Krown shops within 5 hours of Chicago.

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#4592416 - 12/02/17 08:25 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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If you wait until spring, you'll spare the new car of all that road salt.

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#4592452 - 12/02/17 08:56 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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Registered: 06/27/16
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Loc: Minnesota
Unless the car you buy in spring has been sitting on the lot for months. Potentially test driven on a salty slushy day and left out on the lot again to decompose. Makes me shiver.
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#4594395 - 12/04/17 08:13 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: JoelB]
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Don't worry, I'll be broken in plenty before you take delivery.

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#4594427 - 12/04/17 08:37 PM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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#4594795 - 12/05/17 09:24 AM Re: Engine break-in during winter [Re: vinu_neuro]
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I guess they have to keep an army of drivers around to load those ships!
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