How to break in your new vehicle engine

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at 3:12 pm
mercedes-benz engine close up

Do you have to break in a new vehicle engine? 

When you get a brand-new vehicle, you may feel as though you have to be ultra-careful when you drive it. Actually, there is some truth to this. Just like shoes, vehicles must be broken in. We read through the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris operator’s manual to find information on how to break in your new vehicle engine, and we have the main points below to share with you. Next time you get a new vehicle, follow these four simple rules to break in your new vehicle engine. 


Why do you have to break in your new vehicle engine? 

First of all, you are probably wondering why you have to do this at all. According to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris operator’s manual “for the service life and economy of your vehicle it is crucial that you break in the engine with due care.” While that is a little vague, it seems that the claim is that an engine that is properly broken in is less likely to need repairs and will, therefore, save you money. So, we think this will be worth your time. Of course, if your Mercedes-Benz van is experiencing issues, visit our service department for a solution. 

Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van engine

Four steps to breaking in your new vehicle engine 

Without further ado, here are the four steps to breaking in your new vehicle engine according to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris operator’s manual. 

  1. Drive at varying vehicle and engine speeds during the first 1,000 miles to protect the engine. 
  2. Avoid high engine speeds during the first 1,000 miles. Do not exceed 3/4ths of the maximum allowable speed for each gear. 
  3. Do not manually change down a gear in order to brake. 
  4. Avoid pressing the gas pedal beyond the pressure point. 

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