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Date Registered: 09-2006
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Breaking in the Diesel


Hi All,

I'm due to pick up a new Diesel X-Trail tomorrow and was wondering if any of you had hot tips in the breaking in of this engine that isn't covered in the manual?

I've read all the other issues people have had here with the Diesel, which is great information that will allow me to keep an eye out if the new car will develop any issues.

Cheers,
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Just like any new car treat it gentle for the first 1000km.

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I'd disagree with that.

With numerous new cars and bikes I've always flogged them and they have given me flawless service in return. The explanation can be long, but basically the idea is while the piston rings are new and the cylinder walls still have some roughness from honing... You need to create enough internal pressure to force the rings onto the piston walls to bed them in properly. This roughness doesnt last long and once it's gone it's too late. You also need to use lots of engine braking to help 'suck' junk out.

This idea of giving components time to bed in properly is complete rubbish. If it's not perfect from the factory it will fail regardless.

My last bike a 600RR, I was pulling 15,000 Rpm with less than 10km on the odo. It ran flawlessly, never used a drop of oil and did the same for the next owner, a mate of mine.

It's why new engines run dino oil, to allow for that wear.

My process... Flog it all the way home. Change the oil and filter with Dino oil. Run another thousand ks then switch to full synth. First oil change the used oil has a nice metallic coat emoticon

So if this works why don't manufacturers suggest it??? Its a new vehicle, you are unfamiliar with it and are more likely to crash. They would get sued endlessly.

My advice to normal people. Drive it normally emoticon
If you really want to do something give it an oil change within the first 30ks.

I've done this with every new bike and car I've owned and have never had anything buy happy motors. Got a merc diesel for work 2 years ago. Same treatment. It's now done 75,000ks with one oil change.
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Just drive it like you would normally.
Don't pamper it, don't flog it.

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Re: Breaking in the Diesel


Thanks guys, I guess I'm going for a 'middle of the road' approach. I'm not going to flog it excessively, but I am giving it a bit of a kick every now and then. Pretty much going to drive it just a bit harder than I normally would and ensure it gets a good warm up and cool down.

I notice the manual says to not take it over 2500rpm, but my thinking is that I will take it occasionally over this, but not constantly hold it over this rev limit.

Since I'll be doing a long country trip towing a camper trailer in a couple of months, I'll work an oil change or two in there as well. I'm not going to wait till the 10,000Ks for this. My thought is to do one before going away and probably just outside the break in period (1600km) and then do another oil change when I get back from the trip. I'll be covering some 2000-3000km during this trip, with at least 2000km being towing. Good thing the camper trailer weighs less than 500KG...
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Other tips.

You don't need to use high rpm, but you do need to have periods of heavy throttle. If u have an auto switch into M so it doesn't kick back a gear. Also vary your gears and revs. Remember, that roughness from honing really only lasts ~30ks if you drive it properly.

Seriously give the oil and filter a change as early as you can. Look at the used oil in the sun you can see tiny metal particles glistening in the light. It's kinda shocking the 1st time you see it. Those contaminants need to get out of your engine. Just remember, anything less that ~1,000ks on the clock don't run synthetic oil.

Once you finish this you should be more than fine with 10,000km service intervals. The work van did ~50,000ks before it's 1st service. Thats the first time it went back since new. Im sure the x trail can survive on 10,000 emoticon
A little different to my super motard which gets done every 800ks :S
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Date Registered: 07-2008
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I would recommend putting in a tank of BP Ultimate or equivalent and ensuring at least twice weekly you can accommodate two min. 15-20min 80km/hr plus journeys.

Will get everything hot and what a diesel likes - all day at 2000rpm.

Enjoy - it is a very good vehicle.

John

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Thanks guys,

I've only used about a 1/3 of the tank (they threw in a full tank of fuel without my asking), so I went and put some BP Ultimate in it to top it up. I'm thinking they used another brand of fuel in there, as there aren't any close by BP service stations to the dealer.

I'm also lucky enough to get a decent 10KM drive down the freeway each day at decent speeds to work, so I'm hoping the DPF stays fairly clean.

Other than that, this car is fantastic to drive and put the foot down on! My only niggle is the lack of space in the spare tyre well, but I'll be working on a suitable solution (I've already upsized my tyres) and post the details in the tyre thread sometime in the future.
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Best practice for running in is use medium revs- dont let it idle too long nor use high revs. But most importantly put it under load, up hill is great and varied load, not sitting on the same rpm fro too long e.g. long highway trips.

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Vehicle manual states for first 1600km dont go above 2500rpm and dont stick to one speed for long periods of time

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