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Old 07-24-2011, 06:56 AM   #1
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just curious how many miles you waited befor you red lined your S4 through all the gears?
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I still haven't redlined through 5th or 6th, but I redlined through 3rd on my way home from the dealership a couple times the night I picked it up and every time I drove it after that for the first 1000 miles or so. Haven't burned a drop of oil. I'm sure DrGP will chime in to second this, taking new car full throttle to redline (or close to redline) after it is fully warmed up and engine braking as much as possible is the best way to fully break in a car and ensure the piston rings fully seat.
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just curious how many miles you waited befor you red lined your S4 through all the gears?
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I took delivery in winter here in NE Ohio. Prolly didn't need to, but waited 500 miles or so before I wrung it out well.
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Somewhere between 15 and 25 total miles on car.
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Since I bought my car with 100 miles on it, I am sure that a few test drives took it into the higher revs. At 2000 miles, dipstick still reads full so no complaints.
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I think it was about 150 miles before I red lined it in 1st, 2nd gear.
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About 20. Got the car with 12 miles on the odometer. Wanted to be sure that oil had warmed up. BTW, I recommend WOT to the red line 3 times a day until you reach 1000 miles. Followed by engine braking. This IS beneficial for getting the rings to seat completely. 11k miles and NO appreciable oil consumption. All cars will consume small amounts of oil. Unfortunately, some that have not been
broken in correctly will consume more.

ACTUALLY, I re read your original post and you say red line through ALL the gears. That I would not do until 1000 miles. To the red line in any one gear, at any mileage. In all gears, 1000 miles

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The first time I drove it and every time I drove it for the first 1000 miles. May be 20? No drop in oil at all for the first 3500 miles so far.
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ACTUALLY, I re read your original post and you say red line through ALL the gears. That I would not do until 1000 miles. To the red line in any one gear, at any mileage. In all gears, 1000 miles
I just got my car. So does it matter which gear I am in?

I have been redlining the car in first once a day. Is that ok, or should I red line in 2 or 3rd every once in a while as well?
Does it matter?
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Here is what I recommend. It is a variation of the Motoman technique. No one who has used this technique has ever reported oil consumption issues or engine problems, Many have thanked me for the recommendation. Those that have used know that IT WORKS! After the car has reached normal operating temp. Run the car Wide Open Throttle to the redline(or just shy for the squeamish) I assure you that the engine will run happily at the redline for a second or two. After reaching the red line, take your foot off of the gas with the car still in gear and let it coast back to normal speed.(engine braking) . Do not do this drag race style. First or second gear are fine. Any gear for that matter. Do not do back to back WOT runs to the red line. WOT in any gear below the red line at will. 2-3 WOTs to the red line per day until you have 1K miles. At that point there are no limitations. You can check out Motoman here: http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

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Here is what I recommend. It is a variation of the Motoman technique. No one who has used this technique has ever reported oil consumption issues or engine problems, Many have thanked me for the recommendation. Those that have used know that IT WORKS! After the car has reached normal operating temp. Run the car Wide Open Throttle to the redline(or just shy for the squeamish) I assure you that the engine will run happily at the redline for a second or two. After reaching the red line, take your foot off of the gas with the car still in gear and let it coast back to normal speed.(engine braking) . Do not do this drag race style. First or second gear are fine. Any gear for that matter. Do not do back to back WOT runs to the red line. WOT in any gear below the red line at will. 2-3 WOTs to the red line per day until you have 1K miles. At that point there are no limitations. You can check out Motoman here: http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

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I appreciate the thanks but what I would appreciate more is to TELL OTHERS ABOUT IT! The word is slowly spreading. It is really frustrating to me when there is a technique that works and works all the time and people aren't aware of it. Even more frustrating is the fact that most owner will just blindly follow the manufactures recommendations. But how could I or anyone else know better than Audi? Or any other manufacturer for that matter. Its always all about the money.
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I already have it programmed in my head that as soon as my car is delivered to use the method of break-in described by DrGp. An excuse to enjoy the car a little every time i hop in it.
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Great info DrGP!

I have been planning on using the break-in method you have shared when my car arrives.

One question. I will be picking my car up at a dealer that is 175 miles from my house and driving home that day, Seattle to Portland. The drive home is basically a straight shot down I-5. Other than surface roads for a couple miles on each end this will not leave me a lot of room for anything other than cruising at high way speeds the whole 175 miles.

Is there anything you would recommend? I could mapquest a 10-20 mile route near the dealership through some rural roads to do some spirited driving with WOT a few times and engine braking before I come back to the freeway and set the cruise control.

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I appreciate the thanks but what I would appreciate more is to TELL OTHERS ABOUT IT! The word is slowly spreading. It is really frustrating to me when there is a technique that works and works all the time and people aren't aware of it. Even more frustrating is the fact that most owner will just blindly follow the manufactures recommendations. But how could I or anyone else know better than Audi? Or any other manufacturer for that matter. Its always all about the money.
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Great info DrGP!

I have been planning on using the break-in method you have shared when my car arrives.

One question. I will be picking my car up at a dealer that is 175 miles from my house and driving home that day, Seattle to Portland. The drive home is basically a straight shot down I-5. Other than surface roads for a couple miles on each end this will not leave me a lot of room for anything other than cruising at high way speeds the whole 175 miles.

Is there anything you would recommend? I could mapquest a 10-20 mile route near the dealership through some rural roads to do some spirited driving with WOT a few times and engine braking before I come back to the freeway and set the cruise control.

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No need to do that. Heck, my drive home was about 40 miles on the freeway and another 30 just plain 4 lane highway. I just tried to vary the RPMs, downshift (double clutch and rev match) to lower gears often and do plenty of full throttle blasts below redline, and used toll booths and onramps as an opportunity to drop down to 3rd or 2nd and floor it to redline and offramps as an opportunity to engine brake.

If you need to, just get off at an exit every so often and use the on and offramps as your personal play areas and try not to hold gears too long while you're on the freeway. That's the other good side to the method DrGP recommends: It's extremely fun!
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