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Drivetrain Break-in 101

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Probably, but this isn't the first time I've heard this. Mine looked the same as yours. You'd be surprised what particulates you might find in your oil at this stage. That's why it's a good idea to get it out sooner instead of later. If you change your oil often and don't rag the piss out of it, it doesn't matter what they put in the oil. I think I changed my oil at 100 miles, 500 miles, 1,000 miles, 3,000 miles and then every 5,000 after that. 43,000 miles and it runs great and gets awesome fuel economy. I am nowhere near stock either. Absolutely no issues...
Any clue as to what is in the factory fill that makes it look like Dex2? I'm sure it'll get a nice toasty dark brown soon, but I've never seen motor oil that color. Fork oils sure, but never motor oil.
 

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Any clue as to what is in the factory fill that makes it look like Dex2? I'm sure it'll get a nice toasty dark brown soon, but I've never seen motor oil that color. Fork oils sure, but never motor oil.
The factory fill has a green die which shows up under UV light and makes it easier to detect leaks-
http://www.fiestastforum.com/forum/threads/10562-Factory-fill-oil-is-green

This freaks a lot of people out, Ford should probably tell folks in the ST manual. I'm not sure if this is what you're talking about, since Dex is red but thought folks should know since the topic of weird-colored factory fill oil came up.
 
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The factory fill has a green die which shows up under UV light and makes it easier to detect leaks-
http://www.fiestastforum.com/forum/threads/10562-Factory-fill-oil-is-green

This freaks a lot of people out, Ford should probably tell folks in the ST manual. I'm not sure if this is what you're talking about, since Dex is red but thought folks should know since the topic of weird-colored factory fill oil came up.
Interesting. They could've just changed the die color. Mine is definitely pink/orange. I'll hit it with a UV light today to see. Makes sense. Thanks.
 
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Quite frankly I thought the OP was nuts! However, I am now a believer. Did the first change at around 120 miles, it was like panning for aluminium. It glistened in the sunlight in my oil pan. I have been doing the hold the revs deal on back roads, not sure how much you are supposed to do? But, I was out for about an hour running through the gears, will do again when I get the time. I just let the car sit, don't want to drive it for short trips! Thanks for taking the time to put together this guide. Not much for new cars, but, have one now.
 
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So...any advice at this point?

I bought mine with 26 miles on it and drove about 160 miles from the dealer to my home. Mostly steady state with a few trips to about 4 grand on the tach in order to deal with traffic fools and such. I have just under 600 miles now. Mostly tame but a few accidental trips to the redline along the way, (grabbed a gear too low a few times) and some indulgent acceleration from time to time that had me at 4500. After reading this I'll be changing the oil. Unfortunately the car makes far too may short trips in service to my family, grocery runs, school rides and the like. No way to cut them out completely. What's the best way to proceed from here? Thanks.
 
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To get some sleep and stop thinking so much
Thanks. It's just my first new car and I'm hoping I didn't screw it up to badly in the first 600 miles. The car is so seductive. It just goads you into enjoying its power. It's been a real exercise to keep from losing control and just go flying around everywhere. Best to just pick up from here and drive stoically for the next 1000 miles I guess. [thumb]
 
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Thanks. It's just my first new car and I'm hoping I didn't screw it up to badly in the first 600 miles. The car is so seductive. It just goads you into enjoying its power. It's been a real exercise to keep from losing control and just go flying around everywhere. Best to just pick up from here and drive stoically for the next 1000 miles I guess. [thumb]
I'm a firm believer in the frequent changes starting out. Gets the crap out and lets surfaces wear in smoothly.
 

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The goon that took it off the transporter and the lot boy takes care of break in procedure.
More true than you know. In a roundabout way, I know some people that load vehicles onto trains and freight trucks from inventory lots. They are pressed to do it as quickly as possible, and so they run the vehicles very hard all the way onto the hauler. These inventory lots are often huge, too, with lots of straight alleys.

When loading onto trains, the more skilled loaders will have all of the train's cargo containers open on both ends with the gap bridged by metal panels and will drive through the cargo containers from the rear of the train to the front at full tilt until they need to stop and park. To make it even more insane, most of them won't buckle up to save time. Which leads into my next story.

I also knew a guy that would do recalls and revisions on vehicles in the inventory lots. Someone else he knew was doing such a revision on some braking component on the Impalas from a few years ago, and didn't put it back together properly. When it came time to ship the vehicles out, they were loading onto semi truck car carriers, and that Impala with the bungled brake update was the first one to be loaded. You know how those car carriers look like sweet ramps when they're empty? Imagine hitting one at full throttle and then braking, only to find you have no brakes, and aren't buckled up. It wasn't pretty, but I was told he survived.
 
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So, I'm at about 500 miles and had no idea about the 100 mile oil change. What oil and filter do you recommend putting in the car? (2019 Fiesta ST). I noticed the original post said not synthetic unless it already has synthetic in it, but I'm not sure what is in it from the factory. Thanks!
 

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So, I'm at about 500 miles and had no idea about the 100 mile oil change. What oil and filter do you recommend putting in the car? (2019 Fiesta ST). I noticed the original post said not synthetic unless it already has synthetic in it, but I'm not sure what is in it from the factory. Thanks!
Semi-synth, any filter. Just do it soon. Do it again at 2000, then go full synth at 5000.

Change your tranny fluid at 5000, too. Enjoy cool runnings, mon.
I've got 14,000 on the clock, and I swear it's getting faster.

The change oil light has never come on.
 
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I've never done the break in thing. My daily driver has a 115K on it. How much oil does it burn zero.

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No, it's not likely to. Modern engines are tight.
It's about mating surfaces at a microscopic level. Turbo bearings, for example.
 


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