Join Date: May 2018
Location: Western Iowa
Year/Make/Model: 2015 Voyager
I used to overhaul diesel engines. Had this argument all of the time! I wanted the new rings, mains, and caps to "seat" properly. The freight haulers needed the truck. The conversation usually went, "If you did it right, what better way to test it, than to put it on the road?". I would agree with the boss, then get the driver privately and say, " It's your decision - you can make good time by running this fresh engine all-out. Or, you can take it easy the first 500. How much 'Down-Time' can you afford, if I have to go back into that engine?". I knew I did good work-I never had a comeback engine. Chances were good that my overhaul would hold-up, either way. If it didn't, I would still have a 'Come-Back' against me, either way. The boss wouldn't care and I'ld still be in trouble and lose my commission. I then left it up to the driver to decide!
The question is; "How much are you willing to gamble on that brand new engine?". Most manufacturers ask that you go easy on the top-end, and vary the engine speeds (up and down), for the first few miles. I would then replace the oil and filter after the first thousand miles. After that, " Ride it like Ya stole it!"
Last edited by Hathaway; 02-28-2019 at 10:16 AM.