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July 18, 2003, 7:08 pm
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Re: Advice for run in a new Camry
: What precautions do I need to take during the break-in period for my new
A: A few simple tips for the first 1,600 km can add to the life of your new
a.. Do not drive over 88 km/h.
b.. Run the engine at a moderate speed between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm.
c.. Avoid full throttle starts.
d.. Try to avoid hard stops during the first 300 km (150 miles)
e.. Do not drive slowly with the manual transmission in a high gear.
f.. Do not drive for a long time at any single speed, either fast or slow.
g.. Do not tow a trailer during the first 800 km (500 miles)
I would also add that when I bought my 2002 Camry LE V6 I performed an oil
change at 4,000 km (2,500 miles) and then changed the oil every 4,000 km
(2,500 miles) till I got to 16,000 km (10,000 miles) and then switched over
to Mobil 1 Synthetic 5W30. I waited till 10,000 miles so that the normal
controlled wear and extended controlled wear was completed.
Another idea which is used by many people here is to dump the factory oil
from day one and switch to Mobil 1 5W30 right from the dealership. The
break in process will take longer because of less wear but the piston rings
will be "polished" lighter because of added viscosity. Synthetic oil does
cost more but it offers improved hot and cold protection and extended
durability to the engines because of less wear. I usually buy my Mobil 1
from WalMart and bring my Mobil 1 into the dealership when I get the oil
changed since its cheaper by a few $$. I change my oil every 6,000 km to
8,000 km (4,000 miles to 5,000 miles) depending on type of driving, outside
Here is the view of Synthetic Oil via Toyota USA:
Can I use synthetic oil in my Toyota?
All Toyota vehicles come from the factory with natural
petroleum-based engine oil. Toyota is currently recommending API1 grade SJ
or SL, or ILSAC2 multigrade petroleum-based engine oil3 for our current
model year vehicles. In moderate climates, this oil should have a Society of
Automotive Engineers (SAE) viscosity rating of 5W-30. In our high mileage
tests with preventative maintenance performed at the recommended intervals,
the recommended natural petroleum-based oil has provided excellent service.
If you decide to use synthetic oil for the engine, it is best not to
switch until the first scheduled oil change. Synthetic oil should meet or
exceed the specifications provided in your Owner's Manual. Even if synthetic
oil is used, we do not recommend a longer oil change interval. Also, once
synthetic oil is used, you should keep using it and not switch back and
forth with natural petroleum-based oil.
The Toyota New Vehicle Limited Warranty does not cover any damage to
the engine resulting from the use of engine oil that is defective, or that
does not meet the specifications provided in your Owner's Manual, regardless
of whether the oil is natural or synthetic. You can protect yourself against
this possibility by having your maintenance performed by a
factory-authorized Toyota dealership.
1 American Petroleum Institute
2 International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee
3 Please refer to your Owner's Manual for additional information
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