So much for my dealer claiming than RAV4 requires no break-in and that I can tow my boat from day 1. I often wonder that one has to be a total idiot to gain employment at a dealership.Harold said:From page 277 of the manual:
For the first 1600 km:
- Avoid full throttle acceleration when starting and driving
- Avoid racing the engine
- Try to avoid hard stops during the first 300 km
- Do not drive for a long time at any single speed, either fast or slow
- So not tow a trailer during the first 800 km
This is a very good info, explains why the new cars are partially breaked-in. Do we know if oil is changed at the factory after that piston ring seat-in procedure?MikeyJo said:I work in assembly at Toyota's Georgetown plant. All the engines are ran through a dianostics test in power train before being sent to assemby. Sorry, but I don't know the details of these tests. The cars are started and driven off the end of the final line straight to functional. In functional the cars are driven on to a big roll drum. The roll drum turns allowing the car to be driven with out actually moving forward. The vehicle's functions and instruments are tested against what the roll drum says the car is doing. I don't drive the cars for this testing but, I can tell you they really rev them up on those roll drums. You can hear those engines scream for several minutes while there on those drums. I'm sure our RAV's have gone through simular tests.