When should the first break-in oil change be performed?

April 10, 2012

Q: I have had several customers who have purchased new vehicles and wish for our shop to service them. One question I have been asked in the past is when should the first oil change be performed?

I know the rule of thumb use to be a 1,000 miles on "break-in oil." Has the playing ground been changed now? What is the best answer for new factory vehicles?

A: First let me say, great question. There are actually two answers.

  1. For severe duty, i.e. heavy equipment or over the road trucks, the standard break-in period specified by the manufacturer is the best.
  2. For medium duty and light duty vehicles, i.e. midsized trucks, pickups and passenger cars, the 1,000-mile mark is still a good rule of thumb. Passenger cars can be changed almost immediately if desired.

Thank you for your inquiry.

About the Author

Steve Rober

Steve Rober is Executive Sales Director and assists the Technical Department specializing in fleet lubrication management. He has been with Schaeffer Manufacturing Company since 2006 and has works closely with the Technical Department as well as Sales and Marketing. Steve is a member of STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers). Steve has completed training as a Certified Lubrication Specialist.

Steve studied Automotive Technology and Industrial Arts at Central Missouri State University. He was accredited at Harley-Davidson completing two separate training programs and scoring both classes highest marks.

Steve has an extensive background in the automotive field. During his 30 year career he has held every management position in automotive and truck dealerships. Steve is married and has two grown children.

His hobbies include hot rods and he is a Harley-Davidson enthusiast.

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