Wide open throttle (WOT) Acceleration

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  1. CanadianDude

    CanadianDude Notebook Deity

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    With a new car with 2500 miles on it, is it ok to do WOT from a standstill to 90 MPH from time to time?

    Does it hurt the longevity of the vehicle?

    Reason I ask is because I had a rental car (2011 Ford Fusion 4cyl) with 2500 on the odo and couldn't help but abuse it a little, so it made me wonder.


    I think...that after 2500 miles it's been broken in so the engine is fine. In fact, I've heard that high revvs once in a while is good for it. I think the transmission would take the most abuse and most likely to fail if driven hard all the time.
     
  2. mrXniick

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    From what I understand (and according to the owners manual in my 2011 mustang) Modern engines don't necessarily require the classic "break in" period that was characteristic of older cars. Going WOT will be fine, what you don't want to do initially is travel long distances at the same speed and RPM. As long as you are varying the RPM for the first few hundred miles, you should be ok.
     
  3. usapatriot

    usapatriot Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    It's fine, I've gone WOT on my car almost every time I've driven it for almost 25,000 miles and counting no problems...

    As long as you do your basic maintenance and oil changes, you will be fine.
     
  4. Charles P. Jefferies

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    Once the engine is warmed up, sure.

    Engine is designed to operate within the RPM range on the tach up to the redline.
     
  5. CanadianDude

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    Everything I've read online seems to agree with you, especially the part about varying the RPMs.

    What is the consequence of not doing this? For example what about those new cars that are sold to dealers 2-3 hours drive away? I know that a lot of cars at my Ford dealership are driven in from bigger dealerships. These are brand new cars driving on the high way for the first 100-200 miles. Isn't this bad?
     
  6. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow

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    If it's 2-3 hours they might truck them over. If it's like 20-30 minute drive, I'd safely assume they would be driven.

    Dude you are too paranoid about your car, might as well just take public transportation. :p
     
  7. CanadianDude

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    Haha, perhaps I am. It's just new car paranoia. It'll wear off in a month of two.
     
  8. Greg

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    Um, why do you feel the need to go 90MPH?
     
  9. Kaelang

    Kaelang Requires more Witcher.

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    Because reasonable is too slow.
     
  10. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow

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    Cause Fast and Furious told us so. :p
     
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