How's it going everyone I have 500 miles was wondering when you guys did your first oil change and break in period thank you ?
I got what I call the "Oil Filter Socket"; it is a cap that fits over the end of the filter and grips the dimples on the filter canister. A 1/2 drive extension fits into it and you just ratchet the filter off.(another oil thread.. how many hundreds of comments will fill the pages?)
Anyway, I changed my first oil change at 1,000 miles. Switched to Mobil 1
and used the Motorcraft F400s (which is the same diameter as stock, but a bit taller.
Doing your own? Remember that FIRST oil filter is stuck on TIGHT!!
I had to go buy a friction wrap around filter tool. I did NOT want to puncture of destroy the filter.
(if you cannot get it off, and it is damaged, punctured,, you are screwed)
The filter is 'up' in a fairly tight area, so it is near impossible to get a extended tool around it up where the filter is.
The wrap strap type filter removal tool bar extends down, so I could get a wrench with leverage to apply.
Anyway, have fun.
Short answer: the amount of time the engine needs to run under certain circumstances to rub down some rough edges in the engine.What is a "break in" period??
Sorry dude...that was a total joke and complete sarcasm...totally didn't mean to reel ya in like that!Short answer: the amount of time the engine needs to run under certain circumstances to rub down some rough edges in the engine.
The piston in a cylinder does not do all the sealing, it is up to the piston rings and a film of oil to complete the seal.
When newly assembled an engine's piston rings are "rough" at a microscopic level. The peaks and valleys at the edges of the rings that ride against the cylinder wall are small, but big enough that the oil film is not enough to seal the gaps.
Over time, (normally a few thousand miles) the new rings rub against the cylinder wall and hone themselves down to a smoother consistency. This means that over the 'break in' gaps are made smaller, and hopefully become just the right size for the oil to finish the seal job.
Some older engines may also 'break in' other components like cams, lifters, or bearings, but for our Ecoboost engines the biggest break in item is the rings.
I Do do it with my hand. (My girlie weak hands.) But I do place a thin rubber 'cup' over the filter to improveI you can almost do it with your hand.