The modern car is made up of many parts, all of which can break or wear and therefore need replacing.
Here at Cox Motor Parts it’s fair to say we know a thing or two about car parts and we want you to get the very best from everything you purchase.
It is because of this we want you to know everything about what running in car parts means and how to do it.
This is the phrase used to describe the process of driving following the recent installation of new car parts.
While some car parts work fluently immediately after installation, others take time to operate at their full capacity, therefore, need ‘running in’.
After your car has been fitted with new parts, you are likely to be told by the mechanic to “take things easy” for the next 50-100 miles, which is another way of asking you to run them in.
How To ‘Run In’
While it does seem like a slightly strange thing to be asked as you pull out of the garage, it will make sense when you get on the road.
Certain new parts like clutches brake pads/discs and tyres need running in, and the difference can be very noticeable right from the off.
The idea is less that you take it easy, and more that you be very aware of the part which has been replaced and how you use it for the first few miles.
For example, brand new tyres are usually coated in production by a substance which is intended to keep them in perfect condition. This condition is intended to make them look as appealing as possible in the showroom, however, has a slightly negative effect on the road.
This coating can be removed, bringing the new tyres to their prime condition by running them in. this really is just a case of taking it slightly easier in corners and when braking to begin with, otherwise you might find that your grip is actually reduced.
Read more on the maintenance and safety of car tyres in this great infographic on our blog.
Other parts which require ‘running in’ in a similar fashion are brake pads and discs. These come with a film which needs wearing away before being at their peak grip.
It is also worth bearing in mind that once you have had new parts fitted, that they will feel different to before the replacement.
Brakes will feel much sharper than those before because they were severely worn down, meaning you’ll have to get to grips with just how sharp and reactive they are.
The same goes for a new clutch, which can feel as if you’ve stepped into a different car. It is just a case of getting used to the control of it.
After a good few miles of ‘running in’ your new parts, you’ll soon realise that it was well worth spending your money on quality replacement parts.
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