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2009, 25 miles on it now. Would it be okay to take a trip from Phx, Az to Prescott, Az. now with only 25 miles on the car?

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Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley Yes! What a great opportunity to enjoy the vehicle that you recently purchased. Have fun and enjoy the scenery.

Patricia Algier , Owner at Valley Dealer Exchange Inc Dear Delores, Please check with the manufacturer in the old days you were suppose to break in the car with regular driving habits but each manufacturer had thier own requirements. The Service advisor at the Dealer where you bought the car should be able to instruct you. Patti

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Dolores, Consider this: Due to the vastly improved metal casting and machining technologies which are now used, tight parts in new engines are not normal. A manufacturing mistake causing a tight clearance is an extremely rare occurrence these days. But, if there is something wrong with the engine clearances from the factory, no amount of gentle running will fix the problem. Q: What is the most common cause of engine problems ??? A: Failure to: Warm the engine up completely before running it hard !!! Q: What is the second most common cause of engine problems ??? A: An easy break in !!! Because, when the rings don't seal well, the blow-by gasses contaminate the oil with acids and other harmful combustion by-products !! Ironically, an "easy break in" is not at all what it seems. By trying to "protect" the engine, the exact opposite happens, as leaky rings continue to contaminate your engine oil for the rest of the life of your engine !! Q: What's the third most common cause of engine problems ??? A: Not changing the oil soon enough after the engine is first run !! Change Your Oil Right Away !! The best thing you can do for your engine is to change your oil and filter after the first 20 miles. Most of the wearing in process happens immediately, creating a lot of metal in the oil. Plus, the amount of leftover machining chips and other crud left behind in the manufacturing process is simply amazing !! You want to flush that stuff out before it gets recycled and embedded.

Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Dolores, Unless the dealership advised you of a 'break in' period for you car (I don't believe there is one for the CR-V), than you are good to go. Go enjoy your trip and the beautiful weather in Prescott this time of year! Bogi Lateiner 180 Degrees Automotive

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Dolores- you should have a great trip in your car- just do not drive it like you stole it (LOL)- that is do not do drastic braking maneuvers or use full throttle unless necessary this way the parts will break in properly- also vary your speed whenever possible for the first 500 or so miles- have a great time - thanks Super Girls Auto.

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Absolutely! Have a beautiful trip! Next trip take time to explore Sedona! Enjoy the ride.... Pat Fleischmann

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