New Clutch Break-in - 2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z: New Clutch Break-in

July 27, 2009  

New transmission. Check. New clutch. Check. Our service technician handed over the keys to our 2009 Nissan 370Z and bid us farewell. Three steps to the car we glanced over our shoulder, "Any sort of break-in procedure we should follow?"

"Nothing. Just don't do what you did to break it the last time," he warned.

"Okay. Don't use reverse. Got it," we replied half-joking. But the idea didn't sit well with us. At the very least we decided to keep it mellow for awhile. Minimal clutch slippage. But no clutch dumps either. Nice, clean shifts. So we spent the past 300-plus miles essentially breaking-in the clutch. 90-percent of this took place on the traffic riddled freeways of LA at stop-and-go paces. Feels good to us.

There are different schools of thought on clutch break-in. Baby it for 300 miles. No, make it 1,000 miles. Clutch break-in is nonsense. Drive it like you stole it. Whatever my mechanic tells me to do. Where do you stand?

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 9,650 miles

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