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How to break in new 2018 Tundra?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by tundrathr0w, Jun 12, 2018 at 10:12 PM.

  1. Jun 12, 2018 at 10:12 PM
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    tundrathr0w

    tundrathr0w [OP] New Member

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    I just bought a new 2018 Tundra. How to break it in?

    I've read the manual, and I've also read lots of conflicting information on this forum and outside of it.

    What say you?
     
  2. Jun 12, 2018 at 10:18 PM
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    Marty McFly

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    Use a crowbar and jimmy the door open :D
    Just joking, drive it like you stole it :yes:

    Seriously, I have a rule we always take a trip to Vegas when we get a new car to break it in :thumbsup:
     
  3. Jun 12, 2018 at 10:39 PM
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    Baja Mike

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    Just drive it. Don’t tow anything until you have 500 miles on it so the rear differential gears can break in. That’s really about it.
     
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    Welcome from Texas
     
  6. Jun 13, 2018 at 12:19 AM
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    Like this .....
    20180613_022344.jpg

    :eek:
     
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    The motor is pretty much broke in. Toyota runs the engines through a firing bench and then they are hooked up to electric motors that run through a 5 hour alternating rpm range. Its the differential and transmission that actually require the break in.
     
  10. Jun 13, 2018 at 4:46 AM
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    well damn... I'll be the first to admit the oops since I towed with mines the next day after I got the truck. Open trailer with 3 dirtbikes and 2 atv's, cooler and all that outdoor accessories. Then I went to Vegas the day after, without the trailer and toys lol.
     
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  11. Jun 13, 2018 at 4:50 AM
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    You're not alone on this. Plenty of people, myself included, have done this with little to no issues. Just use some common sense though and be easy with it. You'll get all sorts of answers with this question now a days. I did the same with the Tundra. Picked it up on Friday, drove it home to a total of about 85 miles. Sat morning I hooked up the travel trailer and drove it a good 100 miles to our camp location.

    Edit: The biggest thing I can agree on with people though is go through the different RPM ranges and drive at different speeds for a while. I don't know much about the Tundras, but the current Tacomas are bad for learning the drivers habit so if you drive like an ol grandpa and ease around everywhere, the truck learns your habits and sets the tune to that style of driving resulting in tons of people complaining about early shifts and lack of power later on down the line. Hopefully these tundras aren't like that.
     
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  12. Jun 13, 2018 at 4:59 AM
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    Phew! Good to hear I'm not alone haha. Yeah forsure I took it easy towing, was a bit more concerned going uphill, but I didn't have to sweat much about it. Also my brother had took some of the items to load into his truck so not everything was all weighted down on mines.

    Oh tacoma's... those things are just a crappy feel driving them period (the newer gen that is) . Before I got this Tundra I wanted a 4runner, but knowing that I will be needing a vehicle to tow and offroading I am glad I got to drive a friend's tacoma hooked onto a uhaul with 3 sportbikes heading out for a trackday and man that thing just lacks power from the the start. I felt so bad for the motor and transmission, I cringed every time the rpm skyjacked up high and screamed. That was when I crossed out the 4runner and went for the Tundra instead. I'll leave those vehicles for the overland lords.
     
  13. Jun 13, 2018 at 5:04 AM
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    I'll make one more comment about the Tacoma before I get a little too off topic here but I wanted to agree a little with you. I've had my share of Tacomas including the second gen, which has the 4.0 as well as the 3rd gen with the 3.5 you must be talking about. The 2nd gen drove way better to be honest including when towing our first little popup camper we had. The 3rd gen does love to jump up in RPMS because that's where the power is made on those but it just sounds and feels so bad. Driving them empty or just off road, they're great. I love it for that, but for towing......naaa pass on them for the most part. These Tundras just go. I didn't even notice the trailer back there so much at all when I moved up to this.
     

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