2021 A10 driving tips for a new owner

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My car is pretty new so I’ve only done a couple pulls in drag mode. I never thought about turning TC off, but the car was pretty loose all through first gear and had noticeable spin at both the 1-2 up shift as well as 2-3 And that’s with 3.15s. I did not notice any bogging that would indicate TC was cutting anything back. In fact, I’d say the shifts were real hard and only came at about 7500 rpm. Tell you the truth I was pretty impressed; I didn’t know these regular GTs were this strong.

Guess I’ll have to turn off TC (not ESC) and see what the difference is.
If the car is spinning and you had traction control on, then some power was cut, regardless if you felt it by seat dyno or not.





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I've had it cut throttle at some pretty high speeds when cold outside and it freaked me out thought the engine was acting up for a second.

As for break in I didn't baby it nor did I beat it. The A10 in sport mode is great for varying the revs up and down.
 
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Thanks everyone for the advice! Already starting to enjoy it!
 

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According to the Owner's Manual, the break in procedure is:
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BREAKING-IN

Tires
New tires need to be run-in for approximately 300 mi (500 km). During this time, you may experience different driving characteristics.
Brakes and Clutch
Avoid heavy use of the brakes and clutch if possible for the first 100 mi (150 km) in town and for the first 1000 mi (1,500 km) on freeways.
Engine
Avoid driving too fast during the first 1000 mi (1,500 km). Vary your speed frequently and change up through the gears early. Do not labor the engine.
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Doesn't sound like "beat on it" is Ford's idea of proper break in procedure. My mustang doesn't burn oil and I definitely didn't "beat on it" during the break in period.
 

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My break-in was a 3600 mile 6 state road trip.

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According to the Owner's Manual, the break in procedure is:
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BREAKING-IN

Tires
New tires need to be run-in for approximately 300 mi (500 km). During this time, you may experience different driving characteristics.
Brakes and Clutch
Avoid heavy use of the brakes and clutch if possible for the first 100 mi (150 km) in town and for the first 1000 mi (1,500 km) on freeways.
Engine
Avoid driving too fast during the first 1000 mi (1,500 km). Vary your speed frequently and change up through the gears early. Do not labor the engine.
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Doesn't sound like "beat on it" is Ford's idea of proper break in procedure. My mustang doesn't burn oil and I definitely didn't "beat on it" during the break in period.
You think the same information from 80 years ago is still good information today?

We've tried explaining this to everyone here, but do what you want to do. Don't let all the examples right here on this very board change your mind.

Don't think for yourself.
 
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You think the same information from 80 years ago is still good information today?

We've tried explaining this to everyone here, but do what you want to do. Don't let all the examples right here on this very board change your mind.

Don't think for yourself.
Don't think for yourself (no need) - follow the manufacturer's guidance. It's printed there for a reason !
 

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Don't think for yourself (no need) - follow the manufacturer's guidance. It's printed there for a reason !
It's completely wrong. Has been for decades. Knowledgeable people know this.

Do you think that same wording, that's been around for decades, applies to plasma-arc welded cylinder liners just like it does for sleeved aluminum blocks, or cast-iron blocks?

Surely, you must be joking.

Critical thinking, and all that.
 
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It's completely wrong. Has been for decades. Knowledgeable people know this.

Do you think that same wording, that's been around for decades, applies to plasma-arc welded cylinder liners just like it does for sleeved aluminum blocks, or cast-iron blocks?

Surely, you must be joking.

Critical thinking, and all that.
What like the knowledgeable people who design and build engines at Ford !

If you want to be taken seriously don't post silly comments about 'It'll burn oil if you don't beat it up' when quite clearly there are plenty of cars that have been treated as Ford suggest and don't burn oil. Sweeping statements like that just undermine the knowledge you profess to have. I've always run in my engines as per Ford guidance (more than a dozen new Ford cars over the years) and none have ever gone on to burn oil, some some having covered very high mileages too.

The reality is modern engines are built to much better tolerances than old engines and will take a lot more abuse without failure. Just because they will tolerate abuse doesn't mean you have to abuse them.
 

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