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Before Summer!

Before Summer!

How is your car doing?

It's easy to get sick when the seasons change, so please take care of your health.
Yes, let's take care of our cars and motorcycles too.
With the weather getting warmer, is your radiator fan spinning a lot?

Even if the coolant is changed at the time of vehicle inspection, if the radiator core* is covered with debris or dead insects, the air cannot escape through the gaps in the radiator core and overheating may occur.

* This is the radiator core.

radiator core

If you feel that your fan is spinning a lot recently, there is no doubt.
The cooling effect is reduced. You had better wash the radiator core with a high pressure washer or a soft brush.

If you think, " I don't care yet," it may be too late.
The signs of overheating are hard to see during the rainy season because it is wet with rain, so overheating may occur in mid-summer after the rainy season.

Especially for motorcycles, the radiator is located right behind the front wheel, so sand particles bouncing up from the front wheel can also get caught in the radiator.

It's time to start taking precautions against the heat!

~AdPower engineer staff~

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Warming up to drive your car for a long time 2 〜Driving break-in second hands car〜

Warming up to drive your car for a long time 2 〜Driving break-in second hands car〜

In the previous bog, I introduced "How to drive break-in a new car".

Following the new car, it is "Engine break-in second hands car edition"!


1. Review about "break-in"

Before introducing the break-in of second hands cars, I would like to review the "break-in".

Break-in is "one of the warm-ups for driving your car for a long time".

Just as we do preparatory exercises to avoid injury and to do our best before we exercise, cars need preparatory exercises.

Check the following blog for "break-in of new car".


2. Break-in driving method course [second hands car]

There is almost no problem with automobiles regardless of whether they are automatic or manual engine, and all oil changes and air cleaner changes are OK.

If you have done the above exchange at the time of delivery, you do not have to do anything

Check the following note for "oil change".

The problem is the motorcycle.

Unlike cars, motorcycles are quite delicate.

"Carbon" and "sludge (dust)" may have accumulated inside the engine, causing it to malfunction.

At this time, change the oil, air cleaner, and spark plug to keep the engine hot at high rpm. Then, it is emptied to blow off the carbon in the combustion chamber.

The inside of the engine will be cleaned by the cleaning effect of the oil.

After that, if you change the oil early, you will feel better.

If that doesn't work, use an "injection cleaner" or "cab cleaner".


>>Word explanation

・ Oil change

"Engine oil" has a role of lubrication and cooling in the engine. Oil change is one of the essential maintenances to make the engine longer life.

・ Air cleaner replacement

An "air cleaner (air filter)" that filters the air taken into the engine. If the air is dirty, it will not burn well or soot will come out.

・ Spark plug replacement

A "spark plug" that plays the role of ignition necessary for the engine to run. Deterioration of spark plugs affects combustion, acceleration, engine start, etc.

・ Injection cleaner

A cleaner exclusively for "injectors" that supplies fuel such as gasoline into the engine.

・ Carburetor cleaner

A cleaner exclusively for "carburetors" that appropriately provides a mixture of fuel and air according to different driving conditions while controlling it.


3. Summary

We introduced "engine break-in" twice, last time and this time.

It's been a long time, but this completes the warm-up for the engine!


~ADPOWER Engineer Staff~

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Warming up to drive your car for a long time 1 〜Driving break-in new car〜

Warming up to drive your car for a long time 1 〜Driving break-in new car〜


How is everyone? How are your cars?

I would like to write about "Engine break-in new car edition"


1. What is "break-in"?

"What is break-in?" "Why is break-in necessary?"

At first, I had such a question, but I did maintenance as told by my seniors and dealers. However, after I started to use the engine myself, I started to run in my own way.


Break-in is "one of the warm-ups for a long life". You can't do your best without preparatory exercise, so you need to do preparatory exercise for your car so that you can drive it for a long time.

I think there are various ways of thinking, but I would like to introduce my method. Please refer to it.


2. Break-in driving method course [automatic engine]

I often drive on normal roads rather than on highways, and in the case of me, who uses an automatic engine as my car, I do not start or accelerate suddenly. So, since we do not drive with the engine speed in mind, we do not run in.

Today's automobiles are different from 30-40 years’ ago in terms of engine material and manufacturing accuracy.

In the old days, the manufacturing accuracy was low and there were variations depending on the engine, so it was called "lucky engine" or "unlucky engine".

Therefore, by running in, the engine was in good condition and could be used for a long time.

The running-in operation was to pick up the sliding parts inside the engine at a speed that does not put a burden on the engine, that is, to rub the rough surfaces against each other and polish the surface.

So, if you just drive on a normal road with an automatic engine, you don't need to run in. Instead, do a second oil change early. As a guide, we recommend the timing when you have runabout 500km.

Check this  for oil change


3. Break-in method course [manual engine / motorcycle]

Even with a manual engine or motorcycle, if you never drive sports driving, you don't need to break-in.

However, when using it like sports driving, there are times when you drive by turning the engine speed to the rev limit (upper limit), so you need to break-in until the second oil change. In terms of distance, it is "about 300-500km". (By the way, if you want to drive sports driving with an automatic engine, you need to run in for "about 800 to 1,000km".)

Break-in is limited to 1/3 of the engine rev limit.

After the second oil change, the rotation will be increased to near the rev limit, but it will not be fully accelerated. Full acceleration will be after the third oil change.

When changing the oil of a manual car, the oil "diff oil" for the differential gear required when the car turns a curve and the "mission oil" that plays a role in preventing the wear of the jagged edges and lowering the temperature are also changed at the same time.


4. Summary

In order to take good care of your car for a long time, please run in even a new car as needed.

I don't know if my method is good or I'm lucky, but fortunately I haven't hit the engine, so please refer to it!

Next time is "Engine break-in used car edition".


~ADPOWER Engineer Staff~

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