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Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Hoseman
Hi All
I recently posted about having a ruptured Achilles Tendon and the problems I have had since.
I am taking delivery of a new Nissan Note Auto petrol vehicle on Tuesday
and I would appreciate any advice on Do's and Dont's of driving such a vehicle and also how do you control the revs for running in purposes.
I have decided to trade in my 05 X-Trail diesel due to the heavy clutch action and the strain it would put on my left leg.
Have any members of this board got any experience of this vehicle?

Hoseman
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Happy Blue!
No experience of a Nissan Note, but have experience in running in new cars and of driving petrol automatics.

Running In:- Vary the revs up and down the range, gradually increasing the maximum revs with the mileage - see the handbooks and HJ's FAQs. In order to control revs, use the gearbox manually, especially in slowing down (use engine braking) and get to use higher revs for running in by keeping in a lower gear.

Normal driving: - Unless otherwise stated, at traffic lights, put the handbrake on and take car out of drive and into neutral. to save the retinas of the people behind.

Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - craig-pd130
Agree with above, do NOT baby it from new, give it some work to do, half- to two-thirds throttle and up to 4000 / 4500 rpm will NOT hurt it and will help the piston rings seat properly.

Ideally you should give it a "burst" of this type of work for a minute or so in the first 10 miles.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - David Horn
Drive it normally and give it a good thrashing every so often.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - mk124
If I remember Number Cruncher said the best way to run-in some equipment is treat it as you would normally (can't remember the post). However as he said it may be diffrent for car engines. What NC said about treating equipment normally made intuitive sense, however why should we doubt what the manufacurers say in their handbooks?
Running-in imposes a cost to the owner of the car in reduced performance plus if anything goes wrong with your engine within 3 years the manufactuer takes the hit, if your engine goes wrong after the warrantee period (usually 3 years) then they suffer a loss of reputation. Given this why would the manufactuers specify a running in period if they did not belive it was benifical to the engine?
To the OP, the rule is just to be gentel. Not knowing the characterisics of the auto box your using it may be sensible to use it manually to control the revs better.

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Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Number_Cruncher
You've got a good memory mk!

The point I was making was that running in is really the last stage in the machining processes used to make the engine - tiny fragments of metal are worn away to give the best running fit - and for the piston ring/bore hopefully also the best running seal - between running parts. If you could take precise measurements of engine components under differing operating conditions, you would find things move about, both under different loadings, and under different temperature conditions.

For example, in rough terms, the co-efficient of thermal expansion of the engine block is probably somewhere in the region of 10 microns per metre per degree. Taking a typical 100mm bore from 0C to 100C then will give a change in the bore size of 100 microns, or 0.1mm or 4 thou.

Further to just the size of things changing, the shape will also change - a bore which is round when the engine is cold may become oval when different parts of the engine around it are loaded and are at different temperatures.

So, my suggestion was that if you intend to use you car to make lots of motorway trips at, say, 70mph, then an appropriate way to run your engine in is at 70 on the motorway.

As ever, what your manual says must take priority.

Number_Cruncher
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - umistim
I cannot agree with Espada concerning putting an auto transmission into neutral at traffic lights.
Certainly put on the parking brake or handbrake to avoid leaving your brake lights on when stationary.
However on most autos putting it into neutral means moving the selection lever through reverse, which means that the chap behind you will certainly have his pulse rate increase when your reverse lights come on as you go through the gate to select drive when moving of.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - GregSwain
I cannot agree with Espada concerning putting an auto transmission into
neutral at traffic lights.

Neither can I, the whole point of an auto is you don't touch the gear selector unless you're parking, or going backwards. Pull the handbrake on if you must, but most drivers of manual cars seem to sit with their foot on the brake at traffic lights as well, and I've never found brake-lights to be dazzling, even though most of my driving is at night (maybe I'm too young for the cataracts to have started forming...)
However on most autos putting it into neutral means moving the
selection lever through reverse

No, neutral is between Reverse and Drive on every auto I've ever driven. It's only putting it in Park that'll flash the reverse lights.....and that shouldn't be done unless you're parking. Autoboxes were meant to be idiot-proof, but it obviously hasn't worked - if you're parking select P, if you're reversing select R, if you're driving select D. If you're going down a hill and can smell your brake pads burning, select 2 or even 1. Simple.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - David Horn
umistim: what auto do you drive? All the ones I've driven run P-R-N-D-3-2-1. Swapping between D and N is simply a matter of nudging the stick forwards, whereas to get it into P or R you have to push a switch.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Happy Blue!
While auto-boxes are idiotproof they also make for exciting driving if you have a tiptronic 5sp box as I do. So messing around by dropping from D to N is hardly a great effort and saves my bulbs and the eyes of the driver behind me.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Murphy The Cat
saves my bulbs and the eyes of the
driver behind me.


Bunkum.

If the drivers eyes are so affected by brakelights, they shouldn't be driving.


MTC
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Westpig
for advanced drivers it's considered good practice to put the handbrake on ........another advantage is, at night, consideration of the driver behind as you don't leave the brighter lights on if you release your foot from the brake pedal.

if your handbrake is working properly you shouldn't need to change to neutral either
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Dynamic Dave
if your handbrake is working properly you shouldn't need to change to neutral either


As my gearbox drops itself into neutral if the footbrake is applied for more than 2 seconds there is no need to either change to neutral or apply the handbrake. Tough if those behind me get upset with my brakelights - they shouldn't be looking directly into them in the first place. Perhaps these same people look directly into the sun and also complain it's too bright as well !
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Chris M
DD - Does the same thinking apply to drivers behind with main beam on? If you don't look at your mirrors you won't be blinded.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Dynamic Dave
DD - Does the same thinking apply to drivers behind with main beam on? If you don't look at your mirrors you won't be blinded.


Given that the mirrors are set to be in contact with your eyes you have little choice but to be dazzled by main beam headlights from behind, but at least with brakelights on in front of you, you can avert your eyes away from them by simply not looking directly at them.

if brake lights are that much of a problem, how do people cope when someone in front brakes and takes a few seconds to come to a stop? Do they run into the back of the car, or swerve into oncoming traffic because they have been blinded by the car in front? If those few seconds haven't blinded you, what difference does a few more seconds make when the car in front of you is stationary?
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Chips with everything
Perhaps it's less of a problem when the car in front is braking because we are occupied with slowing down ourselves?

Sitting at a set of traffic lights, waiting for the car in front to start moving however requires very little concentration by comparison, so it's more of a problem to those with more sensitive retinas.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Dulwich Estate
Until now I had been working on the firm belief that Backroomers represented that small proportion of folk known as......intelligent and considerate to others. I am totally shocked and may never return here. What a bunch of selfish bunch of I'm alright Jacks.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - ForumNeedsModerating
A small point about autos vis-a-vis the in neutral when stationary debate -
many (newer) autos won't let you shift from neutral-drive without applying the footbrake
so you end up 'flashing ' the driver behind when you move off If you go neutral-handbrake when stopped,
rather than maintaining footbrake-drive & giving a constant brake light.

What's best/worst? I prefer to get the 'signal' from the driver in front - when his/her brake lights
go off, I prepare to move also - all the time observing of course!

Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - tr7v8
Until now I had been working on the firm belief that
Backroomers represented that small proportion of folk known as......intelligent and considerate
to others. I am totally shocked and may never return here.
What a bunch of selfish bunch of I'm alright Jacks.

Quite agree can't believe how pig ignorant some people are, the record is 20 minutes on the M25 stationary stuck behind someone with their foot on the brake! Too much effort for some obviously!
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - PeterRed
If the drivers eyes are so affected by brakelights, they shouldn't
be driving.


Maybe the fact that you aren't affected means that you haven't got very effective eyesight. Perhaps you should get an eyetest.

I raised a thread recently about the discomfort caused to me by a Mercedes S-class with LED brake lights. The driver was using the brake pedal as a foot rest in traffic. I'm not sure how many watts of light those things put out but it definitely seemed like having a main beam shone in the eyes. I await the sarcastic comments to follow but would repeat my point above.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - David Horn
I tend to stick the handbrake on if I know I'm going to be waiting, although I can't say I've ever been dazzled by brake lights.

However, to HannahnTilly, being dazzled by medium/bright light is usually an early symptom of cataracts, so it might be worth getting an eye check as you pointed out to the others. ;-)
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Vin {P}
To everyone who says "people shouldn't be bothered by high-level brake lights, so I won't bother," why are you not prepared to accept that someone else might have a different opinion from you? What will it cost you to adhere to what you were taught when you learned to drive?

I suspect it's just a symptom of the rudeness that pervades so much of modern life.

V
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - mk124
For the people who don't think it is wrong to keep their foot on the brake - It may make sense to you, since you are not bothered about it. However there seems to be a lot of people (myself included) that finds the kind of behavour disccused as inconsiderate. Therefore I think we can conclude that it is inconsiderate behavour, even if the person behaving that the way disccused has no stong feelings about it.
I have to say I only keep my foot on the brake if I think I will be moving in the next 5 seconds or if I want to annoy the person behind me.

Now shall we get back on topic? A debate about handbrakes is not what the OP was after.

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Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Blue {P}
If I want to annoy the person behind me I wash my windscreen, let them take a blast from the screen and headlampp jets, wait for them to switch their wipers off, and then wash it again. :-)

Only do it when I'm been tailgated, which, to be fair, is pretty rare nowadays. ;-)

Blue
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - tr7v8
I tend to stick the handbrake on if I know I'm
going to be waiting, although I can't say I've ever been
dazzled by brake lights.
However, to HannahnTilly, being dazzled by medium/bright light is usually an
early symptom of cataracts, so it might be worth getting an
eye check as you pointed out to the others. ;-)


Yup just had mine checked last week, very throughly because Cataracts & Glaucoma are family traits!
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Murphy The Cat
I hope that the people who post 'brake lights are inconsiderate if lft on' etc etc never travel to America on holiday as they will find entire rows of traffic with the brakelights on as EVERY SINGLE DRIVER waits at the lights for the signal to change, with their foot on the brake.

Get over it people, its such a non-issue that I'm honestly gobsmacked that so many people would get their knickers in a twist over it.
MTC
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - henry k
I hope that the people who post 'brake lights are inconsiderate if left on' etc etc never travel to America

>>...as they will find entire rows of traffic with the brakelights on as EVERY SINGLE DRIVER waits at the lights for the signal to change, with their foot on the brake.

And there is also the need to identify the red turn indicators mixed in with the brake lights.

There are thousands of new cars in my area with LED lights and they generally do not bother me but on one occasion I was certainly forced to shield by eyes from IIRC a MB.
It may have just been the angle I was viewing from.

No twisted knickers here but I do accept that some peoples eyes are affected.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Westpig
what on earth is wrong with being polite and reasonable towards your fellow human beings.....and if taking your size 9's off the left hand pedal of an auto means you're being considerate....WHY NOT DO IT.

it's the same as turning your headlamps down to side lights when you're parked at the side of the road or in a car park........or turning main beam down to dipped when you see a walker coming towards you ..... etc, etc

some people don't even think or know to do it ....and some do know but can't be bothered, because they're too selfish
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Murphy The Cat
what on earth is wrong with being polite and reasonable towards
your fellow human beings.....and if taking your size 9's off the
left hand pedal of an auto means you're being considerate....WHY NOT
DO IT.

perhaps because I think that it is completely pointless and unnecessary !

Until I read the people getting their knickers in a twist on here, I didn't even realise that it was a problem (to some people)
MTC
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Happy Blue!
I can't quite believe what I have started and neither can I believe people's reaction to what I and several others consider to be polite useage of the brake pedal. Modern brake lights with high intensity LEDs or even just high positioned lights are a pain and I try not to cause offence to others if I would take offence myself.

Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Murphy The Cat
In 23 years of driving I have not had brake lights cause me any offence once.

Perhaps I should join the growing army of people who go out of their way to be offended by others.


MTC
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - billy25
In my Honda Auto's handbook, it says to select "neutral" if stationary for periods of 30secs or longer. when i do select "n" there is a slight but distinct change in the engine note, so there is definitely some force being unloaded somewhere from the drive, which may cause unneccasary wear if prolonged by holding on the brake whilst still in drive?
The car also doesn't "creep" when either cold or warm on level ground, whilst idleing in "D".

billy
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - mk124
Getting back to the thread a little, I think the O.P needs to run himself in when it comes to automatics(not casting any dispersions on your driving, just noting you are moving from manual to auto). Driving that can be considered most inconsiderate both mechanically and socially can happen when someone goes from a manual to an automatic.
On my first journey in an automatic I tried to dip the clutch, que me making an ass out of myself by performing an emergency stop. luckly noone was behind me or that would have been a horrendus peice of inconsiderate driving!
One frequent problem that people face is forgetting which pedal in an auto does what and there are stories of people hitting the acelerator when they wanted to brake.
Not being familiar using an auto and the subsequent abuse of the car and other people on the road are prehapps biger problems than auto drivers not using handbrake/footbrake correctly, plus a lot of manual drivers use the footbrake as a foot rest in my experience.

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Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - henry k
Getting back to the thread a little,

I agree
I think the O.P needs to run himself in when it comes to automatics...
On my first journey in an automatic I tried to dip the clutch....

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My daughters first comment when driving an auto was " it doesn't stop!"
Obviously not quite true but what she was trying to say - There is little or no engine braking when you just leave it in D.

So just be aware of this and expect to use the brakes an awful lot more than a manual.
If you do need engine braking for comfort or safety ( like decending steep hills) then its out of drive and select a lower gear.

Obviously, in the future you may need pad replacements more frequently than a manual.
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Hoseman
Hi Folks
Many thanks for all your comments,little did I know of the amount of controversy that my request for information would cause.
I too get annoyed to sit behind an inconsiderate driver with their foot anchored to the brake pedal during a holdup in traffic.
I've been driving my Note for two days now and i am absolutely delighted with the vehicle and the automatic transmission. I soon found out that I use the brake pedal more than I used to on my manual X-Trail,however when I need to slow down I slip into second gear and then into neutral if I need to stop and use the hand brake.
I am wearing a large Moon Boot and fortunately there is plenty of room to keep my foot away from the controls and I think I've taken to driving an Automatic like a duck to water.
Once again many thanks for all your comments.

Hoseman
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Murphy The Cat
>I
soon found out that I use the brake pedal more than
I used to on my manual X-Trail,however when I need to
slow down I slip into second gear and then into neutral
if I need to stop and use the hand brake.


Hoseman, you will find that you use the brakes a lot more because you've lost nearly all of your engine braking - but on the plus side, you can l;et your momentum take you when you are coasting down to (say) traffic lights.

Regarding the use of your engine/gearbox for braking. Over in Americaland (where nearly everything is automatic) they subscribe to the theory that brakes are for slowing you down and gears / engines are for making yo go faster. Brake pads/discs are cheap whereas engines/gearboxes are expensive - I'm not saying that one way is definitely right and one way is definitely wrong -- but i wouldn't use my engine/gearbox for braking in an automatic, unless there was something wrong with the brakes.

But each to their own.

Enjoy the autobox - I'll wager you a virtual 1p taht you don't go back to a manual again.


MTC
Running in an Auto Petrol Engine Car - Hoseman
Hi Murphy
You are dead right, I don't think that I'll be driving another manual change car again.
I take your point about using the gearbox instead of the brakes as the cost of replacement parts for the brakes will be a lot cheaper than transmission parts.
I'll revert to using the brakes and the hand brake when stationery

Cheers Hoseman
 

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