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It can be said that for the most part all current automobile engines, their power trains and other mechanical components go through a three stage life and lifetime.
When brand new off the manufacture’s assembly line and off the dealer’s auto lot or showroom floor they are subject to what might be called a very high wear rate as parts mesh and work with other. New cars have to “broken in”. Breaking was a term to describe how in new machinery as the new auto and motor components initially mesh with each other in the new car stage of automobile use that metal is shaved off between the parts and components until the parts themselves find and work to satisfactory integration and satisfactory complementary mating surfaces.
True in newer cars and trucks this initial stage is a lot shorter than it used to be.
With modern automated automobile manufacturing processes and procedures tolerances and quality levels are held too much higher levels and standards than used to be the case during the 60’s an era of auto makers “planned obsolescence" However once the parts have meshed properly , a zone of minimum mechanical friction is said to have been established. Next the mechanism or components whether they be an engine ,transmission or differential goes through a long time period as well as many miles or kilometers where measurable component wear is almost nil and virtually non existent. You and your vehicle are riding pretty and virtually trouble free.
However as all motorists , or at least those in the real world of automobile purchases and ownership with time payment plans know you can bet at some point in time / mileage or both the auto repair cycle raises its ugly head or heads.
Hence it behooves all automobile owners and drivers to take the time to read their auto owner’s manual carefully, to follow auto and truck manufacturer’s break in and service instructions and to baby their vehicles as much as possible.
Lastly one might be reminded of the well torn joke of salesmen on the road who lucky enough to enjoy the benefit of a paid for and provided company car. That joke was that company cars were the only ones that you never had to change the engine oil – ever. Woe beholds though the poor driver who purchased such a vehicle as used car on a car or truck lot.