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i have been reading online about the first oil change in new cars and many sites say how to change it between 500 miles to 1000 miles for the first time because of the metal shavings that collect in the oil during the break in. any ideas or comments anybody?
 

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Agreed, I changed mine at 800 and will do it again at 3000, then at 5000 mile intervals thereafter.

I believe the drain plug is magnetic, it looks just like the magnetic plug on my V10 Ram and Viper (I have a 4L). I saw no metal shavings on the drain plug. This surprised me. I've seen shavings on the first oil change in just about every new vehicle I have ever purchased.
 

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all the machined head and block parts are aluminum. Those shavings will collect in the oil filter. The magnetic drain plug will only pick up iron or steel shavings. Those parts are made and cleaned before assembly into the aluminum block.
I have had alot of new motor cycles and autos, there is always some junk in the first change. The stuff you see is so large that it can't get into places to cause problems. I have never had any problems with those engines.
 

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You know, that's a very interesting point you make. I did have ferrous shavings stuck to the drain plug from my Viper break-in, which is also an aluminum head/block motor, so I wonder what they were from?
 

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Honestly if you didn't abuse the vehicle while new you shouldn't have any issues with metal in your oil. Just start a good maintenance schedule and stick to it. Always be mindfull of changes in how it runs/sounds, any difference in performance make sure to have it checked out.
 

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Every new vechile I have owned I have always waited to change the oil the first time until it hits 3000, then every 3000 after that. Never had any problems. With the new vechiles and all the tech that is put in them I would not see any reason to change the oil at 500 miles. The engines are spotless when there a put together, and any shaving that do come will be collected by the oil filter, thats what it is there for.
 

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Hmmm. I went to the dealership to get an oil change on my R/T at 1200 miles and the SA looked at me like I was crazy. He said I still had at least another 1500 -2000 miles until the first oil change. I mentioned that I was told to get the first oil change at 500, 1000 or 1200 in order to get rid of the metal shavings etc...

He told me that all Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep engines are "water tested before leaving the factory". Therefore, there was no need to get the oil changed so early.

Make sense???.....I guess.
 
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