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First Service - 1st Service - Running-in Service

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Hi Guys,

Please forgive the repetitive title - I am trying to make this easy for others to find via search as I could not locate a similar thread.

I asked Lotus customer service team to advise on mileage for 1st service.  I asked what is the preferred number of miles completed before the first service and what is the minimum number of miles you should complete before a first service.

The answer...

"Our recommendation is after 500 miles the Oil and Filter is changed.   Factory fill is semi-synthetic oil and when having the running in service this should be replaced by fully synthetic oil, as per the owner’s manual we suggest this is done before a large number of miles are put onto the vehicle."

Just thought I'd share.

Cheers

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22 minutes ago, RoflOnMyWaffle said:

I thought it was 1000 miles? I could be wrong though

Me too. Hence my question to lotus and their reply “quoted” above. Hoping it’s helpful to folks. 

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I would think that most people will just follow what it says in the service book that comes with the car - 1000 - 1500 miles or 12 months since sale.

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I was told 500 miles minimum with 1000 miles +/- being the upper limit for the run in service, or 1 year from registration.  I had mine done at just over 900 and last week had the 1st year service at 8500. 

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20 minutes ago, Neal H said:

I would think that most people will just follow what it says in the service book that comes with the car - 1000 - 1500 miles or 12 months since sale.

I had my reasons... I have a road trip planned and will want to service before going. I won’t hit 1k miles before going without much effort so I wanted to know how early I can do it. 500 miles was the recommendation. 

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600 miles minimum I would say for first service, after that I would slowly push it on using common sense , I.e  not on the limiter in every gear.

common sense should prevail, don’t pussy over it , when your at 800 plus I’d start going for it.😎.

 

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Don’t forget, the reason for running a semi-synthetic oil is to encourage initial wear and fully bed the piston rings to the cylinders; this maximises compresion and engine power - and reduces blow-by gasses reaching the sump.  Changing the running-in oil too early, to a full synthetic, is detrimental to the engine.

The manual recomends 1k - 1.5k miles with max RPM being limited to 4K.

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10 minutes ago, LotusPilot said:

Don’t forget, the reason for running a semi-synthetic oil is to encourage initial wear and fully bed the piston rings to the cylinders; this maximises compresion and engine power - and reduces blow-by gasses reaching the sump.  Changing the running-in oil too early, to a full synthetic, is detrimental to the engine.

The manual recomends 1k - 1.5k miles with max RPM being limited to 4K.

Actually that’s not what the manual says... it’s very nuanced and also a little self contradictory. Have another look 👍

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