1 9 7 7, VOLVO, 242 244 245, STARTING AND DRIVING A new car should be broken in

1977 Volvo 242 244 245
1 9 7 7  
242, 244, 245 
pg. 31 Break in period 
A new car should be broken in!
Manual transmission 
During the break-in period do not exceed the following speeds: 
First 600 miles (1,000 km)  
1st gear 20 mph (30 km/h)  
2nd gear 35 mph (55 km/h)  
3rd gear 50 mph (80 km/h)  
4th gear 70 mph (110 km/h) 
Do not use overdrive below 45 mph. 
600-1,200 miles (1,000-2,000 km)  
1st gear 20 mph(35 km/h)  
2nd gear 40 mph (65 km/h)  
3rd gear 60 mph (100 km/h)  
4th gear 80 mph (130 km/h) 
Avoid driving at low speed in high gear. Do not use "kick-down" when driving a car equipped with an 
automatic transmission during the first 1,200 miles. 
Service Inspection 
To ensure proper operation the car should be taken to a Volvo dealer after the first 600 miles for a 
service inspection. The oil in the engine, transmission and rear axle will then be changed. This is very 
important since the oil rapidly collects impurities during the break in period.  
Every Volvo engine is test driven prior to delivery. Volvo is therefore assured that all clearances are 
satisfactory and thus accepts no responsibility for damage caused by careless or harsh driving 
during the break-in period.  
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