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Seat Ibiza: Running-in

Seat Ibiza Owners Manual

Running in a new engine

The engine needs to be run-in over the first 1,500 km.

Up to 1,000 kilometres

– Do not drive faster than three quarters of top speed. – Do not accelerate hard. – Avoid high engine revolutions. – Do not tow a trailer.

From 1000 to 1500 km

– Speeds can be gradually increased to the maximum road speed or maximum permissible engine speed (rpm). During its first few hours of running, the internal friction in the engine is greater than later on when all the moving parts have bedded in.

For the sake of the environment

If the engine is run in gently, the life of the engine will be increased and its oil consumption reduced.

Deep water (Cupra version)

The speed of the vehicle through puddles and passages of water must not exceed 25 km/h.

Running in tyres and brake pads

New tyres should be run-in carefully for the first 500 km. New brake pads should be run-in carefully for the first 200 km. During the first 200 km, you can compensate for the reduced braking effect by applying more pressure to the brake pedal. If you need to make an emergency stop, the braking distance will be longer with new brake pads than with brake pads which have been run-in.


• New tyres do not give maximum grip to start with, and require runningin. This may cause an accident. Drive particularly carefully in the first 500 km.

• New brake pads must be “run in” and do not have the correct friction properties during the first 200 km. However, the reduced braking capacity may be compensated by pressing on the brake pedal a little harder.

Braking effect and braking distance

The braking effect and braking distance are influenced by driving situations and road conditions. The efficiency of the brakes depends directly on the brake pad wear. The rate of wear of the brake pads depends to a great extent on the conditions under which the vehicle is operated and the way the vehicle is driven. If you often drive in town traffic, drive short distances or have a sporty driving style, we recommend that you have the thickness of your brake pads checked by an Authorised Service Centre more frequently than recommended in the Service Schedule. If you drive with wet brakes, for example, after crossing areas of water, in heavy rainfall or even after washing the car, the effect of the brakes is lessened as the brake discs are wet or even frozen (in winter): The brakes should be “dried” by pressing the pedal to restore full braking effect.


Longer braking distances and faults in the brake system increase the risk of accidents.

• New brake pads must be run in and do not have the correct friction during the first 200 km. However, the reduced braking capacity may be compensated by pressing on the brake pedal a little harder. This also applies when new brake pads are fitted.

• If brakes are wet or frozen, or if you are driving on roads which have been gritted with salt, braking power may set in later than normal.

• On steep descents if the brakes are excessively used they will over heat. Before driving down a long steep gradient, it is advisable to reduce speed and change to a lower gear (or move the selector lever to a lower gear if your vehicle has automatic transmission). This makes use of engine braking and relieves the brakes.

• Never let the brakes “rub” by applying light pressure. Continuous braking will cause the brakes to overheat and will increase the braking distance. Apply and then release the brakes alternately.

• Never let the vehicle coast with the engine switched off. The braking distance is increased considerably as the brake servo does not function.

• Very heavy use of the brakes may cause a vapour lock if the brake fluid is left in the system for too long. This impairs the braking effect.

• Non-standard or damaged front spoilers could restrict the airflow to the brakes and cause them to overheat. Observe the relevant instructions before purchasing accessories, “Modifications”.

• If a brake circuit fails, the braking distance will be increased considerably. Contact a qualified workshop immediately and avoid unnecessary journeys.

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