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Unread 06-25-2015, 05:41 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, my name's Rodrigo, I live in Texas, 17, and a big time car enthusiast! I know a lot about a lot of cars performance wise, I know a bit of mechanics too, only small stuff such as oil changes and all that, and I have one question. I have an automatic 1998 dodge stratus with 163k miles. Now my dad always said to not let it go over 2,500 rpm, and of course that means I accelerate very slowly. Now, my cousins husband has a manual 04 hind a civic coupe and he shifts at 5k rpm! He also has an automatic Honda mini van and let's it go to as much as 4,500 rpm. Now here is my question, is it ok if I let my car (the dodge stratus) up to 3k- 3,500 rpm? Or should I keep it at 2,500 rpm. Thanks for the help!

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While casual driving, I stick to revving below 3k. Unless I'm in first, I rev a little bit higher. Lower revs, better gas mileage, easier on the engine.
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Thank you for responding! Ok so if I do change gears from 2nd on at 3k rpm it won't mess up my enigma? And if I am like at a stop light and accelerate, until when should I go into second without causing my engine to mess up? Thanks

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Ignore your dad. Revving is not bad for engines. Doing it constantly is. It's good for an engine to rev all the way up once in a while. I do it pretty frequently and I think you'll find any enthusiast does.

It will, however, completely destroy your fuel economy.
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Thanks for the reply and welcome! I'm not really worried about the fuel economy, I'm just worried that the engine will get messed up, it's a 17 year old car with 160k miles so I just want it to last a bit, I'm getting rid of it soon and getting an eclipse but while that happens I just want to make sure it lasts, but I asked this because it gets pretty annoying going to only 2,500 rpm in traffic, Everyone pushes you and gives you the evil eye. So if I shift 3k-3,500 rpm my engine won't fail or anything bad like that? I replace the spark plugs every 6 months and do things like that so I just want to know if it'll mess up something like my Pistons or crankshaft

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I really don't think a couple of revvs near 4-5k will destroy your engine. I do rev up to 6k when I am feeling it. It sounds really good on my car. Just don't make a habit of it.
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Yea I don't think I need to go as high as that, I just need like 3k- 3,500 rpm when I'm in traffic, you know, just to accelerate from a stop light without making everyone else wait behind me. If I'm going to the freeway MAYBE I would go 3,500 rpm, but I would never go over 3,500 rpm, I don't think I would be going over 3k rpm much, just to 3k rpm

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What you're describing is totally fine. Your father is probably less worried about hurting the car than he is about you and exuberant driving.
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Yup. There's zero chance you'll hurt the car by running it up to five grand, let alone 3500 once in a while. I rarely shift my 4 cylinder below 3500 to be honest my redline is 6500

Hell, I usually ran my truck to 3000-3500 and it only redlined at 5k.
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Thanks a lot for the replies, I really appreciate the help! My cars redline is at 7K, so I guess from now on I'll rev it up to 3k, rarely 3,500 but if I feel like I need to I will, thanks a lo for the help!

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