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post #1 of 13 Old 09-28-2009, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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355 F1 Check Engine indicator light stay on.

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I will really appreciate a little input on service for my 1999 355 F1. I got 21k miles on it, I am not a racer and bought it in November last year from a Ferrari dealer in California. The car is well serviced in California but recently I turned the air conditioning and it work fine but my "Check Engine" light came on. I checked all my fluids and they are fine. There is no difference in the noise or performance. Does anyone have had similar experience. I do not think I need to get my 30k service yet. The car has 3 years since the last major service and less than 6000 miles since then. Any suggestions? Thank you.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-28-2009, 12:01 PM
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these cars are equipped with an ODBC II, IIRC, connector. Take it to a shop and hook up the computer and read the codes, etc. It is the starting point. ANY rep. Ferrari dealership or such can do this. Boardwalk in TX, who just bought FofSF, has a very good set of mechs on site.

PS: As a side note: I do not believe your A/C has much if anything to do with this check engine light. Typically if it's orange vs red it can be rested and run. IF RED turn off engine and have it towed to dealership.

Which lights are showing on the dash?

As a side note: belts should be changed in time OR miles. The latter hardly every apply as most never see the 30k, even, over 20 years. The factor then becomes TIME. 3 years, OR 30k miles. You are about due, but don't believe that's the problem, however, IMO, playing with a potential time bomb.

IF orange too, it may only mean a rich mix and/or the CATs are getting too hot: Well known problem.

Also, IF the 355 is on original set of exhaust manifolds, then you might want to truly have this checked out, soon.

IF RED, once again, get to shop.

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Thanks Granucci for your kind reply. You mentioned FofSF and exactly there is where I got it. Alessandro is a very nice guy from Maranello (Italia) and I have complete trust in the guy. I believe I made a good purchase and that this is something minor. It is not RED, just orange. I am familiar with Boardwalk here in Plano and I will take it there as you suggested. I do not know anyone here in town other than them that will service the c ar. I live in Arlington, Texas (mid-cities) and someone told me about a shop here that work on them but I am not very sure about the reliability or experience. I am NOT a hard driver and I do not race the car but I really love the feeling of driving it and I take very good care of it. The car is in top condition and all the service is been done as specified. I think that your suggestion of having the shop make a reading is the way to go and I really appreciate your input and time in answering. I read a lot about your responses to other members and I am sure you are a very good source of knowledge and experience. BTW the light I am talking about is right in the middle right by the steering post and it is kind of yellow.

Thanks again,

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I am not overly familiar with F1/355 lights, but in general I am not far off: Others here can do better.

Only one light, in middle of post? not a specific bank? well, Boardwalk can sort it and as a side note, Alessandro was retained under the new Boardwalk mgt at FofSF. I liked him also as all the rest.

let us know how this sorts out.

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There could be any number of reasons for this. At the moment, my 550 is driving with the computer of another 550 as it was also showing a CHECK ENGINE light, and it seems the computer is just confused. Swapping the computer fixed the issue and my specialist found this out by checking the OBDII codes: they were inconsistent and didn't make sense, leading to the conclusion of a software issue rather than mechanical.

So - have the computer hooked up to the Ferrari software as Rik suggested and take it from there.

But don't ignore it: it is quite possible there is a serious fault here and if so, continuing driving could damage the engine.


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+1, you do need to get it sorted as it could lead to engine damage. However there could be a range of causes from a loose sensor on the cats, cracked manifold, bad spark plug, or just a false alarm.

On the later, try killing the battery, let it sit for 10 minutes, then turn the battery back on, start the car and let idle on flat ground for 10 minutes. Then take it for a short drive and see f the check engine light comes back on.
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check engine light

the only time mine comes on is if the oil is low , make sure its up to temperature first then check , otherwise you might overfill

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the only time mine comes on is if the oil is low , make sure its up to temperature first then check , otherwise you might overfill

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+1 on checking the oil. I have noticed that you will get different oil level readings if you let it sit for even a minute after turning off the engine. Needs to be done almost immediately after switching off the ignition.
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+1, you do need to get it sorted as it could lead to engine damage. However there could be a range of causes from a loose sensor on the cats, cracked manifold, bad spark plug, or just a false alarm.

On the later, try killing the battery, let it sit for 10 minutes, then turn the battery back on, start the car and let idle on flat ground for 10 minutes. Then take it for a short drive and see f the check engine light comes back on.

Thanks Boxer. I will try that. Rick mentioned about the CAT getting hot and I left the car in the garage for a couple of days before turning the engine back on again. I noticed that that light will stay on since the beginning and then kind of flikers on and off. I definitly will take it to the shop for a check. Thank you for your help.
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the only time mine comes on is if the oil is low , make sure its up to temperature first then check , otherwise you might overfill

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I did the oil check by the manual instructions, turning the engine first before checking on the oil. It was close to the bottom line so I just added a little more and now it is at the middle between both lines. Still the light is on since I started the engine but noticed that while I was driving it kind of flickers on and off but stay on. most of the time. I may have to take it to the shop just to make sure. Thanks for your help. BTW I like that that black one of yours!.
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+1 on checking the oil. I have noticed that you will get different oil level readings if you let it sit for even a minute after turning off the engine. Needs to be done almost immediately after switching off the ignition.
You right about that. I did it several times as per manual instructions and it was different every time. Will try it again today with someone checking it for me immediately after engine is turned off. Thanks.
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Thanks Boxer. I will try that. Rick mentioned about the CAT getting hot and I left the car in the garage for a couple of days before turning the engine back on again. I noticed that that light will stay on since the beginning and then kind of flikers on and off. I definitly will take it to the shop for a check. Thank you for your help.
Definetly worth taking it in for a quick look. It is either a fault or the cats overheating that would have set it off in the first place. At a minimum, you probably need the dealer to clear the memory if it is a false warning.
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Finally got the light off

I drove my 355 for two years with a piece of velcro covering the check engine light. Everything the computer said was wrong with the car, my mechanic fixed, but the light stayed on. Finally, during its engine out service this year, my mechanic noticed that the camshaft timing was a little off. He adjusted it...and the light went out. It hasn't come back on since, and it passed the California smog test with flying colors. So, if all else fails, check your camshaft timing.
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