Quite strange .....
While our riding in my 1999 Ferrari 456 MGTA this past Saturday, my wife and I were enjoying the company of another couple. After encountering a sharp - but expectable - bump in the road, I found the handling of the car a little strange.
I understand that the V-12 of the GTA is quite powerful, but I did not expect to be able to "kick out" the rear end with 750 pounds of people in the car, and at part throttle.
Stopping at a nearby restaurant - our original destination - I found the rear of the car (and the tyres) slathered with a red fluid. The rear of the car was sitting quite low, and the power steering reservoir was empty.
It would seem that I had oiled down the rear tyre (s), and so the handling became unexpected, if not downright unsafe.
After buying and expelling 6 qts. of Castrol Mercon V to get the car home, I jacked up the car in my garage today.
Here's what I found: (Please pardon the sideways photo's)
1) In the first photo, you can see that the alloy shock absorber body, below the spring, has SPLIT OPEN. It maybe possible to see the remains of a "red fluid" here and there.
2) In the middle photo, with the area cleaned up a little, the split may be seen a little better.
3) In the final close up picture, the split can be plainly seen. Actual measurements are about 35mm top to bottom, and 2-3mm at the widest.
It looks like I may have to replace the shock.
It bothers me to see this failure mode, since I have never seen this on a street driven car. I am wondering if I replace the shock, (at maybe $1,000 each) that this will happen again, because of an outside cause, like a bad pressure regulator, or a bad accumulator - or two.
Anybody see this on their car ?
Or a customer's car?
What is Borat to do ?
Last edited by tz 750; 02-08-2010 at 06:29 PM.