Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,881
Sam- Welcome to Ferrari Life. In general when the F1 system starts selecting neutral on its own, the clutch is on the way out. You should take it to someone with an SD2 or SD3 and have them bleed the system and reset point of initial slippage (PIS). They should also be able to give you an estimate of clutch life remaining. This may bandaid the problem for a while or show if there is another fault, but if I were you I would start saving for a new clutch.
Unfortunately, this in one of those cases where the car could end up stranding you by refusing to go into or out of gear at all. On a three pedal Modena, clutch wear is obvious because pedal effort gets very heavy as the linkage goes over-center towards the end of clutch life. On F1 cars this is masked by the 8-900 psi of hydraulic pressure operating the shift rods. Eventually the clutch wears to to point the system cannot make shifts and its fail-safe is to select neutral. Once the clutch reaches the point where neutral cannot be selected, you could be left with a car stuck in gear and no way to get it out of gear. Happened to a friend's 575M, which shares many components with the 360 F1 system. Left him in the middle of an intersection in gear with no way to push the car.
So get it checked out and maybe you will get lucky. At the very least, it will prevent you from being stranded.
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