Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,859
Betty- Welcome to Ferrari Life. The F1 system's primary safety outlet is to select neutral for several indications of an F1 failure. This at least allows you to push the car to the side of the road and get it on a tow truck.
In general, though, the system gives plenty of warning, usually selecting neutral semi-randomly or giving an F1 fault light, when a problem exists. What this should tell the owner is to get to a technician while you can still drive it, because a problem exists. Ignore the warnings, and more costly things can happen. Things that will cause neutral to be selected or the F1 warngin light to illuminate can be a worn clutch, hydraulic lines that need to be bled, bad clutch position sensor, burned out F1 pump relay on early 360s and 575Ms, low F1 hydraulic fluid, etc.
Unfortunately, many owners ignore the first warning signs and just keep driving until the F1 system says enough and selects neutral permanently, as happened to Jerry. If Jerry could stand talking to the less than competent owner who stranded them, he would likely find the car had been strangely selecting neutral for quite a while, but it always fixed itself, so how big a problem could it be?
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Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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