Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,859
First thing I would do would be to change the F1 fluid, bleed and run a self-test and see if that fixes her. Better than a $17K actuator.
F1 fluid should be changed every three years, but Ferrari did not figure that out until the 599, when it finally showed up in the maintenance schedule. Just like old coolant causes problems, the same for old F1 fluid.
Josh- Serkan was in Turkey doing F1 actuator rebuilds for Europeans for quite a while with great results before moving to Florida and GTE Engineering. Those who have used his rebuilt actuators have been very positive on them. An actuator is a fairly simple hydraulic system not unlike those used in farm implements. Rebuilding is mainly just having the correct suppy of parts and thoroughly cleaning all the passages. E-Bay is free publicity for him, I guess.
Question on the 575 and 612 actuator: Do you have to remove the actuator to bleed like you do on the 360 and F430 or can it be done in place since there is more room? I bought my techs one of the centering tools for the actuator on my 575M (or a pre-OTO 612) and it works while the actuator is installed, unlike the one for the V8s, so it looked like everything could be done while still in place.
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Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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