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post #1 of 15 Old 03-08-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Warm-up Protocol

Newbie ?...Do you let your 360 warm up to 150 oil temp sitting at idle (takes 15-20 mins)...or do you drive it keeping RPM below 4,000 until oil temp up?
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-08-2012, 10:40 PM
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The correct way is to drive it below 3-3500rpm untill its warmed up, not warming up at idle

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There are different schools, here's mine : Start your engine and let it idle until the initial process of catalyzer heating is done (takes 1-2 min depending on the outside temperature, you can hear the change of engine rpm and noise when this stage is done). If when leaving home, you have to climb up immediately a hill (my case), let the engine warm up a bit longer (5/8 min). Just keep in mind that engine wear is always the highest when the engine is cold. A warm engine doesn't wear at all. As Jeroen wrote, keep the rpm below 3000 rpm until the engine is fully warmed up. Then, enjoy
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SG- I use the same technique Stef and Jeroen discussed. The owners manual says not to go over 4000 rpm until the oil reaches 157 F (third mark on oil temp gauge).

Hills are not a problem with a Maranello and 400+ lb-ft of torque, but Stef's consideration for the V8s is probably worthwhile. Except for the 458, which has almost as much torque as a Maranello (398 lb-ft).

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wow...3k rpm? Good grief, my car takes 15 minutes to get anywhere near up to oil temp...I have usually arrived wherever I'm going by then! I do keep it below 4k rpm, but 3k in a 360 (CS or not) is pretty tough given the torque these engines have (or have not in this case).
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AI- 3000-4000 works, shaded towards the lower number. If it takes that long to warm the oil, make sure the thermostat in the oil cooler is working. My V12 warms up quicker than that, even when it is cold.

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Just consider yourself lucky that you don't have a vintage V12 or a Boxer, where it can take more than half an hour to even see the oil temp get off the stop....

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post #8 of 15 Old 04-02-2012, 01:21 AM
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Thanks. Very useful info for another 360/Ferrari newbie like myself as not used to taking so many precautions.

With respect to my CS I noted yesterday that even when warm (and car driven fairly hard) the water and oil temp gauges were only ever between the 2nd and 3rd mark (3rd being 100 and 110 degrees respectively). I assume that is normal?
 
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It's normal When you're driving at a certain speed, plenty of fresh air goes into the engine bay and allows it too evacuate the heat. You'll notice that as soon as you'll be driving in the city or during hot summer days even at high speed, the oil temp gauge will be much higher. The highest I got was when driving hard uphill on a mountain road with quite limited speed.
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At 250km/h+, my 550's gauge doesn't even come off the stop, oil temp sitting at 40 deg C. So yes, I've also experienced what StefVan explains, at higher speeds the cooling is much more efficient.


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Onno- When I first picked up my Daytona and drove it from Houston, Texas to Clovis, NM, 750 mi/1207 kms, I at first thought the oil temperature gauge was inop. The temperature never budged off the 60 C bottom mark. It was not until I got into NW Texas and let the car out to 100 mph plus with warm temperatures that she finally moved up a bit. That thing carried 16 liters of oil.

The 575M is much better and comes up to temperature (157 F/70 C) in only about 10 kms of driving. Better thermostat, I guess.

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We worry too much about oil temps. That is why they invented 5-40 motor oil. A TR (like a bunch of other cars) has no oil cooler thermostat and a really big cooler. Unless the ambient temp goes over 60 degrees I will never see movement on the oil temp gauge unless I let it sit and idle for 1/2 an hour. Even then as soon as it gets up to highway speed the oil temp goes crashing down to the peg again. I can run it at a constant 100 mph on a cold day (and I have) and the needle never moves. It is not like the road sides are littered with TR's with bad engines as a result.

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on my 328 , before driving, i let the car idle for 4-5 minutes , then, when i start to drive,,i dont take it over 4000 until the oil temp reaches apx 160 degrees, i have been using valvoline 20/50 and now mobile one 15/50 , so it takes a little time to warm up in colder temps,, my take is that the 3.2 liter v8 likes to be warmed up before harder driving . Ive got close to 90k miles, and im hoping that letting the car warm up before nailing it , has helped prolong the life of my motor. Im sure the more modern Ferraris are just like my truck,,start it up , then go.
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Brian- Guess that explains why the Daytona seemed to run cool. That and 17 qts of oil.

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Brian- Guess that explains why the Daytona seemed to run cool. That and 17 qts of oil.

Hard to work a sweat in many of these things when they are designed to shrug off 150 mph for tank full after tank full.
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