Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Steve- Downshifting through all the lower gears when coming to a full stop is a waste of clutch and synchro wear to me, so I usually shift to neutral from 3rd to 5th gear, depending on speed. Ferrari throw-out bearings are constant contact types and the clutch is open whenever you are stopped, regardless of whether she is in gear or in neutral. So there is not any difference in throw-out bearing wear like there would be in a three pedal car. There is thow-out bearing and clutch wear from unnecessary downshfts, however.
If an F1 equipped Ferrari is in gear and stopped, the system will eventually shift to neutral even if you have the brake depressed, but it takes on the order of 10 minutes. Off the brake it is normally about 90 seconds, but that can vary from model to model.
Brian Crall explained that there is something in the brake system that causes more pressure to be needed on the brake pedal as the mileage increases. Maybe he can chime in with an explanation. Try pushing harder on the brake pedal and you should be ok.
Incidentally, if coming to a stop and neutral is selected and traffic starts moving, hitting the upshift paddle will get you the highest gear in which the engine will run smoothly. Too high. Hitting the downshift paddle will get you one gear lower.
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Last edited by tazandjan; 11-25-2012 at 06:51 AM.