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post #1 of 7 Old 12-04-2012, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Opinion on trans fluid condition (pix)

Hi All, I am in the midst of converting my 360 from F1 to manual. While I have the rear bumper off, I figured I may as well change the trans fluid even though when I bought it, I received paperwork that states it was changed just prior to me buying it. The car currently has 13700 miles or there about, and I have paperwork that show it changed near 12000 miles earlier this year.
I never owned a Fcar before, but I have worked on many a car, and changed more trans fluid than I can remember. I found it odd that this cars fluid was so black, and the filter ( screen assembly) had lots of chunks, and a piece of the white gasket sealer the factory uses. The drain plug had a good amount of metal on it as well. Not metal chips, just the fine metal paste that shows normal wear, and will stick to the drain plug.

My question is this, does this appear to be normal for less than 2000 miles and a year in a trans, or did I receive paperwork that may have been "incorrect". If this were any other car, I would say it were never changed, There is no combustion by products in trans fluid to darken it so much, which leaves only time and heat cycles.

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-04-2012, 09:24 PM
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I certainly hope that isn't 2,000mi worth of use, if so it was a rather hard 2,000mi. I suspect the silicon bits on the filter are remnants from original assembly and I rarely see trans fluid that dark with color, so I would have to believe that box saw 13,000mi before being drained.

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+1 Joss, I never got the fluid in such a condition when I change it every year. Looks definitely like it never been changed. Rich, it's good that you've checked it and as you're very handy, you'll have full control on your car now Change it every year + mesh cleaning and your trans will be in perfect condition.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-05-2012, 03:40 AM
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Here is a link to some pictures for you to compare: Ferrari 360 Annual Preventative Maintenance Aldous Voice

This fluid was in the box for a year and 4,000 miles - you can just about see in the photo that it came out golden in colour, albeit much darker than the fresh fluid.. The filter had some sludge on it but no particles. I would say that your paperwork might be inaccurate.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-05-2012, 06:04 AM
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Why are you converting to manual?

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post #6 of 7 Old 12-05-2012, 06:55 AM
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Rich- The recommended change interval on the 360 is every two years, but many pros recommend annual changes because the pump is so rough on transaxle fluid. Looks like nobody ever bothered to change the fluid on that one. Should be fine once it is changed, but you might want to change it, run it a couple of weeks, and change it again to flush out all the crud.

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-05-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Well thank you all for the replies, yes it is as I expected. Probably never changed. Ufortunately I have paperwork from a Fcar dealer that says it was, I guess I better check the belts too, as if the trans was billed, but "overlooked" why not the belts?
Granucci, I prefer to shift the car myself, and I really enjoy a project and challenge.Anytime I want, if I want, I can convert back to F1.

Taz I once again, a great idea. I will do another change after an hour of running or so to act a flush.

Thanks again guys, you are the best!!!
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