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post #1 of 9 Old 01-07-2014, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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F1 fluid cap

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i tried to check the F1 fluid cap in late summer in my F430 per the shop manual. To my surprise, my cap's underside was missing the dipstick. Are there different versions of this cap? Is there any other way to check F1 fluid levels? Can SD3 tell?

if not, i'm not sure how my PPI site could have missed this. Not a big deal but just thought i would ask if anyone knew of another method. I'm just getting ready for spring...tired of the severe MN cold (-50F with windchill on monday) so nothing better to do than to work on my F430 spring to do list...
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-08-2014, 08:18 AM
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Cheng- Ferrari has recommended not using the dipstick for checking F1 fluid, so someone likely just yanked it to prevent an owner from incorrectly using it. Here is how Ferrari recommends checking F1 fluid.
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I cannot imagine going thru gyrations to create that tool that Ferrari recommends.

An EZ method I use is to use a stainless steel machinist rule and insert it in the F1 reservoir till it bottoms out. You can there merely remove the rule and easily see the depth of fluid.

If you need to remove fluid, a turkey baster syringe works well.

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Hang you middle finger over the edge by the second knuckle. Fill until the fluid touches the tip of your finger, done.


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Josh- The scientific method, but varies with length of fingers. Can you reach that little shelf on the side of the reservoir with your finger doing that? Sounds like you have a perfectly calibrated finger.

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I cannot imagine going thru gyrations to create that tool that Ferrari recommends.

An EZ method I use is to use a stainless steel machinist rule and insert it in the F1 reservoir till it bottoms out. You can there merely remove the rule and easily see the depth of fluid.

If you need to remove fluid, a turkey baster syringe works well.

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Steve the visual isn't pleasant of where the turkey baster would end up if I got caught using the only one we have to remove F1 fluid....hope you have one labeled "garage!"

The reservoir cap on our 360 has a short measuring stub which after the car sits, open driver door to prime, seems to do the trick for checking the level (but I'm definitely trying the 2nd knuckle test). Any reason I should be doing something different after changing a cup of fluid each season?

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Steve the visual isn't pleasant of where the turkey baster would end up if I got caught using the only one we have to remove F1 fluid....hope you have one labeled "garage!"
Just don't get caught and rinse it off.

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like the ruler

I like the ruler idea but it sounds like a shop or someone well versed in the f1 fluid change should have no issues without the oem cap. Thx guys.
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I just checked mine with a machinist ruler and it was overfilled from the last dealer service. Not sure if I ever had a dipstick, but I no longer have one.

I guess not all dealers use are using the new tool.

No wife or turkey baster but I did use a suction tool to remove as much as possible and top back off at proper level following the procedure.
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