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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
Ferrari: 2001 360 Modena Coupe Other: 2004 C5 Coupe