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post #1 of 4 Old 01-04-2004, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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Ferrari 355, empty battery

Hi all, let me start with wishing all of you a very happy Ferrari new year!!

Anyway, while winter is happening here in the Netherlands my F355 Berlinetta is nicely parked in the garage.

Nicely, until recently when I discovered that the battery was completely flat! :-?

I bought a small device that you can plug in to your cigarette lighter plug and should charge the battery again. But after a week, the battery is still almost dead and I have to look for another solution.

Going through the manual I found a small picture with a description of a possible connection point on the right side of the engine bay.

This morning I openend it up and I found 3 plugs, no indication whatsover is plus or minus.

Any advice you guys can give me on getting the power back on board again?

Thanks,

Erik
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-04-2004, 06:53 AM
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Hi all, let me start with wishing all of you a very happy Ferrari new year!!

Anyway, while winter is happening here in the Netherlands my F355 Berlinetta is nicely parked in the garage.

Nicely, until recently when I discovered that the battery was completely flat! :-?

I bought a small device that you can plug in to your cigarette lighter plug and should charge the battery again. But after a week, the battery is still almost dead and I have to look for another solution.

Going through the manual I found a small picture with a description of a possible connection point on the right side of the engine bay.

This morning I openend it up and I found 3 plugs, no indication whatsover is plus or minus.

Any advice you guys can give me on getting the power back on board again?

Thanks,

Erik
Erik,
I hope you had a wonderful new year as well. My guess is the battery was drained of its power. If you have some jumper cables jump start the car and let it run for 20min and see if that doesn't recharge it. If that doesn't work you'll need to replace the battery. Also check our JRV's tech tip here on Ferrari Forum about storing the car for the winter. One of them it to take the battery out.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-15-2004, 06:40 AM
 
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ERIKDEE,

Be careful if you are 'jumping' the battery; the power source has to be even. If you can not use a boost pack and have to use jump leads from another car, make sure the other car engine is switched off - you can damage the management system on your 355 if the power source is uneven.....
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-15-2004, 10:33 PM
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The battery "jumper terminals" is in the engine bay on the right side. You have to remove the black steel cover plate by removing the 3 screws, then you'll find the terminals. The positive terminal is marked red, unless your previous owner has resprayed the engine bay.

That is the proper way of jump-starting your car. The battery is located in the front right fender just behind the headlights and you have to remove the wheel and the dust cover of the front right fender before you can access the battery. You only do this when you have to change the battery. And BTW the battery has to be the dry charge type.

Good luck.
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