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I have just bought my first 360 and after 2000 miles of fantastic fun I now have a problem.
After running the car for a short while say 10 miles the oil pressure gauge drops very low and at the same time the oil temp gauge goes up.
This doesn’t always happen and sometimes after driving for a while the gauges return to normal.
I have had the oil levels checqued and they are fine.
The car runs great.
I figure it must be electrical.
Any body out there had any similar problems and if so how did you fix it.
Chris
PS the car is a 1999 with 13K miles on the clock.
 

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chrisb said:
I have just bought my first 360 and after 2000 miles of fantastic fun I now have a problem.
After running the car for a short while say 10 miles the oil pressure gauge drops very low and at the same time the oil temp gauge goes up.
This doesn’t always happen and sometimes after driving for a while the gauges return to normal.
I have had the oil levels checqued and they are fine.
The car runs great.
I figure it must be electrical.
Any body out there had any similar problems and if so how did you fix it.
Chris
PS the car is a 1999 with 13K miles on the clock.
Hello, welcome to Ferrai Forum and congrats on the new 360. I have not heard of this problem before and your assesment is right. Did you have a mechanic check the car before you purchased it?

One other question: what kind of oil is in the car now? If the wrong oil is used this could also create the problem. Have you changed the oil recently?
 

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I had the car fully serviced as soon as I bought it, and have covered 2000 trouble free miles since then.
The oil is shell fully synthetic as far as I know.
I have also contacted Ferrari UK to check on any outstanding recalls, as I was told the 1999 models had a recall for a dashboard electrical problem. I have been told that the modification was carried out so it’s not that.
If all else fails I will have to take the car to the dealer and get them to trace the fault.
 

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Just a thought, (but I don't know anything about the 360's lube system ...) does the 360 use a thermostatic switch to control the oil cooler, or is it active 100% of the time? If there is a thermostat in the system then maybe it is not functioning, => no flow to oil cooler & oil temps would get higher than normal & pressures lower. Possible???
 

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I thought of that but the problem seems to come when I am driving at reasonable to slow speeds, when the temp goes up and the pressure down, and if I increase the engine RPM say run at over 5000 RPM the gauges return to something like normal.
If the oil cooler was not active this would make things worse.

Having said all this I ran the car today for about 60 minutes covering both town and country driving and had no problems at all.
The only thing I changed was that I ran the car in sports mode all the time.
I am going to try this for the next few days to see if running with sports mode switched on has any effect.
If this appears to cure the problem maybe my ECU is playing up.
 

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chrisb said:
I have just bought my first 360 and after 2000 miles of fantastic fun I now have a problem.
After running the car for a short while say 10 miles the oil pressure gauge drops very low and at the same time the oil temp gauge goes up.
This doesn’t always happen and sometimes after driving for a while the gauges return to normal.
I have had the oil levels checqued and they are fine.
The car runs great.
I figure it must be electrical.
Any body out there had any similar problems and if so how did you fix it.
Chris
PS the car is a 1999 with 13K miles on the clock.
Has this car been serviced as per factory recommendation. If the filter is blocked, it could cuse this problem - drop in oil pressure and overheating. But most likely it's a electrical fault. Get the workshop to plug in their diagnostic computer and it'll tell you the problem immediately.
 

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Well if all else fails I will have to bite the built and take out my credit card and visit a main dealer.
The problem is that as well as costing an arm and a leg I don’t have much faith in the main dealers as I have had some bad experiences with them in the past.
The guys who are looking after my car at the moment are not official Ferrari dealers so they don’t have access to the diagnostic equipment.
They are really great guys and they know Ferraris as they ran in the challenge and intermarqur champion ships and won several times (not races but championships) the guy is John Pogson you may have heard of him.
I have faith in them, as they are as keen as me to find the problem.
So as long as I dint believe the problem is actually the oil I will keep running the car and looking for the solution
 

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chrisb said:
Well if all else fails I will have to bite the built and take out my credit card and visit a main dealer.
The problem is that as well as costing an arm and a leg I don’t have much faith in the main dealers as I have had some bad experiences with them in the past.
The guys who are looking after my car at the moment are not official Ferrari dealers so they don’t have access to the diagnostic equipment.
They are really great guys and they know Ferraris as they ran in the challenge and intermarqur champion ships and won several times (not races but championships) the guy is John Pogson you may have heard of him.
I have faith in them, as they are as keen as me to find the problem.
So as long as I dint believe the problem is actually the oil I will keep running the car and looking for the solution
Try changing the thermostat/sensor. That's the chaepest and quickest option.
 

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I may do this next week if my tests with the sports mode don't result in any changes.

Thanks for you input

Chris
 

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The oil pressure and temprature sending units are common problem with the 360s. I had my temp sensor replaced and looks like the pressure sending unit is also going buut very slowly.
 
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