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Hi ppl,

i just got my 1999 F360 couple days ago.....so i m a new freebie to become a Ferrari owner.

i live in Hong Kong and due to the traffice jams occurs in here my car's clutch system just got over heat today and was down for 2 times...I wonder if any technics i can prevent this will happen again or least protect the clutch by over heated again.

thank you :p
 

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Welcome Chocodip
and congrats on your new purchase, i hope you have a wonderfull time as a Ferrari owner

about the clutch, this has been mentioned once before a long time ago, i'm not an owner myself so i can't speak from experience.
but i remember that was said that it's best that you let the clutch come up fully and not a bit to crawl forward a bit, and everytime that you need to stop again make sure to place it back in neutral
 

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Guess you've just made a case for the inadequacy of F1 boxes for bumper to bumper crawling trafic, at least it's my opinion.

Be aware that your car is NOT an automatic with a torque converter. It does have a friction clutch: when the clutch slips, it wears out and heats up.

Try to minimize the time when the clutch is slipping by leaving enough space with the car in front, actuate the throttle gently so that the clutch sticks in 1st and then crawl gently at 1000 to 1500 rpm as long as you can.
Put it back in N if you have extended time without moving.

If you have to cope with heavy trafic, maybe you should use another car or consider switching to a conventional stick shift Ferrari.
 

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Welcome to the site and congrats on the new 360. There really isn't much you can do about this. If you are moving at a slow crawl try to give it enough gas quickly to engage the gear fully then coast and pop it into N as you slow back down. Like the above post, you'll need a little room in front of you for that.
 

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and no, you can't do burnouts every time, that's not good for the clutch either and the cops might not appreciate it :lol: :green:
 

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Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the club.

The 1999 360s use the earlier gearbox ECU which were upgraded in mid-2000. But it's only a slight improvement. You can get the upgrade for around US900. The best thing to do in a traffic jam is to put your box to "N" everytime you stop. That will (hopefully) delay the heating of the clutch. :-?

The current ECUs used on the Enzo and the Stradale are much, much better.
 

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Thank you guys

Hi guys,

Thx so much for all the helps! i will run down on 1st gear and pop it into "N" to slow back. I will try to ask about the upgrade gearbox ECU but is there a big improvement after changed?

thank you
chocodip :D
 

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pics coming up this week

sure i will post up the pictures.....i will do it this weekends....guys ...please wait. :D
 

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I'm glad we could help you out. Looking forward to hearing more from you. There are two more members in Hong Kong that post as well, maybe you should meet up for a drive sometime.
 

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hi guys.

Just heard from the HK ferrari sales, they said i can try to turn off the skid sytem to let the car start up on 2nd gear prevent to over-heat the clutch sytem.....

I really hving fun with my new baby!!! Just hope i will do all the technics correct to aviod the engine stall again. :D :eek:ha:
 

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I am afraid this sounds like a very, very bad idea, can't believe how a dealer could give such advice, if not to make money on your back.
If you put the slippery surface program on, the car will start in 2nd by default (you can override that), the clutch will slip furthermore, and heat up even faster.
To prevent your clutch from heating, you must limit slippage, not increase it !
 

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urgent help!!!

Guys,

baddd news!!! My car's engine stalledl tdy.....just drove for 10mins and the ASR sign alert on the dash with the handbrake sign as well the F-1 gearbox sign.

try to restart the engine after 10mins but cant......the ASR and F-1 gearbox sign was still on.

now the car is towed back to the ferrari workshop and i would like anyone here give me some advise for wut had happened? is the clutch system worn out and it need a new replacment?

thank you so much guys

sorry cant take the pics for the next 5 days or so.

:( :( :( :(
 

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Sounds expensive, a vist to the boys at Italian motors in ToKwaWan is never cheap.

Let us know how you get on?
 

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Re: hi guys.

chocodip said:
Just heard from the HK ferrari sales, they said i can try to turn off the skid sytem to let the car start up on 2nd gear prevent to over-heat the clutch sytem.....

I really hving fun with my new baby!!! Just hope i will do all the technics correct to aviod the engine stall again. :D :eek:ha:
The workshop guys don't own 360s, so they don't know what living with a 360 is like. You can listen to them on what to repair when things go wrong but what do they know about the troubles of owning a 360. Wrong people to ask for advise bro.
 
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