Things to know About the Maserati’s F1 Clutch
Posted on May 30, 2019 by europewpadmin
Headquartered in Modena, Italy, Maserati has been a producer of luxury vehicles since its inception in 1914. The company aims to design and produce cars that are elegant and reflect Italian design styles. The company is actually owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, also known as FCA. The 103-year-old company is well known for their detailed craft and artistic approach to their vehicles. Each car is like a work of art and is designed to embody the class that is so often associated with Italian culture.
While Maserati is known for their beautiful cars, it does not mean that they are not without fault. Maserati vehicles have an F1 clutch installed in their Maserati F1 that are complicated pieces and can be difficult to replace.
More about the F1 Clutch System
A typical clutch in a Maserati is not what a typical clutch in a normal vehicle will look like, which usually just consists of 3 pedals. This specialized clutch must be replaced every 30,000 miles or so, which is a complicated job for a DIY and is rather invasive. However, as the Maserati F1 has been on the market for longer, people have been able to figure out methods to increase the shelf life of the clutch system. This has made it so that owners do not have to replace the clutch as frequently, which ends up being cheaper for the owner and less invasive work for the car.
In order to determine what the wear readings are on your clutch, you need a tool that will be able to read the information. Generally it is a Maserati specific tool, so it is specialized, but there are other aftermarket tools available that you may be able to locate. All the scanning tool really needs to be able to do is access the gearbox computer in your car. The car’s gearbox is also referred to as the NCR, which stands for Non-Conformance Reporting. When you have a trained Maserati mechanic install a new clutch the parameters are encoded into the NCR, which will record the friction disc material.
You can also physically check the status of the friction discs. However, physically inspecting the friction discs can be an arduous process. The goal for you would be to align the bell housing with the cutouts that allow for you to be able to see the friction discs. You will only be able to inspect and get the measurement of the disc that lies on the outside, which isn’t a problem. The measurements will indicate the variance and you will be able to decide if the clutch system needs replacing.
Why is it Important to Know about the Clutch Maintenance?
When considering purchasing a new vehicle, it is important to learn as much as you can about it. There are certain issues that may be a deal breaker for you, and there are others that you will be well equipped to manage. It is wise to do the research even for the sake of having more knowledge about your car. Knowing what might fail will help you know what to keep an eye out for, and you will have a better frame of reference when it comes to solving problems with your vehicle.
It is also highly recommended that you perform regular maintenance and services on your vehicle, including following the recommended services found in the manual. By doing so, you help increase the life of the car and will prevent damages on your car that can be costly. Especially with a car like a Maserati, which is already an investment, you want to make sure you are properly taking care of that investment.
How We Can Help
At Entirely Exotic Motorsports, we are committed to quality customer service and taking care of your luxury vehicle. If you need to have your clutch system inspected or replaced, our skilled technicians are trained and ready to help you. We work with our clients to ensure a proper diagnosis and will work with you to figure out what the best solution will be for you. We are convenient to the residents of Altadena, Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Glendale, CA. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer or schedule an appointment, feel free to call our office or visit our website.
* Maserati GranTurismo S image credit goes to: bluebeat76.