About the starter motor

So it is probably the time to start understanding more about the make up of the Ferrari F355 in greater detail, so to me the most logical place to start is with the starter motor. Interestingly, this has proved to be far more challenging than I expected.
A look through the workshop manual only displays the engine from the left hand side like so:
The starter motor is actually on the right hand side towards the back which I have highlighted below:
As you can see you don’t get a very good idea of what it looks like.
I then tried to do a search for ‘Ferrari 355 engine’ but again seemed to come up short with anything that provided a good idea of what the starter motor actually looks like.

This is the best that I could come up with and have circled the starter motor for you.
Next stop was to see what the individual part itself looks like. That was easy enough as you can see below.

A search on the Ricambi site pulled up the schematic and the part number (155166) which is item 26 below.
So the large nut on the housing connects directly to the positive terminal on the top right hand of the engine bay. Will have to check that out next time I’m in there.
Now, I appreciate that a starter motor starts the car but how does it actually do that? A bit more searching turned up this really cool video that explains it all.

So the starter motor must sit near the flywheel. Returning to the workshop manual I found this diagram in the Clutch – Gearbox section.
So here you can see (highlighted) the rear of the housing into which the starter motor fits and the teeth in the flywheel that it connects to.
The only other useful diagram I found was the gearbox longitudinal section shown above. In it you can see the outline of the starter motor (highlighted).
So now I know where to look next time I’m in the engine bay and I’ll get some shots and post them up as there doesn’t seem to be many around for the Ferrari F355. I am also much more knowledgeable about exactly how the starter motor functions (you just gotta love YouTube haven’t you?).
Here’s another good video that explains more about starter motors in general.

Best Drives in Sydney – Maraylya

This review is part of a number of different drives available in and around Sydney. You can view and comment on them all at : http://www.lovethe355.com/355/drives


Length – 70.4 kms

Time – 70 mins (approx)

General Description

Start at Pennant Hills and head towards Dural. Continue along Cattai Ridge Road and then towards Windsor. Return along Windsor and then along the M2, finally back on Pennant Hills Road to Pennant Hills.


There is generally not a lot of traffic on the back roads out to Windsor. Cattai Ridge Road has some good bends and a generally good surface. In some places the speed limit is 80 kmph. The return trip along Windsor Road has a great surface, is wide and has a limit of 80 kmphs. Plenty of nice bush scenery and away from the city traffic out to Windsor. The return trip along Windsor Road and the M2 will generally allow you to stretch the performance of your vehicle.


Part of road from Maraylya to Windsor has a below average surface but it isn’t an extensive stretch. The road through Dural and along Cattai Ridge Road is only a single lane and there are limited places to overtake if necessary. This means that you get held up behind a slower car for an extended period during some of the route.

A significant portion of the road through Dural and the first half of Cattai Ridge Road is 60 kmph.

There is currently a significant amount of road work being carried out along the M2 which could mean delays, poor road surface and reduced speeds while this is being completed. The M2 is also a toll road.


There are places to fill up at Dural and along Windsor road if necessary


– There are some tight bends along as it crosses Cattai Creek. The road also narrows here so ensure that travel is at the appropriate speed.


if you have any feedback or suggestions about this trip please contact me via director@ciaops.com.

Best Drives in Sydney

Part of the enjoyment of owning a vehicle is being able to drive it but not just on ordinary roads and in congested streets. If you enjoy your cars then you also enjoy taking it for a good drive. Somewhere that has good roads, straights, corners, great vistas and so on.

This can be a challenge in a major city like Sydney but what I thought I’d start doing is putting together a list of Great Drives of Sydney and posting them on www.lovethe355.com. I’d also initially detail them here on the blog but hopefully improve the information on each over time. I’d also love to see other drivers provide their feedback and suggestions, which I’ll add to the site over time.

So let’s get things kicked off with the Wahroonga to Brooklyn loop.

Length – 50.6 kms

Time – 40 mins (approx)

General Description

Start at the beginning of the F3 at Wahroonga in Sydney’s north. Follow the freeway north until you cross the Hawkesbury River. Turn off the freeway and loop back towards Brooklyn taking the old Pacific Highway. Continue past Brooklyn along the old Pacific Highway south. Travel through Berowra and Cowan and re-join the freeway heading south just after Berowra. Continue back along the F3 south until you reach Wahroonga again.


Taking the freeway to start with allows a good warm up of the car as well travelling at the maximum speed limit currently in the state (110 kph). The return trip via the Pacific Highway is generally done on a two lane stretch of road which helps negotiate cyclist or slower vehicles if encountered. The road from Brooklyn back to the old F3 tollgates has some nice bends and is generally free of major traffic and has a limit of 80 kph most of the way.


The recommended travel route is along the old Pacific Highway is from Brooklyn to Berowra (i.e north to south) rather than the reserve. The reason for this is to avoid cyclists who generally travel south to north (i.e. towards Brooklyn). However, beware of cyclists, especially in the singly lane sections of road.

The travel through the built up area of Berowra is limited 60 kphs, however increases to 80 kphs just before the turn off back to freeway.


The only place to refuel is at Berowra just before returning to the freeway. The service stations are on the other side (western side) of the road so you will need to cross over and cross back if needed. These service stations are usually not generally as busy as what you normally find so make a good place to stop.


1. Pie in the Sky – Old Pacific Highway Cowan.

2. Apart from service station fair there are also a number of shops on the other side (western) side of the road as you enter Berowra. There is a parking station on the south bound (eastern) side that you could use.


– The Pacific Highway is used frequently by large groups of cyclists, which may be travelling in groups at times.

– The commencement and end of the F3 at Wahroonga is 80 kph. Keep to these limits as police speed enforcement in the area is high in both directions. This means don’t accelerate to 110 kph until you see the signs north bound, and south bound ensure you reduce speed to 80 kph when you see the signs.

– From the Brooklyn turn off north bound to the start of the dual carriage way on the old Pacific Highway is 60 kph.

– A regular speed enforcement zone is just as you approach the old toll gates on the F3 on the old Pacific Highway heading south.

– The speed limit decreases from 80 kph to 60 kph through Cowan on the old Pacific Highway.

– The speed limit through Berowra decreases from 80 kph to 60 kph on the old Pacific Highway.





Being that time of the year it is probably worthwhile taking a few moments to have a think about what being an owner has meant.

The overall comment one could make would be that it is the ‘little’ things that you never really find out until afterwards. Probably the first of these relates to comprehensive insurance, which as it turns out can have some rather specific constraints (such as requiring an on-premise lock up garage) prior to obtaining discounted rates. So check ALL the conditions and limitation you may face.

Then who would ever forget the episode of over looking the engine immobilizer? I laugh now but at the time laughing was the furthest emotion being experienced.

The majority of time (and stress) was over the various issues with the thermocouple, which in the end turned out due to a number of factors including some new parts as well as securing the unit correctly in the vehicle (which it wasn’t on purchase). This however provided the benefit of being far more familiar with the car’s make up.

To round off the top three ‘episodes’ of the year the award goes to the simple challenges of refuelling which no doubt proved the most entertaining for those watching from the sidelines. Just remember boys and girls, the doors on a F355 are much wider than ‘normal’ cars. Again, simple things.

The lessons that you should take away from owning a vehicle like this is that firstly, it is not a new car. In fact it is almost 20 years old! Next, just like with any other vehicle there are good mechanics and there are mediocre ones and you should really ensure you find a good one before you proceed down the path of ownership.

The biggest lesson however is that a car like this is ‘different’ from ordinary cars of today in many ways. That has its positives and negatives, and importantly that is something that you need to be happy to live with because you’ll have to ride through the challenges, and there will be challenges. However, at the end of the day like anything worthwhile in life, any negatives are vastly outweighed by the enjoyment IF you do it for the right reasons.