Annual service

So another year has rolled around and it’s time to get the car serviced and rego’ed again.
When I received the third party insurance (green slip) renewal for the the coming year the price was over $250 more than it was last year. That’s strange I thought, I wonder why that is? The attached covering letter from the insurance company suggested that I contact them to ask about multi-policy discounts. I might just do that, given my daily drive is also insured by the same company.
Lucky I did, as it turns out that because the F355 is comprehensively insured by a broker it isn’t listed via a ‘known’ insurance company on the other company’s list. This means at green slip renewal time they remove it from their system and thus the car goes back to not having comprehensive insurance. This results in a higher green slip premium.
As soon as I told them that the car was comprehensively insured the green slip fee dropped back to what it was last year (around $540). I understand why the green slip insurance company did what they did but I also note what would have happened if I hadn’t called them up to check why the premium was so much higher. Moral of that story is to always check things out when the price jumps like that. I made a note for renewal time next year.
So with the rego paper received it was time to get the car over to Racing Red for the annual service and registration. Aside from the service and rego there were a few things that I need checking out or more information on.
– The passenger rear tyre that had issues with a faulty valve previously that resulted in constant deflation, but had been replaced last time was proving hard to get the air pump on to insert air. Turns out that when they repaired the valve last time they had used a replacement valve that was not a Ferrari original. Not unsurprisingly given those valves aren’t too common. Luckily, Sal said that he had a spare and would get them to make a change.
– The suspension was still lower on one side when compared to the other. I’d had the car adjusted earlier in the year and the car was handling fine so I knew it wasn’t an issue but I was curious as to why this was? Investigations to be made.
– I quizzed Sal about the oil levels and temperatures after the recent ‘episode’ I had gone through. I was especially interested in why the oil level varied so much from cold to warm. Turns out the oil expands that much! Wow, didn’t know that. Also interesting to find out that the car shouldn’t burn that much oil at all. The only way is over consumes oil is if it is blowing smoke. That means that it shouldn’t need any oil between annual services given the low kilometres I do. Ok, roger, got that.
– After having to recently replace the battery in my daily drive car I wondered whether I should be looking to change the battery in this car? There was no indication of issues so no real need it turns out. If the battery is weak then it will crank the engine slowly when starting. That’s the early warning sign to watch for. Although I could get the NRMA (road side assistance) to change the battery, the best bet is to get Sal to take of that. Ok, check.
– Signs of leaking shocker absorbers. An issue highlighted during initial inspection and checked last year. Need to see whether they have degraded to the point where it needs addressing. Investigations to be made.
– During the initial purchase inspection it was revealed that the inner driveshaft CV boots were swollen and deformed. The CV boots are basically rubber housing that fits over the axles at either end.

Now the inner CV boots are the ones that are closest to engine.

They become deformed because they are so close to the engine which gets mighty hot when it is running.
The above shots show you that the right hand inner CV boot is actually torn and starting to throw out grease, so time to get them changed.
This was something that was mentioned in the initial inspection and checked last year around this time so it is not a huge surprise that it needs doing, so the go ahead to replace both inner CV boots has been authorized but given that replacement parts are required this may delay the return of the car a little. That’s not a huge issue, and I’d rather get it done right.
I wonder whether the CV boots have ever been replaced? Probably not given the low distance the car has travelled prior to my ownership, so it is something that is known to deform over time with the heat of the engine although there is plenty of chat out there on the forums about the standard heat shields in the car not providing enough protection for the CV boots. That’s something I’ll get checked as well but given they have lasted this long I don’t think there should be a problem.
So that’s where we stand at the moment, repairs underway and further updates to come once I know more.

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