Last week just before my flight to Europe, I drove my car to Norwoods Performance in Dallas for its 30k service. I picked Norwoods primarily because of its fantastic name and reputation across the US.
My car had its last major in 2005 - a DIY job by one of the previous owners. It has been about 4 years and 11,000 miles since then - time for a comprehensive service! Remember that the major is a function of time and not just miles. Typical service intervals are 5 years but as my car was last worked on by a DIYer who made some changes along the way, I wanted to give it in a little earlier and get it done properly.
I have looked through the various threads on ferrarichat and have incorporated all the good stuff in my service:
- New (not re-built) water pump
- Hill Engg tensioner bearings
- Inspection of fuel lines
- Cam leak on the right side
- Inspection of lower drive pulleys and bearings
- Fix brake squeal
- Four wheel alignment
- Investigate tapping sound on left bank
- Normal 30k service items
The clutch while a bit heavy is operating fine and so is not being replaced/serviced.
Working with Norwoods is a pleasure. They love to talk about what they are doing and answer my numerous questions along the way. It is more like dealing with a trusted friend than with someone who you don't trust and need to constantly audit what they are doing.
Fortunately no major issues have come up as yet.On the lift for the initial dis-assembly
Some of the initial dis-connects are done, wheels removed.Drivetrain removal
Remove all the connects, drain the fluids including the a/c. Engine and sub-frame comes out as one unit. This was the first 3X8 Ferrari where engine out service was required - was a outcome of their racing development - they wanted the whole unit for quick replacement.
The engine and gearbox come out together (it is the bright silver object towards the rear end of the engine). The exhaust muffler/tips was removed separately but the cats remain with the engine unit.Engine bay
See the fans for the radiators and fuel pumps (twin silver cylinders) and the coolant overflow tank (black tank on right side). The size of the fans and the immense oil and water capacity is what makes this car impervious to overheating on the road or track.