Ferrari 360 Phase Variator (aka Variable Valve Timing)

The Ferrari 360 engine has a variable valve timing system fitted to the exhaust camshaft (the intake valve timing is fixed).  The critical part to this system is called the “Exhaust Phase Variator” (part #190042) and is fitted between the cam pulley wheel and the camshaft itself.  Here is a diagram showing the position of the variator … More Ferrari 360 Phase Variator (aka Variable Valve Timing)

Ferrari 360 Slow Down

The 360 is fitted with catalytic converter (Cat) temperature control system that can trigger a rather alarming message on the dash that tells the driver to “SLOW DOWN”.  This message is sometimes accompanied by a loss of engine power and if the driver doesn’t understand what is happening it can be a worrying moment. The purpose of … More Ferrari 360 Slow Down

Ferrari 360 engine oil level checks and the danger of overfilling

The correct way to check the engine oil level is to warm the oil up to proper operating temperature. Unless I have just changed the oil, I always check the level after driving several miles. Here is the extract from the owners manual which states the correct way of checking the level. Note that it … More Ferrari 360 engine oil level checks and the danger of overfilling