Ferrari 348 Service Guide

Ferrari 348 Service Guide

Ferrari 348 Service Guide

The Ferrari 348 is an Italian manufactured sports car that was produced between the years of 1989 and 1995. The predecessor to the Ferrari 348 was the Ferrari 328 and the successor was the Ferrari 355. The Ferrari 348 was the final Ferrari V8 model that was developed before the death of the founder, Enzo Ferrari. This Ferrari featured straked side air intakes as well as rectangular taillights much like the Ferrari Testarossa. Many of the stylistic features also resembled the Ferrari F40, which was the fastest production car in the world at the time.

The initial Ferrari 348 that was debuted were the 348 TB (Transversale Berlinetta) and the 348 TS (Transversale Spider) in 1989.In 1992 and 1993, Ferrari produced the 348 Serie Speciale, of which there were only 100 units produced for the United States market. In 1993, Ferrari released the 348 Challenge and the 348 GT Competizione both of which were high performance models of the regular 348 (both built for racing). At the end of 1993 Ferrari finished off the 348 variants with the GTB, GTS, and the Spider which featured substile styling changes and an increase of power.

The Ferrari 348 Service Guide provides a recommended maintenance schedule, so that owners can keep their beautiful Italian exotic in as best condition as possible. Preventative maintenance is key in extending the longevity of the vehicle, as well as avoiding any costly repairs from neglect.

 

Ferrari 348 Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch

The Ferrari 348 TB and TS feature a naturally aspirated 3.4-liter Tipo F119 V8 engine, producing 296 horsepower. The 348 GTB, GTS, and Spider models featured the same engine layout but utilizes a more advanced engine management and exhaust system allowing it to produce 312 horsepower. Both models use a 5-speed manual, but spotlight a transverse manual gearbox much like the Mondial T.

The Ferrari 348 was equipped with a dry-sump oil system allowing it to prevent oil starvation during hard cornering and high speeds.

Ferrari 348 Service Guide Oil Filter

The Ferrari 348 Service Guide Recommends These Maintenance Intervals:

Every 10,000 Miles:

Change engine oil and filter (every year)

Check gearbox/differential oil level

Check tension of alternator and air conditioning compression belts

Check condition of timing belt

Check cooling system connections and hoses

Check injection system connections and piping

Check carburation and emission concentration

Check level of fluid for brakes and clutch (possible bleeding)

Inspect brake system: pipes/hoses, calipers, connections. Check efficiency of warning lights on the dashboard

Inspection state of wear on braking surfaces (discs, pads). Change if necessary

Check brake pedal free play and the operation of the handbrake

Check front and rear suspension joints and their tightening

Check steering component, joint protection and gaiters on the steering rack, steering levers on the drive shafts

Check car attitude (adjust if necessary)

Check and lubricate controls and adjusters in general, hinges, doors, and bonnet and engine cover

Battery: check state of charge, connections and electrolyte level

Check headlight adjustment

Check and protect the chassis

Check tire pressures and their condition, the indicators on the dashboard, the lights and stop lights and then road test the car

After road test make sure that the wheels are tightened

Every 20,000 Miles:

Check gearbox/differential oil level

Check spark plugs (replace if necessary) and check ignition connections

Check valve clearances (adjust if necessary)

Replace fuel system filters

Inspect pipes and connections of secondary air injection system

Check evaporative emission control system: lines and connections

Replace air filter element

Tighten screws, nuts, and bolts (including those in the exhaust system), connections, clips and chips in general

Inspect air conditioning system

Tighten screws and bolts on the bodywork

Check correct operation and securing of the seats and seat belts

Check the starter motor current drain and alternator change

Every 50,000 Miles:

Change alternator and air conditioning compressor belts

Change timing belt

Clean the blow-by system

Every 80,000 Miles:

Replace charcoal and carbon canister and oxygen sensor

Ferrari 348 Service Guide Clutch Bearing

In order to make sure that all components are working as they should, the vehicle owner needs to get a visual inspection of the entire vehicle during each service. This includes inspecting for any leaks or accelerated wear and tear.

Note that the Ferrari 348 Service Guide is recommending these tips if the car is driven regularly on public roads. If the vehicle is tracked, wear and tear will be accelerated and should be serviced earlier and more frequently than the schedule outlined above.

Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluid

The standard brakes the come on a Ferrari 348 are 4-wheel disc double-redundant anti-lock brake systems.

Ferrari 348 Service Guide Brake Rotors

At GI Automotive, we utilize factory parts and tools to make sure your brakes are properly checked and adjusted. It is very important to check your brakes regularly by a service provider to make sure that your fluids are at the proper level.

The Ferrari 348 Service Guide recommends that the brakes be inspected at least every annual service. Only heat- resistant DOT-4 brake fluid is recommended to be used.

Ferrari 348 Service Guide Brake Pads

Tires, Suspension, & Alignment

Tires are a very important aspect that owners tend to overlook. The difference between a car with proper tires and a car with cheap tires is enormous.

Acceleration, braking, handling, and even ride quality is affected by the type of tire on the car. The Ferrari 348 comes on a stock tire size of;

FRONT TIRES: 215/50/R17

REAR TIRES: 215/45/R17

Tire wear can vary greatly on how the vehicle is driven, however, other factors such as suspension geometry, tire pressures and driving environment can also affect tire wear.

GI Automotive has a wide selection of tires that fit the Ferrari 348 and we would be happy to consult on the perfect one for your driving needs.

Tire wear can vary greatly on how the vehicle is driven, however, other factors such as suspension geometry, tire pressures and driving environment can also affect tire wear.

GI Automotive has a wide selection of tires that fit the Ferrari 348 and we would be happy to consult on the perfect one for your driving needs.

Suspension geometry and set-up is a crucial aspect in regards to not only tire wear, but how the car behaves while driving.

Regular alignment checks will help keep the tire wearing even and keep the car behaving as the superb engineers in Maranello Italy intended it to.

The Ferrari 348 Service Guide recommends that camber, caster, toe, and height be adjusted to OEM spec, or a custom specification if necessary.

Ferrari 348 Spider Service Repair Maintenance Beverly Hills

The suspension should also be inspected annually for any leaks, cracks, or play. The active suspension should be checked for calibration and proper operation as well. This also includes a physical inspection of the springs and dampers.

Other aspects that many Ferrari collectors or buyers overlook is that most of the high-performance rubber components (brushings, hoses, brake & vacuum lines, coolant & heating hoses) start to degrade naturally after 10 years. This happens even if a Ferrari was sitting in proper storage. It’s prudent that you have a full inspection done on the car in order to closely look for any signs of rubber degrading that might fail while driving. Any hoses or brushings that might look slightly worn will fail sooner than you think after the 10-year period.

The Ferrari 348 is a wonderful car to both own and drive.

With proper maintenance and care, it is proven to be a reliable automobile.

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GI Automotive offers extremely competitive part resourcing and Ferrari trained mechanics to keep you 348 in top shape.

Contact us for a quote or come visit us to experience our professional service and competitive part pricing for all your Ferrari needs.

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