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This board has been great. I have owned the car for only 3 weeks, really like it but there are certainly a lot of quirks and people have been great sharing information.

This has happened twice in the three weeks. I am driving normally in city traffic, come to a stop sign and put in in neutral. Loud whining coming from engine or trans. When I rev the engine the noise stops above 2,000 rpms, comes back below 2,000. I drive it a little longer put it in neutral and noise disappears - normal or serious. Thanks.
 

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Just out of curiosity, not to hijack this thread but, as you are slowing down to a red light do you let the F1 gear down to 1 or do you go into neutral.
Just wondering if shifting to neutral would help reduce clutch wear.
 

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Stardoc, I do a couple of things when I know I am not going to make a light....If I am in Sport mode, I will switch to Normal...or, Yes, I do drop into Neutral in lieu of letting the F1 go through all the downshifts

i've found the Sport Mode downshifts are especially harsh, leading me to believe more wear on the clutch.
 

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I've only had the car for about 4 weeks, so I am still trying to figure it out, but I generally have been shifting into neutral as I come to a light. I read that it could reduce clutch wear. Since I drive a lot in San Francisco, it is constantly stop and go and I figured I am putting enough wear on the clutch.

If someone actually has anything other than anecdotal information I would be very interested to know if iI am really decreasing the clutch wear.
 

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Hmmm interesting Demoe, you may be absolutely correct. I've actually heard that Sport mode may reduce clutch wear because of the shorter clutch disk engagement. :?: :?:
 

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Stardoc, what got me thinking about the increased wear in Sport mode, is the times at which the car downshifts.....if you notice in Normal Mode, the downshifts happen pretty much all at once, and when almost at a near stop......in the Sport mode, the shift occur separately and at much higher speed. and in my opinion, causing more friction/wear.

I could be wrong, but as much as I would prefer less wear in Sport mode, I see it as wishful thinking.
 

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Noise and Clutch Wear

I had a similar noise when stationery - a loud whine. My dealer had the car back and (under warranty) replaced the clutch thrust bearing which was a known issue. The new part is a tougher Ferrari one - they also replaced the Clutch disc while they had it apart - all free of charge. The car had about 8k miles on it at the time.

Regarding selecting neutral at lights - I dont think it reduced clutch wear but it will reduce wear on the thrust bearings as it would in any manual clutch car.
 

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I was told that placing it in neutral at lights or while stationary keeps the heat down and this is why, when in automatic mode; it will switch to neutral after like a minute or so.

The dealership told me to use the neutral selection for heating purposes and it's best to use neutral when coming to a stop-light rather than having it downshift, especially if you have the double clutch F1 programming.

My first cambio had the double clutch programming and made the (much desired) 'rev' on each downshift sound sexy- It came at a price because it started giving problems with on-launch sounds that Maserati said was from the clutch heating up. Warranty replaced all of the clutch heating issues.

Hope that helps.
 
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