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My '04 w/ 41k miles has developed a problem with the trans. slipping out of gears at low speeds, always out of 1st or 2nd.

Normally when just starting from a stop or slowing to one.

Clutch life was gaged at 40% not too long ago.

CC pump might be original.

No warning lights on dash.

The reverse pod needs to be rebuild or replaced, the lever is loose. Would this cause the above mentioned issues?

Could this be a brake light switch problem that I read about here?

The pump primes as usual upon opening the door and shifts seem to be relatively crisp.

Any help would be appreciated, I'm going to try to fix it myself before taking it to the dealer.

Thanks gents.
 

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Before I purchased the car, I believe that it was around 27k, if what I was told was correct.

I think what I'm going to do is to replace the reverse pod because I know that it isn't right, but I was just holding out to do it in the winter. Then the brake light switch because it seems to happen when I'm slowing down / stopping. If that doesn't fix it, I'll re-evaluate.

I was just wondering if anyone has had a similar situation and how they remedied it.
 

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The "no warning lights on the dash" part is what seems weird to me - one would think that if there was a true component or even a clutch position sensor malfunction, that you'd throw the CC warning light.

The fact that your reverse lever pod needs a rebuild COULD be contributing to this condition, if the lever is slipping back & it thinks you're trying to put it into reverse when you (or the computer) is actually trying to select a forward gear - but when mine was loose (and it wasn't even very loose at all) prior to rebuilding it, I got the CC warning light on the dash when it would do this.

The fact that there's no light makes me think it might be something pretty simple... like perhaps even low fluid? IOW, the pump might be winding up & pressurizing just fine, but there's not enough fluid in the system to provide adequate pressure under certain conditions?
 

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The fact that there's no light makes me think it might be something pretty simple... like perhaps even low fluid? IOW, the pump might be winding up & pressurizing just fine, but there's not enough fluid in the system to provide adequate pressure under certain conditions?
Yes, the no warning light on the dash part is what is throwing me off a bit. I even double checked to see if it lights up when I start the car to make sure the light itself works and yes, it does.

I didn't think of checking the the fluid in the pump. I'm sure it's been written about here before about how to go about doing that, I'll do a little more checking around.

But first things first... DesertDawg... I'm gonna be hitting you up with a PM about rebuilding my pod.
 

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I believe it's going to be a pressure problem... check fluid level or replace and properly bleed the system to start. Or better yet, take it to a shop with an SD Tool to help you diagnose the situation.

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Thanks Jeff,

After looking at all the other posts about common issues with the F1 slipping out of gear, it seems that with all the other examples, the CC light lights up on the dash whereas mine does not. I'll leave this one to the experts and make an appointment to have it checked out.

I'll let you know what I find out.
 

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No error codes could be found but I was told that the fluid was a little low. I had the the fluid changed and the system bled.

So far the issue hasn't reared it's ugly head again. It wound up being a relatively inexpensive fix.

Thanks for the advice fellas.
 

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No error codes could be found but I was told that the fluid was a little low. I had the the fluid changed and the system bled.

So far the issue hasn't reared it's ugly head again. It wound up being a relatively inexpensive fix.

Thanks for the advice fellas.
Good result then Andrew! Just wondering how often or effectively levels as awkward as the F1 pumps reservoir are checked!!!??

No evidence of a leak, drip anywhere?

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I've had my Coupe for about 9 months and had never checked the F1 fluid level nor did I ever notice any leaks. I figured it would have been checked during the PPI that I had done by the Maserati dealer. The dealer where I have my car serviced (a different dealer) has never mentioned to me anything about the F1 fluid level needing to be checked or changed.

I guess it's just one more lesson learned, start checking it at least once a year and maybe change it every other year.
 

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Andrew, it doesn't say on the service schedule, either to check or change like the others, but they do change the others at 2 yearly intervals! Best practice I suspect!

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The fact that there's no light makes me think it might be something pretty simple... like perhaps even low fluid? IOW, the pump might be winding up & pressurizing just fine, but there's not enough fluid in the system to provide adequate pressure under certain conditions?
So, I guessed right... what do I win? Another new Maserati from William (who has YET to pay up on the last one, I might add! lol).
 

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