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Well my Maser froze up on me today. I came out to drive away after a short 15 minute stop and nothing worked. The first thing I noticed was that the engine wouldn't turn over, although all the lights seemed normal.
Then I noticed:
- Even though the car indicated it was in neutral with the parking brake off, we couldn't push it. It acted like it was still in gear.
- The brake pedal was pumped all the way up, and had little give. Felt like brakes used to after you pumped them a few times (like you used to have to!)
- The steering wheel wouldn't move the wheels at all (it wasn't in the security lock position, since the key was turned on and the wheel would move a little back and forth).
- I didn't try to lower the top.
It's being towed to the dealer in the morning, but the service department, over the phone, could only guess that the F1 pump failed. Would this single pump impact everything (gearbox, brakes, steering?).
My mileage is 29,900 miles.
Mike
 

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Demoe
When I talked to Gino in service on the phone, he said that he just had another car come in with an F1 failure - must have been yours. Then he made a joke about things happening in twos and threes. I wonder who is next to fill out our triple play, kind of like when celebrities die in threes?
I also wonder how long my car is going to be there.....
You probably got the one F1 pump they have in stock, assuming they even have one, and I will have to wait for parts to be delivered.
Anyway, good luck with your repair. Let's keep in touch on how it goes.
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Well, the car got towed to FMOSF today, and they won't be able to look at it until mon/tue. It does seem that it is the F1 pump, which will be covered under warranty, and I'll probably have them do the clutch as well since they have to take out the tranny and I have 30K miles on the original.
I'll keep everyone posted on how it turns out.
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OK, my car is back. The service department, and Gino in particular, at FMOSF was great.
It was definitely the F1 pump that failed. The pump failed on Thu, 4/6, and was towed to the dealer on Fri, 4/7. They diagnosed it on Mon, 4/10, and Gino said it could be back early the following week, but that there was some wheel damage (I have black pearl coated wheels) from the flatbed truck, and that it would take 10 working days to get the wheel down to SoCal to be recoated.
So, the car was returned to me on Mon, 4/24. Had I pressed, I think I could have picked it up on Fri, 4/21. Since my car was trailered in both directions I think the overall turnaround was great.
Everything seems to work fine, and the clutch is definitely more solid after replacement. I had the clutch replaced at the same time as the F1 pump warranty work, since I had 30k miles on the original. It cost ~$2300, which is a bit over ~$1000 less than normal, because the transmission had to be taken out for the F1 pump replacement anyway.
So, I am driving again, and a very happy camper. Very happy with the service at FMOSF.
Demoe - I just noticed the private message from you earlier this month. Sorry I missed that, but this email should answer your questions. Hope your repair went well also - although it seemed to take longer. Might have just been a supply/demand thing at the dealership.
Mike
 
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