Busy busy busy! Here's where things stand on the grey car! Plus a bunch of other things that are going on, of course.
This project is not off to what I would call a "good" start. Or even an "okay" start. I don't think it'd even qualify as a "better than getting kicked in the shin" start. Buying the car was rather easy, despite the long-distance transaction. The seller in Texas was easy to work with, so that made it easy to get the deal done. But nothing has gone well since.
An air-oil separator (AOS) is a small component connected to the engine that, as the name suggests, separates oil vapors from the air that passes through it. Aston Martins have these and they work... in theory. In this blog post I'll be talking about the failings of the OEM air-oil separator, a common leaking problem, and how to fix both.
The V8 Vantage comes with an awesome feature, one that lets you know when your engine is running: a yellow light on the gauge cluster. It’s right there in front of you and it never goes away. Mine has been so constant that I actually get worried when it turns off. This yellow indicator is a CEL. In any other car, CEL stands for check engine light. In a V8 Vantage, it stands for check everything light.
For Part One of the Eternal Flame series, I’ll be discussing a common problem that does, oddly, trigger an emissions system fault: the thermostat.
Many of us V8 Vantage owners come across a rather unpleasant problem... our cars stall while coasting to a stop, taking away our ability to steer, brake effectively, or maintain a smile.
As it turns out, the fuel vapor recirculation hose has a tendency to split open. It can then suck up fuel and, under the right conditions, dumps it into the intake manifold.