Thinking you're completely out of gas while in the middle of nowhere is a terrifying thing. That very thing happened to me on my way to an event in October of 2014. I topped off my tank before heading out for the day. Fifty miles later, my tank was completely empty. Or so I thought.
Driving your car on track can greatly accelerate required maintenance schedules and reduce the life of certain components. Tires, brakes, and oil are the main things to keep in mind, as they'll require replacing far more often than they otherwise would. This blog post will cover some of the major concerns you'll have with wear and tear when tracking your car.
The V8 Vantage came with a choice of two transmissions. One was a paddle-shifted robotic manual, Aston's "ASM" transmission. The other transmission in the V8 Vantage is a proper manual. The transmission has a tendency to fight you when shifting from first to second gear when cold. Aside from that, it's absolutely wonderful. It's also the V8 Vantage's Achilles heel.
Even though oil changes are pretty much the most basic jobs required for a car's maintenance, it's worth a blog post to discuss the oil used by Aston Martin. There are plenty of questions regarding what to use, where to get it, why it costs so much... Hopefully this blog post will help explain things a bit and clear up any confusion.
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.
There is an often-overlooked cubby in the rear hatch of an Aston Martin that owners should definitely know about. The carpeted cover blends into the rest of the trunk lining so it's easily missed. But there's a pull tab sticking out to let you know where to find it. Inside are a few important things.
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.