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Track Days in your Aston Martin (Part 2)

Track Days in your Aston Martin (Part 2)

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's Achilles Heel

The V8 Vantage's Achilles Heel

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.

The V8's Thirst for Unicorn Blood

The V8's Thirst for Unicorn Blood

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.

Don't Breathe the Oil Vapors

Don't Breathe the Oil Vapors

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.

Eternal Flame: The Check Engine Light that Never Dies

Eternal Flame: The Check Engine Light that Never Dies

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.

The Infamous V8 Vantage Stalling Problem

The Infamous V8 Vantage Stalling Problem

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.