A common issue in Ferrari models are problems with its many sensors. These sensors play a vital role in the optimal functioning of the car, particularly the technology that controls the mechanical aspects of your engine, transmission, and fuel efficiency.
Some of your Ferrari sensors include these important monitoring systems:
- O2 sensor: This sensor functions as a monitor for the oxygen level in the gases of the engine’s exhaust and sends the report to the control unit. It makes adjustments for the engine’s precise fuel ratio. There can be problems with it as a result of contamination by silicates in the exhaust or overuse of the sensor. The sensor typically lasts about 100,000 miles unless there is untimely damage to it. If you suspect there’s a problem with this, bring it in for an inspection.
- Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor: The MAF measures the amount of air entering the engine. MAF problems can be caused by dirt accumulation in the air filters, water damage, faulty electrical connections, oil damage, and overuse.
- Car Knock Sensor: The car knock sensor records indications of misfires in the engine, which can be heard by the knocking noise. This sensor checks all the operating states of the engine to help prevent damage. Problems with the knock sensor can be a result of short-circuiting, breaks in the wiring, corrosion, and mechanical damage.
- Engine Speed sensor: Also called vehicle speed sensor, the engine speed sensor measures how fast the engine is spinning at the time by noting how fast the crankshaft is rotating. It sends the data to the car’s computer to make adjustments to serve your demand.
- Clutch sensor: This sensor is present in Ferraris with a manual transmission. It makes sure the engine doesn’t start while your Ferrari is in any gear except park. The clutch sensor could be damaged for overheating the inner workings of the Ferrari produces. This makes switching gears hard for the clutch assembly.
- Camshaft Position Sensor: This sensor helps to monitor the speed and position of the camshaft and sends the information to the car’s computer which regulates the amount of fuel entering into the engine.
Symptoms of Different Types of Failing Sensors
Before servicing your car, your car might show some signs which may mean that there is a problem with one of the sensors. Some of the signs associated with the failure of certain sensors are:
- If the engine sensor fails: A failing or damaged O2 sensor will normally present up as a loss of power, slow acceleration, unusual idling, jerking during acceleration, increase in fuel consumption, and occasional stalling. A Ferrari with a failing engine sensor can end up with engine damage or problems with the catalytic converter. Ensure to quickly take your car for repairs in a reliable auto shop.
- If the mass air flow sensor fails: The signs of a damaged MAF sensor is just like that of the O2 sensor. It presents other signs like engine misfiring, poor exhaust emission values, and in some cases, emissions of black smoke. In this case, book an appointment with your auto mechanic.
- If the car knock sensor fails: When a car knock sensor is faulty, you will experience the engine warning light illuminating, reduced engine power, and an increase in the fuel consumption rate of your Ferrari. To protect your engine, bring it in for regular servicing with your mechanic and for any service you believe it needs.
- If the engine speed sensor fails: Several symptoms will tell you that your Ferrari has a faulty speed sensor. When the transmission revs higher before it changes gears, this can be a very good indication of a problem. Next, a late change into overdrive and not being able to enter overdrive can indicate a faulty engine speed sensor. Amongst other symptoms, applying the brakes may seem quite more difficult than normal while the car is coasting.
- If the camshaft position sensor fails: Some indications of the camshaft position sensor failure would be the illumination of the engine warning light, problems with ignition, surging, or engine stalling.
Mark Douglas Motorworks Will Repair Your Sensors
Don’t wait for your sensors to malfunction before bringing your Ferrari for servicing and proper inspection. At Mark Douglas Motorworks, we make sure to inspect your sensors during routine maintenance to prevent problems before they cause you frustration. Mark Douglas Motorworks utilizes experienced, ASE-certified technicians to perform high-quality service on your Ferrari. Call us now for a quick inspection and repair at 949-472-8842.