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Servicing schedule
Your F355 will need servicing on an annual or mileage basis, depending upon how much use it is getting. The recommended minimum is an annual service, but if your car is covering sufficient mileage it may require servicing due to miles covered rather than time.

There are several types of service that the car will need:

  • A annual 'lube' service - which includes changing of the usual fluids such as oil, brake fluid etc
  • An annual plus additional work that requires doing every two years or at certain mileages whichever comes first
  • A major service - Cambelt replacement every 3 years or 50,000km whichever comes first.

The detail about what is required when is included in the table below. This information was transcribed directly from the back of an F355 owners manual. Distance covered is shown as kilometres with miles in brackets.

Main Operations10,00030,00050,00070,00090,000110,000
1Change engine oil and filter
See annual service
2Change gearbox/differential oil
Every two years
3Check tension and wear of alternator/water pump, A/C compressor and power steering control belts (change if necessary)
Replace in any case every 3 years
4Check sparking plugs (replace if necessary) and ignition connections
5Change timing beltsEvery 50,000 km and not over 3 years
6Blow-by connection integrity check    
7Check cooling system connections and hoses
8Check injection system connections and piping
9Inspect air injection system, pump, pipes and connections
10Replace filter charcoal    
11Replace fuel system filter   
12Replace oxygen sensors     
13Check air cleaner elements (replace if required)
14Check carburation, exhaust level and suction tank sealing
15Gasoline circuit pressure sealing check    
16Check exhaust system bypass valve efficiency    
-Tighten screws, nuts and bolts (including those on the exhaust system), connections, clips and strips in general
17Check level of brake/clutch fluid (possible bleeding)
See annual service
18Check level of fluid for power steering (possible bleeding)
Replace every 2 years
19Inspect brake system: pipes/hoses, calipers, connections. Check efficiency of warning lights on dashboard.
20Inspect wear of braking surfaces (discs, pads). Change if necessary
See annual service
21Check brake pedal free travel and handbrake operation (Adjust if necessary)
22Check suspension part tightening
23Check steering components, joint protection and boots on the steering rack, steering levers and on the axle shifts
24Check car setting (adjust if necessary)
25Inspect air conditioning system (replace coolant  and filter every 2 years). Check oil level in compressor.
26Check and lubricate controls and adjusters in general, hinges, doors, bonnet and engine cover
-Check correct operation and securing of the seats and seat belts
27Battery: check connections, loading conditions and absorption
28Check generator absorption and charge    
-Check headlight aiming
-Check chassis and box-type panels (possible new treating)
Every two years
-When the work has been carried out, check tyre pressure and their condition, inspect wheel rims (for possible scratches), check the indicators on the dashboard, the lights and stop lights and then road test the car.
-After the road test  make sure that the wheels are tightened.

Annual Service
The annual service consists of the following checks and changes:

  • Change engine oil and filter
  • Replace brake/clutch and power steering fluid
  • Inspect wear of braking surfaces (discs and pads)
  • Battery: Check connections, loading conditions and absorption.
  • Check tyres and rims condition
  • Emission level check at exhaust
  • Road test

European versus US servicing schedules

For an unknown reason, US F355's have a different servicing schedule to European F355's. The main difference centres around the cambelt change frequency. For US 355's it is stated as every 5 years, whereas in Europe it is stated as every 3 years (both must be done at the same mileage if this is reached before time). For later cars, Ferrari changed to follow the European recommendations but this has left F355 owners unsure as to what is required; after all there is nothing different between the materials used between US and EU cars.  If in doubt, do what it says in your user manual.

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