Changing the brake fluid on a Ferrari 458 Italia and F430

Richard and I were scheduled to have a track day at the Circuit of the Americas with the Ferrari North America people. Before we head off to the track, we wanted to put in new brake fluid into Richard’s Ferrari 458 Italia and my Ferrari F430.

The brake fluid we used is Castrol SRF React brake fluid and performs very well when under high temps like you will experience on the track. Changing the brake fluid on both cars is very simple and can easily be performed using simple hand tools, but it helps to have a Motiv pressurized brake bleeder system. You first need to suck the old fluid out of the reservoir using a brake bleeder vacuum pump.

While I had the wheels off and since I was going to be using the brakes pretty hard, I wanted to also check on my brake pad thickness and brake rotor thickness. You can use a simple brake pad thickness gauge to check on the pads, and a brake caliper gauge.

How to – Ferrari 458 sounds INCREDIBLE for only $400

In this video I head over to my buddy Richard’s house to work on his Ferrari 458 Italia. He purchased an exhaust controller module from Forza Componenti for about $400. The module plugs in between the factory wiring harness and the exhaust valve solenoids. This allow you to manually open and close the exhaust valves through a remote control

When the factory exhaust valves are open, the 458 exhaust really sounds awesome. You get all the pops and crackling that a Ferrari should have instead of sounding like a Prius. Because the valves are now controlled with a remote, you can close the valves when you don’t want to upset your neighbors.

Total time was about 3 hours of work. We had to remove the wheels, diffuser, fender liners, and rear bumper just to gain access to the valves and solenoids. And a congratulations is in order for Richard as this was his first time ever working on a car! Woohoo!

You can find the controller here:
Richard bought the Model B4

I made a mistake on the Ball Joints Installation

So as it turns out, you DO need to put some grease on the ball joints on the Ferrari F430 when replacing them. I just missed that step in the service manual, but my wonderful viewers made comments asking why I wasn’t putting in grease. I was suspicious that you should add grease, but my old ball joints clearly had no grease.

I found the spot in the service manual that calls for Fiat Tutella Zeta 2 grease, which I could not find in the US, so I just ordered some synthetic grease that should do the job. I had to remove the control arms again, pop off the ball joint boots, apply the grease, then reinstall everything and torque it down.

Here’s the video of the ball joint installation:

Grease I used:
Grease gun:

How to replace the upper ball joints on a Ferrari F430 or 360

Ball Joints Kit – UBJ-360-K –

Ball Joint extraction tool – UBJ-360-BRT –

Hysol Glue – 184241 –

Hysol Dispenser tool – 184241-T –

In this video I will show how to replace the upper ball joints on a Ferrari F430 or 360. The parts were all supplied from Ricambi America through my partnership with them and are listed above. If you need to purchase Ferrari or Maserati Parts, please contact Ricambi America.

You will need to have some basic hand tools, floor jacks, c-clip pliers, a ball joint press, and an oven. Yes, you need to bake the ball joints to cure the Hysol glue once they are installed.

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How to DIY Maserati Granturismo Major Service and SAVE $2,000!

Most of the parts you will need to do a DIY major service can be purchased at Ricambi America ( or on Amazon. Links are below.

Maserati Granturismo Major Service Kit – GTSK1 –

Oil Filter Wrench –

Belt Stretch tool –

Coolant –

Motul 600 Brake Fluid –

36MM Socket –

Breaker Bar –

Motive Pressure Bleeder –

Brake Fluid Vacuum Pump –

Scan Tool –

5w-40 Synthetic Oil –

How to Polish and Ceramic Coat – NOT PERFECT but DARN GOOD

Here’s what you’ll need to wash, clay bar, polish, and ceramic coat your car. Avalon King Armor Shield IX ceramic coating:

Pressure Washer:

Detailing Kit with DA Polisher:

Wash Bucket with grit guard:

Microfiber Wash Mit:

Maxi Suds car soap:

Waffle Weave drying towel:

Microfiber towels:

Scratch and swirl remover:

Finishing Polish:

Leaf Blower:

Mothers Showtime & Clay Bar Kit: