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Repair and maintenance information for Maserati vehicles
On some Maserati models,the fuel lines or hoses could become soft. If this happens, the lines may be severed from the metal fittings. Disconnections in any of the fuel lines could lead to leaks in the engine assembly that, in turn, could result in a fire, if not seen to immediately.
EASY FIX: To deal with engine leaks, look first for the damaged or soft portions in the hoses, lines or pipings. Replace all you find. Also, check if the existing fuel lines that your model has are the black metal and rubber kind. If so, replace these with the grey nylon fuel lines. The updated material of the grey nylon fuel lines will ensure that your fuel hoses won't go soft prematurely.
Loss in control of this kind could prove dangerous, and lead to an accident, possibly a crash. This could be caused by a loose internal o-ring in the steering rack. The loose o-ring weakens the assembly, accounting for the reduced response and power coming from the steering rack.
Also try and check if there are any loose bolts in the steering rack. If any of the four bolts in the steering assembly are not secured tightly, these could explain why the bolts have become prematurely loose, particularly if the car is often driven hard on the road.
The locking compound may not have been applied to the threads before these bolts were installed so your bolts could be faulty right from the first and should really be replaced.
EASY FIX: Bring the car to a dealer and put in replacements for these old bolts.
These could be caused by upper and lower ball joint nuts that have not have properly torqued. The loose joint nuts make the assembly less stable, resulting in vibrations and noise. Find out if the car's suspension arm is still working. If it's broken, it's likely to have been due to the loose joint nuts as well. Both could contribute largely to the loss of steering capability and control.
EASY FIX: Check the torque of the upper and lower ball joints in both front and rear suspension assemblies, particularly the ball joint nuts. If loose, replace. Also look into the condition of the car's suspension arm and hub carrier. If damaged or worn in any way, replace.
Models that run with automatic transmissions that often experience hitches with the antilock brake/ anti-skid system.
These snags could be caused by a defect in the ECU's (electronic control unit) software. The defect may be compromising system operations, resulting in a dinky antilock brake/ anti-skid system (ABS/ASR), and the loss of some functions. This puts the stability and braking control of the car at risk, especially in cases of high speed driving and sudden braking. If not fixed, problems could lead to a crash.
EASY FIX: Have the ABS/ ASR electronic control unit replaced for a new one.