FAQs— Ferrari 308 GTS
Since last week, I've been hearing strange clunking noise that seems to come from the corner of my Ferrari 308 GTS. I notice that the car's steering is also becoming sloppy and, sometimes, stiff. What could be wrong with my ride?
The sloppy steering and clunking noise can be attributed to worn-out ball joints. The ball literally clunks and rattles around in the socket, hence the clunking noise. Another symptom that can solidify your claim with ball joints as the culprit is uneven tire wear with the outer or inner edges wearing out faster than the rest of the tire tread. If the wear is in the middle, the problem may not be caused by the ball joint but by low tire pressure or underinflation. If your Ferrari's ball joints come with built-in wear indicators, it will be easier for you to check them. If they aren't fitted with such, you may need to relieve the load on your car's suspension by jacking it up and checking each of the ball joints for play.
I'll be storing my Ferrari for the winter, so I have to store its spare tire, too. Can you give some tips on how I can properly keep it out of harm's way?
It is important to make sure that your tire is kept in a spot that's nowhere near any flame and other heat source or anything that's capable of causing or triggering sparks and electrical discharges. Your garage or the place you should be storing the spare tire in should be well-ventilated, dry and temperate, and is free from precipitation and direct sunlight. You should also avoid putting it in stacks or placing it under objects (especially heavy ones) for longer periods. Keep it away from hazardous chemicals, hydrocarbons, and solvents as well as from sharp or pointed objects that can penetrate into and cause cut or holes on the rubber.
I've been experiencing misfiring and hard starting for almost a month now. I bought my Ferrari 308 GTS to a mechanic and I was told that the culprits for my ignition problems are carbon-fouled spark plugs that warrant replacement. What causes this and is there any other solution to such problem?
Carbon-fouled spark plugs are characterized by dry, fluffy black carbon that's usually caused by slow-operating speeds and weak ignition components (coil, ignition cables). This condition can also be a result of inappropriate heat range, rich air-and-fuel mixture, bad automatic choke, and sticking or damaged manifold control valve. Replacement isn't always the solution to this problem. Depending on the extent of damage, spark plugs that are carbon fouled can be cleaned, re-gapped, and then reused.
When inspecting the battery of my Ferrari 308 GTS, I noticed some kind of bluish corrosion on the terminals. Any tips on how I can properly get rid of that?
Regardless of where the corrosion is—whether on the positive or the negative lead—you have to remove the battery's negative lead first. Then using a wire battery brush or other brushing or scraping tool, scrape corrosion off the battery. Make sure to sweep the corrosion that you've removed onto a rag or paper plate to prevent it from scattering and making a mess in the engine bay.
Ferrari 308 GTS: One of the Best Italian Sports Cars of the ‘70s
Ferrari has ranked among the best in the world and has made a good name for itself in the racing circuit. This Italian automaker is behind some of the best designs in the world of sports cars. One of its most iconic models is the 308 GTB/GTS. The Ferrari 308 GTB, a replacement to the Dino 246, was one of the mid-engined sports cars that reigned between the mid-70s and mid-80s. The 308 made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in 1975. The sports car, which came out in a Pininfarina style, was a design work by Leonardo Fioravanti who was behind some of the most iconic shapes of Ferarris such as the Berlinetta Boxer, Dino, and Daytona. The shape of this car was a stark contrast to that of the GT4 2+2, which was more angular. The GTB/GTS was designed with redefined curves and lines. With these style elements, it became one of Ferrari’s most popular creations at that time.
1970s: 308 GTB/GTS
The Ferrari 308 GTB was unveiled in 1975. Its style elements, overall design, and iconic shape made it one of the Italian automaker’s finest works at that time. The targa-topped 308 GTS eventually came out in 1977. This model became even more recognizable in the TV series Magnum, P.I., which featured various cars for each season. The earlier 308 GTB had glass-reinforced plastic bodywork, which made it light. It also used an engine with dry-sump lubrication throughout the racing experience of Ferrari. Eventually, the 308’s bodywork used steel, adding about 331 lbs. But even with a steel body, the GTB was only 26 lbs. heavier than a fiberglass body counterpart. While the steel-bodied 308 GTS had a wet-sump engine, the GTB stuck to dry sump lubrication through 1981.
From 1975 through 1985, about 12,004 units of the 308 were manufactured. The 308 models were well loved by Ferrari fans and sports car lovers. In the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s, the 308 was ranked fifth in 2004 by Sports Car International.
1980s: GTBi/GTSi and Quattrovalvole
For the 1980 308 GTBi and GTSi, the most significant addition would have to be the Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection. While 308 models decreased power down to 214hp, they also dropped emissions. Two years after that, the 4-valve per cylinder Quattrovalvole (QV) came along. This model had power rated at 240 hp. Compared to the American model, the European version could generate more horsepower because it’s light and had less restrictions. The European version, Ferrari 308 GTB QV and 308 GTS QV, were deemed more collectible. They were the fastest 308s, and they also had better styling. The 308 GTB/GTS Quattrovalvole was introduced at the 1982 Paris Salon, replacing the GTBi/GTSi 308 models. The Quattrovalvole model was equipped with four valves per cylinder heads. On the outside, they looked quite the same with just a few differences such as the use of a slim louvre panel in the front lid, revised radiator grille, and rectangular driving lights and side repeater lights. There were also some minor changes on the interior.