Cleaning the Wheel Rims on your Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9 Road WheelThe DB9 comes with a beautiful set of OEM aluminum alloy wheels.  They are a 10 spoke unit made by Speedline.  8.5×19 upfront and 9.5×19 in the rear.

During normal washing of the car it’s easy to get the face of the wheel clean, but more difficult to get the large surfaces behind the spokes.  Sure, you can use a wheel brush and do your best, but they are never perfect.

Aston Martin DB9 Dirty Inner Wheel Rim
Dirty Inner Rim

Whenever I have a wheel off the car (for example during an annual service), I take the opportunity to clean both the inside and outside of the rims much more thoroughly.

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Changing the Air Filters on your Aston Martin DB9

Changing the Air Filters on your DB9 is a pain in the ass.  Swapping the filters themselves is easy (a 10 minute task), but there is a good deal of preparation work to tackle first.   I’ve done posts and video’s on all the steps:

Right hand airbox on an Aston Martin DB9After the liner is removed, you can find the air box at the bottom of the wheel well in front of the road wheel.

Once you have access to the air box, it’s actually pretty simple.  The only tools you’ll need are an 8mm 6-point socket and a 6″ extension and ratchet.

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Bonus Tour inside the Wheel Wells with Liners Removed on an Aston Martin DB9

Airbox, Headlamps, and air intake pipe on an Aston Martin DB9This is a fairly frivolous post, but gives me a place to put the videos and photos I took when I had the front plastic inner wheel well arch liners removed (see my other post on how to remove them).

I find that if I can see a photo (or video) of what to expect when I am gearing up to tackle a project, I am better prepared.   Trying to help you with “If only I had a picture of what was behind that to know if I should …..”

Maybe there will be something you’ll spot in these to help you with your project.

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Removing the Front Inner Wheel Well Arch Liner on an Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9 Front Wheel Arch Liner Parts DIagramSeveral service issues on your DB9 require you to remove the plastic inner wheel well arch liner so you can access hidden components.   The most common reason is when you change your Air Filter as part of an annual service.

The technique is the same for both the right and left sides.

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Refilling the Oil in your Aston Martin DB9

Pouring OilOne of the final steps in the Oil change service on your DB9 is to refill the oil.   Okay, Okay, I hear you laughing about this too (is he going to tell us which end of the funnel goes down?).  No, but there are just a few bits of advice to share (including that the narrow end of the funnel goes down ;>).

Refill the Oil BEFORE you reinstall the front under tray.  You need to be able to check the sump drain plug and filter for leaks, so leave the tray off for now.

Remember that your Oil Filter is empty, so there is a void in the system.  This requires that you refill in essentially 2 stages. Continue reading “Refilling the Oil in your Aston Martin DB9”

Installing the Throttle Body on an Aston Martin DB9

Throttle body on Aston Martin DB9Presumably you’ve recently removed your Throttle Body on your DB9 as part of another service event.   Reinstalling it is pretty much as simple as reversing the steps you followed to remove it, but with just a few Tips I can add here.

I definitely recommend that you clean the throttle body any time you happen to have it removed from the car.  Only takes a few minutes. Continue reading “Installing the Throttle Body on an Aston Martin DB9”

Cleaning the Throttle Body of your Aston Martin DB9

Dirty Throttle Body Aston Martin DB9
Dirty buildup on Throttle Body

Periodically the two Throttle Body assemblies on your DB9 may need cleaning.   Cleaning is simple, and when you have them off for the annual oil change service, you might as well give them some love.

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Changing the Oil Filter on your Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9 Oil FilterChanging the Oil Filter on your DB9 is an annual event, part of the 1 year and 2 year service requirements.   Changing this filter is a giant pain in the ass.  The position of the filter is very difficult to reach, and you’ll spend a considerable amount of time preparing.

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Removing the Throttle Body from your Aston Martin DB9

Throttle body on Aston Martin DB9
Throttle Body

Removing one of the two throttle bodies on a DB9 is perhaps the easiest service task you can do on the car.   Right at the top of the engine, and its relatively easy to access all the connections.   The fact that it is in this position also makes it necessary to remove the throttle body for many other service items, essentially to get it out of the way so you can get to other stuff.  The most common reason is to change the Oil Filter on LHD cars.   The process will take less than 10 minutes.

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