Normally you can get into your DB9, insert the key and touch the ‘Start’ button and the car immediately roars to life. It’s one of the sweet pleasures of owning an Aston Martin. But, what if you wanted to deliberately crank over the engine without it starting? “Steve – you’re crazy man – why would you ever want to do that?” Continue reading “How to Crank the Engine without Starting (deliberately) in an Aston Martin DB9”
Part of both the 1 year and 2 year annual service routines for your DB9 should be inspecting the suspension components. The rubber bushings that hold the sway bar (a.k.a. anti-roll bar or stabilizer bar) in place can begin to wear out, and when they do your handling over bumps and in the corners can degrade. Checking the bushings is easy enough once you have access. Continue reading “Inspecting the Sway Bar/Anti-Roll Bar Bushings in an Aston Martin DB9”
At least twice a year you probably need to adjust the time on your DB9 dash clock (with the changes for daylight savings time). Or maybe you’ve had your battery disconnected for a service event and the clocks time is off. Personally I think the clock keeps accurate time, I’ve never needed to tweak the time due to it drifting on its own.
Changing the time is very simple and probably doesn’t warrant a post and video, but since it’s officially part of the Aston Martin Annual Service routine I thought I would do a quick one – some people are visual learners and are encouraged when they see others do it.
Just below the clock to the right and left are two small holes (with recessed adjustment buttons). The left hand one turns the time backward. The right hand one turns the time forward (all without 1.21 jigawatts of power and a flux capacitor!).
There are lots of reasons you might Torque the Wheel Nuts on your DB9, but its anytime you’ve had a wheel removed or perhaps you are getting ready for a track day and should double check they are properly torqued. I can tell you there is absolutely a wrong way to do it – just using an impact wrench and hammering them on until the gun stops turning. Read on to learn the right way. Continue reading “Torqueing the Wheel Nuts on an Aston Martin DB9”
Not every topic is all that exciting, but lowering your DB9 down off Jack Stands safely is important. When you are to this point in a service project you are usually in a hurry just to get the car back on the ground and be done, but spend 1 minute and read on for a couple of quick tips I can share from my experience. Continue reading “Lowering your Aston Martin DB9 Off Jack Stands”
There are a myriad of reasons you might have taken a Road Wheel off your DB9, but eventually it needs to go back on. I know, I hear you laughing, how hard can this be. It’s not hard, but there are a few tips I can share to help you get it done just the way Aston Martin wants. Continue reading “Installing a Road Wheel on an Aston Martin DB9”
I found that it’s pretty much the reversal of the removal steps (check out my post on how to remove it), but I did learn a few things along the way when I did it. You essentially have one really large sheet of aluminum to hold up while you install about 40 bolts. Challenging to maneuver, and tedious to replace all those bolts. Continue reading “Installing the Front Under Tray on an Aston Martin DB9”
I’ve used the official Aston Martin Vehicle Inspection Checklist as my guide on what we should be checking. You can see a copy of it here.
Check out my other posts and videos relating to your tires:
Checking the Tire Pressures
You should check the tire pressures when they are cold (after the car has been sitting for several hours). Tire temperatures go up under normal driving, and this heat increases the tire pressure (which is normal). All the specifications are for measuring and adjusting the tires pressures when they are cold. Continue reading “Checking the Tire Pressures on an Aston Martin DB9”
You might be inspecting the tires on your DB9 occasionally or as part of your Annual Service. Aston Martin wants us to check more than just the tire pressures, and I think that’s a good idea. We depend on these tires to keep us safe.
The DB9 is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that includes Tire Pressure Sensors (TPS) mounted to each wheel. They are an integral part of the air valve. You’ll notice that each of your air valves has a colored ring around it, either Red, Green, Blue or Yellow. In your trunk / boot is a mysterious little box with LEDs. This is the TPMS indicator panel, and if you ever get a warning indication on the dash, you’ll need to check the LED’s and see which color is lit, and that’s the tire with the issue.