Power Steering Fluid for an Aston Martin DB9

(NOT me at the wheel)

Did you know that all Gaydon era Aston Martins (DB9, Vantage, DBS, Vanquish) use a hydraulic power steering system like many modern cars.  Since it is hydraulic, that means it has hydraulic fluid, or more commonly described as Power Steering Fluid.   Like any fluid in your car it can break down or leak away, so checking the fluid level should be part of every Annual Service.  If you discover that the fluid level is low, the next question is what do you top it off with?  Early model DB9’s even have an issue with the original fluid they used.   Read on to learn what the correct fluid is and what the issue was with early cars. Continue reading “Power Steering Fluid for an Aston Martin DB9”

Coolant for an Aston Martin DB9 V12

A long time ago choosing the correct coolant for a car used to be easy.  Water.  Then along came glycol based antifreeze like Prestone and it was still easy- put the green stuff in.  The situation today is considerably different with Blue, Green, Pink, Red and even Orange coolants.   Generally the colors indicate a different standard, but you can’t count on the color alone any more.

According to Aston Martin the coolant in V12 engines should be changed every Five (5) years as part of your annual service.  The question is – Changed with what?   Read on to learn more. Continue reading “Coolant for an Aston Martin DB9 V12”

Engine Oil for an Aston Martin DB9

Choosing the brand of Engine Oil appears to be a religious decision for some.  Not just Aston Martin owners, but with car enthusiasts everywhere.  From Mobil 1, to Motul, Castrol, Royal Purple, and even generic cheapo brands the forum discussions run the gamut hot and heavy.   I take a more pragmatic approach to it – What does Aston say is best for it?  In this article I’ll take you on a quick FACT based tour of the requirements for the V12 engine (note this is not the same for the V8’s in the Vantage).  If you want the short version to skip the reading, just use Mobil 1 0W-40 like Aston recommends.  Read on for the why…. Continue reading “Engine Oil for an Aston Martin DB9”

Changing the Wiper Blades on an Aston Martin DB9

Deteriorated Drivers Side Blade with Winglet

Whether you drive a Toyota Corolla or a DB9, eventually you need to change your wiper blades.  They are made of rubber, and rubber deteriorates.  Time, Sunlight, Dry Climates all take their toll on it.  In any normal car changing your wiper blades isn’t rocket science, but of course in an Aston, there is a bit of a trick to it.  This article will share the tricks so you can do it quick! Continue reading “Changing the Wiper Blades on an Aston Martin DB9”

How to Crank the Engine without Starting (deliberately) in an Aston Martin DB9

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”

Inspecting the Sway Bar/Anti-Roll Bar Bushings 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”

Adjusting the Time on the Clock in an Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9 ClockAt 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.

Flux Capacitor
Flux Capacitor

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!).

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Torqueing the Wheel Nuts on an Aston Martin DB9

Torquing a Road Wheel on an Aston Martin DB9There 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”

Lowering your Aston Martin DB9 Off Jack Stands

Aston Martin DB9 on Jack StandsNot 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”

Installing a Road Wheel on an Aston Martin DB9

Installing the Road Wheel on an Aston Martin DB9There 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”