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'The Book'

A real need to have for any Aston Martin enthusiast and prospective buyer.
Original description:

"It is crammed full with in-depth analysis of each model’s design and engineering, including - [ the VH platform, safety and DSC systems, engines, transmission, suspension, wheels, tyres, brakes, interior fit and function - full driving impressions - detailed reports on all the annual changes and improvements by model/ year - analysis of all the main options - details of the colour choices (inside and out) - a section on how to inspect the cars, what goes wrong and what to look for - An Aston Martin Specialist's views - real owner's reports, plus much more.] With full details on all Gaydon models released up until early 2018: Vantage N400/420/430 /GT/S / SP10 /AMR - V12 Vantage/S - GT8/12 - Rapide/S - Centenary & Q Editions - Zagato Models - Vanquish/S - DB9/ LM/SE/Carbon/GT/Bond - DB11 (V12 & V8) - new 19MY Vantage. With 2004-2019 model year information & an introduction to the Aston Martin’s Hypercars."

Tire Pressure for the V8 Vantage

Bridgestone RE050:
  • Front: 235/40 ZR 19 (92Y) AM9 - 2,3 Bar
  • Rear: 275/35 ZR 19 (96Y) AM9 - 2,5 Bar

Michelin Pilot Super Sport:
  • Front: 245/40 ZR19 98 XL (EL UHP FSL) - 2,2 Bar
  • Rear: 285/35 ZR19 103 XL (EL UHP FSL) - 2.3 Bar
    I currently use and love them, good when cold but need to warm up to produce get full grip. I managed to get 1,2G cornering!

OBD2 Scanner for Aston Martin

To my knowledge is the the 'Foxwell NT 510 Pro Aston Martin' the only OBD2 Scanner with special Aston Martin Software .

I bought it at Scantool UK for about 195 Pfund

Open the function list of the Foxwell AM-Software in a new window.
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OBD Error Code for the Exhaust Valves (Fuse 22)

P1488 is the stored error code for defunct exhaust valves. It will be stored when you remove fuse 22 (15 on newer cars)

Thermostat, car does not reach normal operating temperature

After some years the rubber gasket in the thermostat gets dislodged from it's seat and keeps the thermostat partially open. Your car will not reach its normal operating temperature, the temperature gauge will have the needle stay approximately in the 8 o'clock position, not in the 9 o'clock position as normal.
This is a tell tale that the thermostat is kaputt.
You find replacement thermostats on my Parts Page.
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Window Learn Procedere

It can happen that the windows forget their resting positions. A tell tale is that on opening a door the window does not wind down a bit. New programming of the fully open and closed position rectifies this problem.

  1. Get in the drivers seat, close the doors and windows.
  2. Put Key (ECU) to ON
  3. Press and hold the drivers window switch to wind down the window, upon reaching its bottom position keep holding the switch for 5 more seconds, maybe you will hear a faint click sound.
  4. Press and hold the window switch to wind up the window, upon reaching its top position keep holding the switch for 5 more seconds, maybe you will hear a faint click sound
  5. Repeat points 3 to 4 for the passenger side window from either switch pack.
  6. Test correct function.

All done.

Bedding in of new Brake Pads

Select a suitable road where you could perform the procedure safely and within the speed limits.

  1. 4-6 Brake applications from 150Km/h to 80Km/h using medium pedal pressure, allow 300m to 400m between the brakings for cooling.


  2. One braking from 180Km/h to 80Km/h apply high pedal pressure, do not lock the wheels. 3-4 cool down brake applications with light pedal pressure, then 500m for further cooling

  3. Repeat point 2 another 2 to 3 times.

This is just one of many different ways to bed in new pads, it worked fine for me, well maybe I skipped the "within the speed limit" part.

Bespoke Jack Pads for Aston Martin Cars

As I am lifting my car quite often, I was looking for decent jack pads to replace my ice hockey puck. Finally I found Steve who makes bespoke jack pads at a very reasonable price and perfect fit. I did send him an email and ordered a set for my V8V which I received quickly, and I was astonished by the quality. He machines them out of a special rubber block and even added a center guide - perfect.

You can contact Steve and Mary at ObscureSteveMary if you like to get them for your car.

At the time I write this Steve has four different types for Aston Martins:

Type AM1:
Aston Martin Vantage V8 Coupè Pre2009 and V8 N400.
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Type AM2:
Aston Martin DB9 and Vantage V8 ProDrive.
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Type AM3:
Aston Martin DBS
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Type AM4:
Aston Martin Vantage V8 Coupè (2009+) and V8 Roadster
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