458 458 help to change front shock absorber with lifter

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by Smiley, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Smiley

    Smiley Rookie

    Dec 1, 2015

    I wonder if someone on here is able to give me some guidance with the below query please.

    I have a 458 with the front Lifter. I was going to put some Noivtec springs on it, I'm quite comfortable with taking off the shock myself and changing the springs, however I've noticed the suspension lifter is hydraulic on the front shocks, hence my basic question is, If I simply disconnect the banjo that connects the hydraulic line to the strut, what is the process for bleeding the system when I connect it back up? where is the reservoir and what fluid is used?

    any help greatly appreciated

    Thanks Miles
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  3. Smiley

    Smiley Rookie

    Dec 1, 2015
    Since posting the above I've managed to download a workshop manual, it states to bleed the hydraulic lifter system a DEIS Diagnostic tester is required, and to select "NSV Bleeding" on that diagnostic tool. this is obviously the Ferrari specific tool that costs an absolute fortune!

    So question now is: Does anyone know of a DIY way to bleed the lifter system? if not I suspect I'll be better off getting the whole spring change done by a specialist..

    Thanks Miles
  4. Jorligan

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  5. Smiley

    Smiley Rookie

    Dec 1, 2015
    Excellent.. Thanks, I didn't find that when I was searching, All looks a bit tight with the shock on the car, but I think I will give it a go as I definitely cant find how to DIY bleed the Hydraulics...
  6. RickH3

    RickH3 Rookie

    Feb 14, 2010
    I bled mine using a maxisys elite tool with a battery maintainer on the car, real pain. But all said and done I am not so sure I needed to do all that. Many other cars you simply run the pump after and the air will gravitate back to the reservoir. But it all works fine.
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