We are a top-rated local Ferrari repair services shop in Menlo Park, CA. We serve the greater San Francisco Peninsula, including Atherton, Daly City, Palo Alto, and Belmont. At M & R Auto, we specialize in servicing exotic vehicles like Ferraris. We understand the intricacies of these complex performance machines. Our expert technicians have extensive experience addressing common problems with various Ferrari models. Read on as we discuss some prevalent issues and how we expertly service Ferraris.



Brake Replacement

Your car’s braking system is the first line of defense in an impending accident. Driving a car with bad brakes puts the driver and other road users at risk of an accident. On the other hand, ensuring your vehicles have well-functioning brakes can save your life and other road users. Therefore, ensure your brakes are in good condition before driving.

A good braking system is important to a safe journey. At M & R Automotive Repair, we offer brake replacement services needed for the safe operation of the vehicle. We have expert technicians trained to fix your vehicle brakes. So you can be assured that your car is in safe hands.

SMOG Check

We are a STAR certified SMOG check station. If you need a smog check to register your vehicle in California, we can help. Give us a call if you have any questions about getting your vehicle smogged, or click the button below to schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in.

The Legendary Ferrari 458 Italia

It’s hard to rival the Ferrari 458 Italia when it comes to exotic looks, advanced technology, and sheer performance capabilities. Yet despite the flawless fusion it represents of these elements, the 458 is not immune to problems from time to time. These are three of the most common issues that cross our service bay:

Fuel Pump Failure

When the 458’s high strung, 4.5L naturally aspirated V8 powerplant fails to receive sufficient fuel, rough idling, sputtering acceleration, and even complete stalling can result. The root cause typically lies with fuel pumps that have given out. We thoroughly test the fuel system end-to-end, often needing to replace both the pumps themselves and connected hardware to fully restore smooth function.

Transmission Problems

In normal operation, the 7-speed dual clutch automated manual gearbox delivers lightning quick shifts. But worn clutch packs, fluid levels that have dropped over time, or glitchy sensors can lead to rough, hard gear changes or total transmission failure. We troubleshoot to pinpoint the exact problem, repairing or replacing the specific worn or faulty components to have you shifting gears flawlessly once again.

Faulty Suspension Systems

The sports tuned suspension endows the 458 with tenacious grip and eager turn-in not typical for such potent performance. But when critical dampers break down and sagging springs can no longer support the chassis, the compromises manifest as rough rides, loss of composure through corners, unusual tire wear patterns. Our solution returns these dynamic attributes to their balanced state through installing refreshed OEM or even upgraded suspension hardware.

The Grand Touring Ferrari California

The elegant Ferrari California combines sports car performance with refined luxury. Despite its well-engineered status, it too sees a few common problems:

Battery Draining

Many California owners report issues with batteries draining prematurely, even when the car sits unused for long periods. This leaves them stranded with a car that won’t start! Our technicians track down parasitic drains by disconnecting fuses one by one until we isolate the culprit electrical component drawing excess current when switched off. Replacing the part restores normal battery function.

Oil Leaks

Oil leaks in Ferraris often originate from worn seals and gaskets distorted by the heat of the powerful engines. We carefully examine the engine to pinpoint the source of leaks. We thoroughly clean up greasy residues before replacing only the affected seals and gaskets to prevent future drips while preserving engine life.

Clutch and Transmission Issues

The heavy clutch pedal and gated manual transmission demand supreme precision when shifting. But over time, clutch hydraulics and gear synchronizers wear out, resulting in uneven engagement and grinding gears. Our techs can restore buttery-smooth shifting feel by flushing the old fluid, replacing worn components, and properly adjusting the hydraulic release system.

The Groundbreaking LaFerrari Hybrid Hypercar

The LaFerrari represents Maranello’s ultimate technological statement by combining one of the world’s greatest12-cylinder engines with cutting-edge electric hybrid assist in a carbon fiber chassis. But even here, a few teething issues can arise:

Battery Pack Problems

The complex battery thermal management system keeps the hybrid system working at peak efficiency. Software glitches and hardware issues can hobble the system. We fully analyze error codes before updating software, refurbishing cooling hardware, or outright replacing battery modules as needed.

Hybrid Component Failure

The closely integrated gas and electric powertrains require precision calibration. Failure of components like inverters or electric motors totally disables the hybrid system, leaving owners with only the V12’s output for motivation. Our solutions range from firmware fixes to replacing whole inverter or motor assemblies.

The Open-Top 488 Spider Supercar

The Ferrari 488 Spider takes the thrilling turbocharged performance of the 488 GTB coupe and adds signature open-top styling. But operating a high-strung V8 without a roof also exposes some potential trouble spots:

Oil Leaks

Oil leaks commonly occur due to failed seals and gaskets distorted by extreme engine bay temperatures. We meticulously inspect the engine to find all leakage sources before replacing only affected seals and gaskets. This restores leak-free operation without unnecessary repairs.

Overheating Issues

The open cockpit reduces air routing efficiency to radiators. Combined with sports car aerodynamics generating lots of heat in the engine bay, overheating becomes more common. We upgrade cooling fans, modify ducting, replace faulty water pumps/thermostats, and tweak control software to improve temperature regulation.

Transmission Problems

The stunning open-top sports car experience depends on a properly operating dual-clutch gearbox to harness the engine’s power. But worn clutches, low fluid levels, and faulty sensors disrupt shifting. We troubleshoot issues and can repair or replace worn components to restore lightning-fast precise gear changes.

The Stylish Grand Touring Portofino

The Ferrari Portofino blends aggressive performance with comfort for long-distance cruising. But even long-legged GT cars like the Portofino can suffer few teething troubles:

Fuel System Issues

Problems with components like clogged fuel filters, failing pumps, and dirty injectors are prevalent. Symptoms like sputtering acceleration, reduced power, and decreased fuel economy point to fuel system troubles. We thoroughly test the system and replace worn parts like filters, pumps, and injectors to restore optimal performance.

Excessive Titanium Exhaust Leakage

The Portofino’s complex titanium exhaust system generates an awe-inspiring sound. But over years of heating and cooling cycles, warping causes leaks to develop at joints. Our technicians carefully inspect the exhaust, locate leaks, and then expertly reseal or replace cracked joints to stop fumes from entering the cabin.

Advanced Automotive Technicians for Exotic Vehicles

Ferraris represent the pinnacle of exotic vehicle engineering. But like any machinery, they occasionally suffer problems and require expert service. M & R Auto specializes in addressing issues with the most advanced performance vehicles. For any problems with your Ferrari models like the 458 Italia, California, LaFerrari, 488 Spider or Portofino, contact M & R Auto today to restore your exotic to peak condition!