Lamborghini, known as the company of the raging bull, is an embodiment of what many people feel is the quintessential supercar maker. No other carmaker stirs the hearts of enthusiasts as much as Lamborghini. Since the Lamborghini Miura was unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Motorshow, the Sant’Agata-based automaker continues to churn out poster-worthy supercars. Their most popular model to date, the Lamborghini Gallardo, continued the supercar trend for the company for over a decade, being replaced by the Lamborghini Huracán for the 2014 model year. The Lamborghini Gallardo Service Guide will be a useful reference guide for owners looking to maintain and properly service their Gallardo.
Being the “baby” of the range, the Gallardo was more useable than it’s more powerful sibling, the Lamborghini Murciélago. During it’s ten-year production run, Lamborghini sold over 14,000 Gallardos worldwide, which to this day has made it the best-selling vehicle Lamborghini has ever produced. Many variants were spawn throughout it’s decade long tenure. There were essentially two generations being heavily revised in for the 2008 model year. However, the Lamborghini Gallardo Service Guide has the same maintenance intervals for both generations. The maintenance and service schedule will be outlined in the guide.
Gallardo Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch
The Lamborghini Gallardo uses a mid-mounted V10 engine. In the first generation Gallardo (2003-2007) used a 5.0L version with 500 hp, while the revised second generation used a larger, more powerful 5.2L version with around 550 hp. These were the two main engines, with model variants using tuned versions of these engines. The Gallardo was offered with either a manual 6-speed transmission or a 6-speed automated manual transmission, known as E-Gear. Both engines have the same service intervals as the 5.2L is a derivative of the original 5.0L engine.
The Lamborghini Gallardo Service Guide recommends this maintenance interval schedule:
In order to make sure that all components are working as they should, vehicle owners need to get a visual inspection of the entire vehicle during each service. The recommended maintenance schedule as outlined above mentions inspections that should be done in more depth at those intervals. The major services are done at every 30,000, which includes all recommended maintenance, with the exception of replacing the oxygen sensor.
Note that the Lamborghini Gallardo Service guide is recommending these if driven regularly on public roads. If the vehicle is tracked, wear and tear will be accelerated and should be serviced earlier and more frequently than the schedule outlined above.
Gallardo Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluid
In order to perform well on and off track, the Lamborghini Gallardo is equipped with serious brakes. Other than the high-performance Superleggera variant, Gallardos come standard with steel brakes, with carbon-ceramic brakes becoming an option in the second-generation cars (MY2008+). Depending on the driving conditions and driving style, brake wear will vary between vehicles. This is why it is important to inspect the brake wear at each service interval. Brake fluid must be changed every 2 years to ensure that the system isn’t contaminated with moisture, air or dirt.
The standard steel brakes are powered by 8 piston calipers up front and 4 piston calipers in the rear. They are 365 mm in the front and 335 in the rear. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes are larger with 380 mm up front and in the rear with 6-piston calipers at each corner. The benefit of carbon-ceramic brakes is that they are lighter, remove excess unsprung mass and generally tend to last much longer than their steel counterparts.
Gallardo Tires, Suspension & Alignment
Tires are also wearable items that need to be checked at every service interval. Unfortunately, many owners tend to ignore their tires. As they are the only part of your vehicle that are in contact with the ground, they affect handling, acceleration, braking, and crucially, safety. Wear will vary depending on driving conditions, driving style, and whether or not the vehicle is all-wheel drive or not.
The Lamborghini Gallardo comes with these tire sizes:
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Alignment can seriously affect both tire wear and the handling characteristics of a car. Therefore, it is imperative that the alignment is checked on a regular basis. The Lamborghini Gallardo Service Guide recommends checking camber, castor, and toe for tolerances within factory specification, or a custom specification if deemed necessary.
The suspension’s job is to not only keep a comfortable ride; it is also to provide optimal handling characteristics. Properly functioning suspension will keep alignment within specification in a straight line and in the corners. Moreover, this keeps the tires from wearing unevenly. At each service interval, it is recommended to check the suspension components for any squeaks, rattles, leakage, or play.