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Aston Martin DB9 Common Problems and Solutions

Rattle From Front End

Problem:

You can hear a rattling noise coming from the front of the car when driving.

Models affected:

Solution:

One of the recalls for the DB9, the rattling sound is coming from the subframe mounting bushes and the anti-roll bar bushes. You'll only need to replace the bushes rather than the whole subframe and anti-roll bar, and you can find the relevant bushes easily in our online store.

Difficulty level

2

SatNav Failure

Problem:

The SatNav has stopped working, although the screen still turns on.

Models affected:

Solution:

This should only happen if you've had the DB9 for a few years, but the SatNav is notorious for premature wear. You can order a new SatNav from our parts page for the DB9, and it's an easy installation job.

Difficulty level

1

Part you need

Sat Nav System

Part required

Sat Nav System

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Parking Brake is loose

Problem:

You're having to pull the parking lever higher and higher to get it to engage.

Models affected:

Solution:

This caused a recall by Aston Martin, so this should only affect your DB9 if the work hasn't already been carried out. If you're finding the parking lever faulty, then you can take it apart and tighten the cable, but in the majority of cases, a new parking brake unit will need to be installed, which we always have available to order.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Handbrake Lever

Part required

Handbrake Lever

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AC Failure

Problem:

The AC is getting weaker and may stop working altogether.

Models affected:

Solution:

This is one of the most common issues reported by DB9 owners, so it's something to keep an eye out for. If it starts to wear out, then you will be able to find a new aircon system in the BreakerYard store, and although it's a tricky system to install, it's more straightforward than on other makes of luxury cars.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Aircon Unit

Part required

Aircon Unit

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Broken Stereo

Problem:

The Linn stereo has stopped working.

Models affected:

Solution:

Unfortunately, the Linn stereo in the DB9 is very cool, but it is known to break very quickly in some models. It's not something that you can repair either, and you'll need to order a replacement from our parts list.

Difficulty level

1

Hot Seats

Problem:

One or all of the seats is getting hotter and hotter when the seat warmer is turned on.

Models affected:

Solution:

This is being caused by a failed seat heater ECU. Not only can this end up causing burns on the seated occupants, but it can also result in a fire. In some cases, once the seat warmer has been turned on, it may not be possible to turn it off. You'll have to replace the electronic control module for the seat heaters, but we always have replacements available to order.

Difficulty level

2

Loss Of Steering Control

Problem:

You are losing steering control, and it's getting worse the more that you drive.

Models affected:

Solution:

Only affecting a few cars built between 2007 and 2008, this is being caused by a cracked front bottom arm cam bolt, which is allowing the suspension to move more than it should. You'll need to find a complete front lower control arm in our store to resolve the issue, but installation is relatively easy.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Control Arm

Part required

Control Arm

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Car Suddenly Goes Into Idle When Driving

Problem:

You're driving along as normal when the car suddenly drops into idle. This could result in an accident if you're on a busy road or motorway.

Models affected:

Solution:

The accelerator arm on some DB9s can get very weak very quickly and will then break when you least expect it. It's a good idea to replace the pedal arm even if you have not encountered this issue, and you can have a new accelerator pedal arm delivered when you order from our parts list.

Difficulty level

2

Door Lock Malfunction

Problem:

The car doors can't be opened from the inside once they have been locked from the outside.

Models affected:

Solution:

This only affects DB9s built between 2010 and 2012, and even then, it won't be every car. If it does affect your DB9 then it's going to be a case of ordering a new set of door lock mechanisms from the BreakerYard store and fitting the new locks on all affected doors.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Door Lock Mechanism

Part required

Door Lock Mechanism

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Reading these common Aston Martin DB9 problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Aston Martin DB9 – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Aston Martin DB9 does have one of these issues.