Top 20 1997 Jaguar XK8 Questions & Answers


first job is to check the part load and main beather hoses are ok the stability system light may be a false indicator if the engine has stalled best is to get fault codes out of the ecm with a code reader to help but air leaks on the engine inlet side can cause strange/seeming unrelated symptoms

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The Owner's Manual should tell you what the "S" is for.
It could be for Service, which would mean you need work done on the car.
It could be something as simple as a Tune-up, or more complicated such as a sensor going bad to the really complicated repair of needing a new timing belt.

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the age of your car suggests a throttle body problem. the the logged fault codes i think will confirm this

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the cause of this is the pollen / cabin filter, renew it and it will cure the problem

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I understand they are not adjustable in the normal sense and are self leveling via a servo motor that determines the ride attitude and moves the lights accordingly. Find a jag owners forum as to what to do next.

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the level plug is on the rh side of gearbox just above exhaust 8mm allen head, get oil temp warm between 30 to 50 degrees c get assistant to move gear lever through all positions remove plug a small amount of oil should exit from level plug hole. if not top up with the correct oil

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Batteries that are on the way out will give false malfunction signals. Replace your battery before doing anything else.

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Two possibilities. One the brake switch is bad. Press the brake pedal and see if you have brake lights. No lights replace the switch at the brake pedal. Next is the solenoid at the shifter. Most times you have to buy the entire shifter to get the solenoid.

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Did you correctly diagnose the trans problem in the first place? I think you need to get hold of the installer and see what they did or get a proper workshop manual. Have you a Jag specialist you could talk to? Or is he the one who rebuilt your trans?

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"Vapor lock" is a condition that occurs when fuel becomes heated to the point of evaporation. If your vehicle is truly vapor locking, it means that something hot is coming in contact with your fuel line somewhere, overheating the gasoline to the point of it vaporizing. This is HIGHLY UNLIKELY. If you truly do have a vapor lock condition, find out where the fuel is becoming heated and fix that condition.
On a 1997 Jaguar XK8, it is FAR more likely that you have a bad fuel pressure regulator or a bad ICU.

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It is located under the panel in front of windscreen

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We can't give that

Your asking for a guess at the unknown

You get to the shop & into the service bay &
be part of the solution & get your answers up
close & in person,your paying,get the education

Doesn't matter how it runs to you

You have fault codes & a repair to be made

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There's an electric solenoid that locks the gear selector. It is controlled by the vehicle computer. The vehicle computer checks to see that you're good to go (engine running) before releasing the gear shift solenoid. I had the vehicle computer go bad on me one day and the vehicle gear selector was locked in park. Towed my XK8 to a Jaguar dealer, a recycled vehicle computer installed, and solenoid release worked again for my car.

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First does the light on the switch on the console light up? It's behind the gearshift, not on the dash or steering wheel. If not, check your fuse box then check the switch. If it lights up, then your cruise control is also connected through your brake light switch. I suggest renewing it before proceeding further. If it still doesn't work, there is a vacuum "T" on the passenger side of the throttle body, (US car that is), near your fuel rail and regulator. It feeds the regulator and the cruise control vacuum servo's in back of the front passenger side wheel well. Check this "T" for leaks. Make sure the vacuum servo (the big shiny chrome one on top of the throttle body, is connected. The error is probably electrical, not vacuum since it's bringing up a light on the dash.

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common prob. with early xk is the hood fluid turning to jelly, the answer is to clean out the system. ie pipework, resovoir etc. to open the hood, open the valve on the pump, located in boot rh, remove blanking plug in headlining. use allen key to release forward hood latch,the hood can then be worked manually.to change the fluid you have to remove the forward hood latch. disconnect pipes, press the hood switch to pump out the old fluid,remove the pump and drain out the old fluid, work the hood manually 3 or 4 times to extract the remaining old fluid, the correct fluid to put back is pentosill it will bleed itself.if this is not the cause of the prob. then its electrical. go to a auto electrician you will need a wiring diagram of the system to sort that out, its got loads of relays e.t.c. and is controlled through the body processor module.

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Check transmission fluid level Almost all transmission slip problems originate from not enough fluid

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the item you are talking about is the cover for the headlamp washer jet has it got headlamp wash? if so the washer jet has fallen off the headlamp and dropped in the bumper liner, the cover clips on to end of jet if it does not have headlamp wash the cover has 2 clips one on each side but they break and fall off in that case we use epoxy glue to refit it

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Jerry, this is an older request, but I will try to help trouble shoot it for you. First, check the fuses for the top. Your manual should show you where it is, or which one it is, but the fuse box is in the passenger cabin. If that is okay, then you'll have to remove the switch and unplug it. With a small wire "jumper" jump the terminal at the wiring harness. One is hot, the other, usually the black wire, is ground. Does the top motor activate? If yes, it is the switch (most common) if not, it could be the motor. Unless you are a very good DIY'er, this is as far as you might go without experienced help. Wires could be pinched, the motor could be bad, or the pump might be dead. Lots of things from that point on, (mice chewing wires- frequent for a car stored over a winter). The switch is the most replaced, tough. Pray for the easy fix! Let us know what you do to resolve this (or what you did to resolve it back in March 2014)

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The dealer will have a clear adhesive they recommend and sell over their parts counter. If they do not, ask the person behind the counter, and quite often they will have a recommendation. I might use clear silicone, but I'd prefer the recommended adhesive. Good luck and let us know your outcome so others may share.

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