1997 Jaguar XK8 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Jaguar XK8
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1997 Jaguar XK8 ProblemsFlush Hydraulic Fluid to Fix Problems Opening/Closing Convertible Top
Problems when opening or closing the convertible top may be fixed by flushing the hydraulic fluid and replacing it with an improved Jaguar fluid.
The thermostat may stick partially closed resulting in an engine to overheating condition. Replacement of the stuck thermostat should correct this problem.
On this V8 engine, timing chain problems are very common. Because the timing chain tensioners were made from plastic, they can fail prematurely and cause serious engine damage. A noticeable engine noise while idling or during a cold start can indicate a timing chain tensioner problem. The engine noise may also be accompanied by a rough or uneven engine idle. Improved components are available to remedy this problem.
1997 Jaguar XK8 QuestionsHow do I get in my locked trunk to get and replace disconnected battery? (1 answer)
I disconnected my dead battery in order to take it to battery shop for replacement while waiting for ride to take me to dealer. I had closed my trunk in the meantime, but now can not get in the trunk - my remote and trunk release in vehicle do not work with battery disconnected. Obviously, ther...
Replaced front speed sensors -lights still on-then replaced rear wheels with ones off front--still on. Pattern is inconsistent--sometimes at starting on-then goes off-but most of time on. Sometimes when not on, will come on and I feel a very slight slipping sensation.
Any ideas would be appreci...