Jaguar XK8 Repair and Maintenance
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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.
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...
I drive a jaguar XK8 1998 convertible. The car is driven often, pretty much every day. There was a hurricane with a lot of rain, and when I got in the car, there was condensation on the inside. The car starts normally but the dashboard lights don't come on, so the car won't shift gears. I...
Jaguar XK8 RecallsIncorrect Assembly of Accelerator Pedal may Increase Risk of Accidents
On certain vehicles the accelerator pedal arms were incorrectly assembled. Causing the clearance between the accelerator and the brake pedal to be reduced. This may cause you to step on both the pedals simultaneously and cause a crash. The pedal may also get stuck on the pedal stop, causing a dangerous situation. Dealer will inspect and replace accelerator pedal assembly. The Jaguar recall # is R847
On certain vehicles with automatic transmissions, with a forward "Drive" gear selected and the vehicle stationary or in forward motion, the transmission could potentially select "Reverse" without warning. This could result in a crash. Dealers will reprogram the Transmission Control Module to fix the issue. The recall began on May 1, 2004. The Jaguar recall number is R513.