Engine Noise While Idling or After Cold Start on Jaguar XK8

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.

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Average mileage: 63,150 (61,300–65,000)
4 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
7 people reported this problem
2 people shared problem details
Replaced tensioner and Then noise began.
1997 Jaguar XK861,300
Possible timing chain tensioner problem.
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