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#2780 of 2806 Re: Jaguar 2000 XJ8-L - Chain Tensioner Replacement [marsha7]
Jul 26, 2010 (11:51 am)
Thanks for responding. Yea, I did some checking today and my friend says his father has a mechanic that works on nothing but Jags, and works on his all the time, so I'm going to give him a call. I had a neighborhood mechanic just come look and listen to it yesterday, and he says he thinks it's either the power steering pulley or the air compressor pulley. He says he sees little metal flakes flying off the pulley when the steering wheel is turned. Another friend said sometimes pulley's do that anyway and that my belt might not be tight enough. Either way, I'm going to try my hardest to stay away from the dealerships. They are notorious for ripping folks off. I've got a 1990 300 SEL Mercedes I'm able to use for back-up. I had been riding around in it without any air for the longest before I got the Jag, and all it needed was a good charge. She's old and rides a little rough and stiff, but she's reliable, so I've got a little time to deal with the Jag issue.
#2781 of 2806 Re: Jaguar 2000 XJ8-L - Chain Tensioner Replacement [denham]
Jul 26, 2010 (11:53 am)
Thanks! Check out my other post reply so you can see what I was able to find out, thus far!
Jul 30, 2010 (12:46 pm)
Went to that site.....is that 2011 Jag on there?
#2784 of 2806 Re: Jaguar 2000 XJ8-L - Chain Tensioner Replacement [denham]
Aug 11, 2010 (9:51 am)
Hi Dennis. While trying to get someone to look at my car, after sitting in the driveway for about 2-weeks, I went to start it up. You know how when a car hasn't been started in awhile it may not turn over the first time. Well that happened, and when I went to start it again, it didn't turn over at all.....just makes a flat sound like when it's not getting any juice or when the starter goes out. The battery is fine though. I've had a few people look at it and one guy says it doesn't sound like it's getting any compression...which I didn't want to hear. A better source of mine told me he doesn't think it's anything to do with the engine. He says he thinks it could be electrical or the timing chain or belt is broke or is out of time...whatever all that means. If it is the timing belt, is that the same as the chain tensioners we were talking about before?
#2785 of 2806 Re: Jaguar 2000 XJ8-L - Chain Tensioner Replacement [tracy50]
Aug 12, 2010 (7:22 am)
From what I read, your engine maybe locked, and if so do not try and start or turn the
engine over as you can end up with much damage or engine replacement. Now I would remove the valve covers and check the timing chain tensioners before doing anything.
If you try and start the engine with a valve out of order from a failed tensioner get ready for another engine. If you find a failed tensioner do not remove the chain from the cam shaft (important) unless you have the new tensioner ready to install and mark the chain and cam shaft gear before removing the cam shaft. Compression is when a engine turns over and will not start, maybe valves out of order or engine worn out and will not compress fuel mixture when spark is received.
#2786 of 2806 Re: Jaguar 2000 XJ8-L - Chain Tensioner Replacement [denham]
Aug 12, 2010 (8:49 am)
Thanks Dennis. I had a close friend, who is a great mechanic but doesn't know much about Jags, look at the vehicle and examined several possible aspects of what the car was and wasn't doing, and he's convinced it's not the chain tensioners due to something was still functioning in the engine. But he said I just need to find a shop that knows what they're doing and put it in. You'd be surprised at how many places here in Birmingham do not work on Jags, other than the dealers, which is what I'm trying to avoid. I've gotten a couple of recommendations, so I'm just gonna have to bite the bullet. I expected some possible problems down the road with this vehicle, but not this soon after purchasing it. I did a carfax on the vehicle before purchasing it, and the carfax report was extremely encouraging. The only thing that had to be replaced on the vehicle was the horribly placed cup holder. I can see someone really getting fed up with that thing popping out all the time as soon as an elbow hit that button, and just snatching it off its springs.
I'll be sure and keep you up on my progress, or lack there of, with regards to the Jags repairs. Thanks for all your help....you've been very imformative, and I really appreciate it.
#2788 of 2806 Hood latch passanger side won't release.
Sep 15, 2010 (6:52 pm)
1998 XJ Vanden Plas Cable to passanger side of vehicle appears to be disconnected, need help on access to repair. looked in wheel well but see no access port
Sep 19, 2010 (5:15 am)
I have a leaking sunroof drain line on the driver's side of my 2001 XJ8. How can I repair this leak as the drain line appears to be broken? Can I replace this drain line and with what? When it rains the driver's side floor mats get wet, both front and back.