Last post on Dec 26, 2009 at 3:51 PM
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Jaguar XK-Series, Engine, Coupe, Convertible
#19 of 29 jaguar xk8 timing chain
Apr 22, 2008 (3:03 pm)
I have a 1999 xk8 convertible - 103K miles - have had her for 5 years and drive her lightly - do regular maintenance. Recently, I had it tuned-up and serviced and took it on a trip to the Outer Banks - approx. 400 miles - ran great - 26.6 miles per gallon. Did minimal driving thru the vacation week as 2 family members brought off road vehicles which we used. The day of departure, the Jag would not "turn" - the engine made a horrendous grinding noise. I had the car towed to the neares Jag dealer in VA Beach - unfortunately, it was a weekend and I was forced to return home w/o the car. They told me it was "flooded" - but, the timing chain and tensioners were ready to go - at a qoute of 3K for the repair - I decided to have the car shipped home and consult locally for diagnostic. There was no prior problems w/ the car - it has never left me sit. Any thoughts on this? What has anyone else been quoted for the repair?
Thanks - any input would be helpful
#20 of 29 2000 XK8 Tensioners
Jun 16, 2008 (5:27 pm)
Bought 2000 new and now has 92K well maintained and enjoyed miles on it.
Starting to get expensive to maintain (average $4K/yr) without inspecting/replacing the tensioners. Have not decided to replace or to sell the car.
Been a joy to own and drive on long trips.
Will miss it as it is the best car I have ever owned.
The new ones are not as pretty and they are up to $15K higher than I bought mine for some 9 years ago. As I go to dealerships of different manufacturers, I can not find a 2008 car I like as well as my 2000 XK8.
BTW, for those who haven't, plugging your IPOD into the cassette player is a real treat on the top notch stereo system that is still much better than my Lexus top of the line system.
#21 of 29 engin lights off and on
Jun 25, 2008 (12:18 pm)
lights come on and say." Stability failed,and Traction failed. What does it mean,and do I have to have it checked. My Jag is a VDP 1999
#22 of 29 Re: engin lights off and on [rgh2]
Sep 22, 2008 (5:00 am)
I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 98 XK8.WHEN I UNPLUG THE ABS MODULE AND REPLUG IT GOES AWAY FOR AWHILE. WHAT IS POSSIBLE PROBLEM?....BOB
#23 of 29 '97 XK8 maintenance manual
Oct 14, 2008 (4:51 pm)
As the proud new owner (2 weeks and counting) of an immaculate '97 XK8 coupe, 32k miles from new, I am in the process of equiping myself with tools and knowledge to do some level of routine maintenance myself.
I have seen on Ebay, a selection of workshop manuals on CD. Some claim to be factory certified others don't. Any guidance here would be appreciated.
I have also read the past posts on the infamous chain tensioner situation with interest. I have the full service records for my car and it doesn't appear the upgrade has been done. It runs like a dream currently without the slightest hint of a rattle, even on cold start. Is it possible to do an inspection of the current tensioners to assess their condition, or is the fatigue failure such that there is no visual evidence until it fails?
Finally for this post, my driver side headlamp has moisture in it. Are these sealed units or is it possible to get the unit out to dry out the interior?
Thanks for any guidance you guys can provide.
#24 of 29 Re: engin lights off and on [rgh2]
Nov 08, 2008 (9:29 am)
HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 98 XK8...LOOK AT THE GROUND WIRES AT THE FRT CALIPERS ...MINE WERE BROKE AND HAVEN'T HAD PROBLEM SINCE.
Jan 21, 2009 (2:35 pm)
I have a 98 XK8 with 58,000 miles. The tensioners were replaced about 5000 miles ago at a repair shop (not a Jag dealer) that I now have low confidence in and worry that it was not repaired properly. I am now experiencing a valve noise that only shows up after the engine is warmed up. This is not a rattling noise, but more a tapping sound that tracks the engine rpms. Could this be something related to the tensioners or do I need a valve job? Thanks for any suggestions.
#26 of 29 2000 Jaguar XJ8-L Tensioner Replacement
Sep 19, 2009 (9:43 am)
I am the original owner of this Jaguar. It only has 70000 miles and been regularly maintained by the local dealer. Never had any issue until a week ago where upon starting the car I got a very rough start. I brought the car to the dealer and they indicated that there it is related to Tensioner which might be broken and the cost $2700 to have everything checked and replaced. I was very shocked and found this article online: http://www.jagservice.net/jaguar_v8_secondary_tensioners.htm I brought up the issue to the dealer and they tried the local market manager of Jaguar to pay for part/all of it and he refused. Jaguar customer care was not helpful and did not do anything. My extended warranty ran out end of 2006, but could have had everything checked out if it was still under that warranty. As I understand it, this is a known problem and Jaguar is aware of it. They have 3 times changed the tensioner series and the latest is no longer plastic (made out of metal) put on 2005 and above. I would like to write an email or letter to Jaguar's President Gary Temple to complain. Anyone has his email or any other suggestions.
#27 of 29 Re: Early XK8 chain tensioners [gwendolyn]
Dec 26, 2009 (3:51 pm)
I have been researching the whole tensioner issue (a tensioner is what keeps the timing chain tight if it break your screwed) and have found that if yours has not been replaced you should have it done ASAP. You should be able to contact the dealer and have them run your VIN to see if it was done. An independent may done it but I would have it checked