Reasons for removing the cooling fans and the radiator:
1. Radiator replacement
2. Condensor replacement
3. Cooling fans replacement
4. Access to the front of the engine e.g changing the timing chains and tensioners
5. Good access to the lower cross member which is a bad area for corrosion
This method avoids the need to remove the pipework for the AC condensor. If the condensor is to be removed this would require the de-gassing and then the re-gassing of the AC system.
Jaguar XK8 Fuel Pump Replacement (and Fuel Tank Removal)
Save time and Money by following this clear video guide on How to remove a fuel tank on an XK8 XKR (X100)
Jaguar XKR 4..0 Yellow Engine Light On Problem
READ MORE BELOW HOW A FRUSTRATING PROBLEM WITH ENGINE HESITATION AND MISFIRING WAS IN THE END A RELATIVELY SIMPLE PROBLEM TO SOLVE
If one day you see that oil has been leaking from the gearbox on your XKR 4.0 it is likely that this is from the in-line electrical connector on the front right hand corner of the transmission. This will be due to 'O' ring failure. When doing this job I would also treat the gearbox to a filter and oil change if not done already. The image below shows the new replacement connector JLM21109 with O rings which were the cause of the leak on the old part.
In Line Connector JLM21109
READ MORE BELOW how this was replaced on Ian's 1999 XKR 4.0 with only 43,000 miles on the clock.
When we supply our good value service kits for this gearbox (filter, gasket and correct spec oil) I am often asked where the fluid fill location point is. It is not easy to locate when you are in a cramped confined area working underneath the car. As the diagram below shows this is as the right hand side rear of the gearbox
See below useful info on the fluid fill location on the ZF 5HP24 auto gearbox as fitted to the 4.0 engines XK8 and XJ8 cars