There’s something thrilling about getting a little bit of ‘posh’ for not a lot of dosh (that rhymes, we should trademark that). This is especially the case when it comes to cars. Yeah, buying something for big money when it’s showroom fresh is nice, but waiting for a bit and buying the same car for a bargain price is always better. Especially if it’s a luxury car, as that feels like even more of a win. Take the Jaguar XK8 for example. A car that would have once cost north of £40k can now be had for under £10k, and that’s tempting. Plus, the Jaguar XK8 is a beautiful car, one that you will always look back at as you walk away. And it’s fast becoming a recognised modern classic. We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but the Jaguar XK8 was launched in 1996. That’s 26 years ago. Ouch.
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.
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