In earlier examples of the Jaguar XK8 / XKR, slow or erratic operation of the hood is typically caused by the type of oil used in the hydraulic system. This has a tendency to coagulate and take on the form of marmalade type strands which obviously then will affect the operation of the hood mechanism. Since then, Jaguar changed the oil used in the XK8 / XKR hood mechanism.
To therefore resolve problems with the XK8 / XKR hood operation parts and system in the earlier cars there is a need to drain the system, to then fully strip down the hydraulics, flush through the oil and then replace with the new oil. Ideally the system needs to be flushed 2-3 times to ensure the old oil is fully removed and to ensure the future smooth operation of the hood mechanism system.
The procedure to change the oil should be available in one of the Jaguar forums.
One of the XK8 / XKR tools that may be required is the Allen key supplied with all convertible models and sited in the boot next to the pump. This enables the hood to be hand wound down in the event of complete electrical failure.
The correct fluid to use is Pensoil CHF 11S.
Correct oil for XK8 and XKR Convertibles
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- Comma X Tech Oil for Jaguar XK8 and XKR
For servicing your car, getting the right XK8 Parts is essential. For engine oil it is critical to get the maximum performance and longevity out of the engine. There are a large range of mineral or synthetic oils available on the market, but which one is right for the XK8 / XKR ?
PalmerSport who provide some of the best motorsport driving event days in the UK run several formula Jaguars using AJ-V6 3.0-litre engines. They get used hard on a daily basis and so need a high quality robust proven oil.
PalmerSport have been using the Comma range of performance motor oils and specifically for their high performance cars the 5W50 Motorsport Oil. Designed for high performance and multivalve engines, in extreme temperatures, this offers maximum protection and ultimate protection.
For XK8 and XKR engines and normal road use and for the best protection and performance, Comma recommend Xtech 5W30. This product benefits from the considerable knowledge gained from the hard Motorsport miles put in from companies such as Palmersport.
If your looking to buy oil for your XK8 or XKR, then you will need 6 or 7 litres depending on your chassis number. Further details on this later. Other XK8 Parts you will need are oil filter and oil drain plug.
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