Brucie’s Diary: July 2016

Current mileage: 168,042

Scottish Jaguar Day – 26th June 2016

P760NRW and E264OMP at Scottish Jaguar Day 2016

This year Rob took P760 NRW (1997 X300 XJR Manual) and I took Opium (1988 XJ40 3.6 Sovereign).

We were given a brilliant space between the entrance and the band, where we set up our gazebo with the two Jaguars on either side, and at the end of the day when everyone had departed we took some pictures of the two cars together before we left.

The weather held until mid afternoon, allowing everyone to have a good look around at the cars, and prizes were awarded earlier than planned. As always there was an excellent turnout with some very interesting Jaguars on display.

The picture album for our view of Scottish Jaguar Day 2016, which features many of the cars that attended, can be seen on the Xclusively Jaguar Facebook page HERE


Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb -8th July 2016

SNG Barratt Jaguar E-type 50EE Rob Jenner and I enjoyed a day at Shelsley Walsh with SNG Barratt and were once again privileged to be able to take the E-type up the hill.

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SNG Barratt Open Day – 9th July 2016

SNG Barratt Open Day 2016 Along with many other SNG Barratt customers, Rob Jenner and I enjoyed a day at the SNG Barratt HQ in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. We took our X358 Diesel and found a few bargains in the Autojumble. Breakfast and lunch were generously provided for all by SNG Barratt.

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The picture album for our view of SNG Barratt Open Day 2016 can be seen on the Xclusively Jaguar Facebook page HERE


Brucie Serviced at XJK – 13th July 2016

Mileage – 168,307

Brucie received a comprehensive service last year on 11th August 2015 at 167,179 miles. Having covered so few miles in the intervening months, this year he was given a minor service, which included an oil and filter change, plus checking, testing and topping up all fluids etc, and generally providing a ‘general health check’ as well as dealing with the issues listed below

Sticking throttle body
The throttle had been sticking, causing the car to jump forward when the accelerator pedal was applied from a standstill, and sometimes idling too high.

Jaguar X300 throttle butterfly before cleaning Ian Kelsall of XJK explained that there is a ‘two thou’ clearance between the throttle plate and the throttle body and when this becomes clogged with dirt and grease, the throttle plate sticks, causing the symptoms described above.

Ian began by cleaning the throttle-plate (butterfly) in situ, but this was not sufficient, so after a test drive the throttle body was removed, re-set, the air gap was cleaned and the spindles lubricated. Brucie now runs very smoothly, once again!

Radiator mounting bushes
When Brucie had an unfortunate incident with a pheasant in 2014, it resulted in the air con condenser gradually deteriorating and the air con failing completely in May 2015. Finally, a new air con condenser was fitted in August 2015, but the new top and bottom mounting bushes that I had supplied were over-looked and the old ones re-installed. The old bushes were probably doing their job, but they looked very unsightly, if nothing else, so the new ones were installed at this service.

Part numbers:

Genuine Jaguar radiator bottom mounting bushes: Part number MNA 4241 AB

Aftermarket radiator top mounting bushes: Part number MNA 4241 AB*

The top bushes are an aftermarket upgrade available from SNG Barratt and far more durable than the orange coloured sponge bushes that were originally fitted to XJ40 and X300. Jaguar X300 radiator top mounting bush upgrade

Floorpan corrosion
The underside of the car was given a thorough inspection, and it appears that the rear of the front wheel arches, at the bottom where they meet the floorpan and sill, will soon require attention. This is a normal place for the moisture to be trapped and over a period of time to cause corrosion. As Brucie has now covered almost 170,000 miles and been out in all weathers, this is not surprising, and I intend having it put right before it becomes a major problem.

Brucie’s front subframe is currently good – Ian advised that the middle of the front subframe is subject to corrosion where moisture becomes trapped in the folds of metal.

Similarly, the middle of the leading edge of the rear subframe often corrodes, and before fitting a new one it would be wise to have it powder coated, as this provides a tougher protective coating than normal painting.

Re-programming key fobs
One set of Brucie’s keyfobs needed re-programming, so I made sure that I took all 3 sets of keys and fobs with me to XJK because when keys or fobs are programmed all keys/fobs need to be present, otherwise those not present will be cancelled. This is a security feature to account for stolen or lost keys/fobs. The car has to be put into learning mode, and it remembers how many keys/fobs it has, and only those present at that time can then be reprogrammed.

Steering problems
I had noticed that at low speed the steering seemed heavier than usual, and would then suddenly become excessively light. This was quite disconcerting when manoeuvring, or having to be prepared to rapidly adjust the amount of pressure used on the steering wheel in order to negotiate a tight bend.

After test driving Brucie, Ian advised that this is a common symptom of a worn bottom U/J on the lower steering column, which needs replacing. This U/J is integral with the lower steering column (Part number HNA 9500 AD) which is currently unavailable.

Front crash tube corrosion
The picture below shows part of the front crash tubes within the engine bay where dummy holes are beginning to show signs of rust, where over the years moisture has got under the paint at the edges of the holes.

Jaguar X300 front crash tubes

I was not sure how to tackle this, short of completely removing all components from the engine bay, therefore the job has been put off for too long. Ian Kelsall advised that it is currently only surface rust and has not affected the structure, and as an interim preventative I should rub down the affected area, treat it with rust inhibitor and then carefully brush paint by hand. At the same time I will inject Waxoyl into the holes to top up what is probably already there from previous treatments.