Re: XJ40, radio etc. XJ experts please read!
Thanks very much for your very prompt reply. My kippers will taste better this
morning! Perhaps we can talk again later.
On the radio, think it was an original. The sequnce is partly AM xxx FM xx.x.
I know the xxx but have forgotten the rest of the sequence. Someone may be able
to help (without telling me their xxx's! <g>)
> Congratulations on the re-purchase of the XJ40. Great car!!
> Since you are aware of the amount of the drain on the system, you need to
> isolate which circuit it is on. Once you have done that -- it is pretty
> simple to determine which appliance is causing the drain.
> Your radio must not be a standard for '88 -- at least not in the US. My
> original '88 Radio had no codes by which to activate it once the power was
> off. It is a simple matter of re-setting the stations that I frequently
> listen too. I do know that on later models, the security codes for the
> radios were placed on a label on the inside of the bonnet. That way they
> were always available. If worse comes to worse, you can contact Jaguar and
> they can get you the codes -- providing it is the radio that came with the
> To understand this properly on the puddle lamp -- you are saying that the
> bulb shows continuity and the sockets the bulb clips into show 12 volts but
> when you put the bulb into the clips it does not work?? Try swapping bulbs
> with one that you knows works. This is not a matter of the computer if you
> are getting 12 volts to the clip.
> The bulb warning light can be any number of problems. The puddle lamp
> is not the cause since it is on a totally different circuit and does not
> send a bulb out warning to the dash. The first thing you need to do is
> check all the bulbs. This means directional as well as the brake lights
> (with your foot on the pedal) to make sure they are not the cause as well
> as high beam. Usually on the directional, the warning comes on when you
> activate them -- but not always. I suggest you check to make sure all is
> working as it should. If you still get the warning than you need to go
> around the car with a wire plumbing brush and clean all the sockets. Clean
> the base of the bulbs as well. If that doesn't work then you need to
> re-solder the Bulb Failure modules-starting in the boot. These cars are
> notorious for bad solder joints and will cause warning all the time.
> I have had the car go dead in the middle of traffic -- but not over a 3
> year period of time. Mine lasted about 3 weeks. I changed out the
> Crankshaft Position Sensor on the front of the engine and I have never had a
> problem since. These items, again, are a common and notorious source of
> anguish and if you haven't changed yours out -- you will!!
> '88 XJ40 with 205,000 miles (330000 km)
> <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > Hi all and greetings from Australia!
> > I've just repurchased a jaguar XJ40 3.6L 1988 that I sold privately when
> > temporarily ill, and regretted doing ever since. I see the (temporary)
> > new owner was unable to solve a couple of problems I had. So, now I've
> > got the car back, over to the experts for some ideas!
> > Quiescent current.
> > With everything off, the current drain remains at 50 mA. This is enough
> > to flatten the battery unless the car is used at least once a week. Any
> > ideas?
> > Radio cassette
> > To avoid this battery flattening, I disconnect the battery from time to
> > time. This of course causes the sceurity code to activate and locks out
> > the radio! I had the codes for the radio written on a scrap of paper -
> > which I've now lost! I remember the actual codes (frequencies AM and
> > FM) by heart, but not the sequence of kestrokes surrounding them. I
> > imagine all radios have the same sequence but just different actual
> > codes. So will some kind person tell me the sequence and I'll plug my
> > own codes in.
> > Puddle lamp
> > The rear right puddle lamp (on the door) does not work. The festoon
> > bulb shows continuity and the clips show a voltage of 12 + volts, yet
> > still the light doesn't light up.
> > I wonder if this could be due to the fault computer, and also explain
> > why I get a continuous flashing bulb failure warning, although all the
> > exterior lamps appear OK, and also maybe explain the continuous current
> > drain.
> > Cutting out
> > Finally (for now!), very occasionally (say three times in as many years)
> > the car cuts out completely. This can be alarming if in a stream of
> > traffic on a freeway. Anyone else experienced this?
> > Your thoughts about any of these would be most welcome, posted on the
> > group best, or maybe, removing the obvious, in the mailbox.
> > Thanks
> > Alan