LTNS on this forum (I’m usually on the XJS forum). After being in the care of a “friend” () for many months now, I finally have Harlem, my '00 XJ8 w. 180K miles, back home.
Unfortunately, Harlem returned to me with the same few issues she had when I loaned her out. She has also returned with a lightly-dented right rear fender (someone backed into her at a parking lot and fled) and her bonnet not opening anymore. The dent uncovered the fact that she is apparently riddled with rust under her “Anthracite Pearl” paint (what happened to all that “advanced rust protection”, zinc-coating, etc. of the latter-model Jags?).
Anyway, as to problem priority # 1, when you yank on the hood handle the locks do NOT disengage. I don’t know if the cable has actually broken apart, both come loose from the pair of locks, or somehow both locks went belly-up at the same time, until I can get the hood up. What a Catch-22.
I remember some time back someone mentioning on JLers a way to get the hood open whenever the handle has stopped functioning. IIRC, it involved reaching under a fender and pulling or pushing on a piece/tab of metal or plastic. Anyone know how to do that?