Hi guys, I haven’t posted on this particular forum in a few years, ever since I sold my '96 X-300 (“Scrapper”) to a reverend lady in my office building.
After selling Scrapper to her present owner w. 150K or so miles on her, the rev. decided she wanted to have a butch of cosmetic interior and exterior work done on same, including a repaint. She had searched around for local people and shops that would - b/c she was a “lady of the cloth” - do the work for little or no $$, over time. To make a long story short, this process culminated with Scrapper sitting in an outdoor storage lot at a small local shop for over two years, after she had received her repaint. From what we gather, they had not bothered to even start the car up again throughout that time.
Even a reverend’s patience finally being at an end, she had Scrapper towed to her house, having discovered she would not start at the shop at all. She has had several mechanics (some are shop owners) come by her house w. tools and scanners in hand (friends that she knew from the past) and examine the car, trying to diagnose her no-start condition. At least three of them concluded, after trying totally in vain to even budge the motor by hand using the usual large socket + LONG handle extension (one of which even poured the usual small amount of oil into the cylinders via spark plug holes) that the engine had simply “set up too long” w/o having been run and was totally and irreversibly frozen up as a result. My suspicions are that at least one of those three may have been looking to either sell her a rebuilt AJ16 engine (if that is even possible) or rebuild it himself, to make $$. I had always assured the rev. that the AJ16 was one of the most “bulletproof”, if not THE most (well, maybe next to the AJ6) engine in the modern Jag line. Scrapper was also running perfectly fine when I sold the cat to her. I find it hard to believe that the engine would be totally trashed just b/c it had not been started during that period.
Just last week rev. had yet another past acquaintance, a very-experienced auto tech (although, like the others, not a Jag expert, per se) take a shot at Scrapper. He’s thinking that there may just be an issue with her starter or the wiring going to same. So, that puts us back to square one. I just can’t believe though it could be a starter-related issue when apparently the motor won’t even budge by hand (assuming all of the other techs were telling the truth).
So what do you guys think? :conf