Spent yesterday doing some basic maintenance on my new purchase(a
1990 XJ6 Sovereign w/120,000 miles).
The car is leaks oil from the POWER STEERING/HSMO reservoir.I
cleaned the tank off and filled(took 3/4 of bottle of Castrol HSMO)
yesterday and can feel the oil is back on the underside of the
tank.It ends up on the ground just behind the RHS of the front
bumper as a light brown/yellowish patch and since the mineral oil I
put in was green and the back end doesn’t rise on start-up I
wondered whether or not the self-levelling rear end is no longer in
operation.There is very little oil/build-up anywhere on topside of
engine…just about an inch or so on all the hoses/pipes going into
and out of the reservoir.The rearmost retaining bolt for the
reservoir is sheared off but the metal sleeve and rubber shock are
still in place.
In reading the archives I became confused with the pre and post’90
models and exactly what indicates removal of the SLS in a 1990.
If anyone can look at fig 10.10a/b in the Haynes manual I can
confirm that the hyraulic line that was attached to port with the
arrow pointing at it has been disconnected and is just hanging
I also looked under the right rear wheel and saw an aluminum block
with a (5-pin)male connector integrated into it but nothing
attached and no silicone as per fig 10.6a in Haynes,if this is
indeed the ride height sensor.
If I drain the tank is it safe to undo the hoses to check for leaks
without worrying about pressure?
Is it safe to drill out whats left and put a hole through the
wheelwell for a new nut and bolt?
Is an engine degreaser OK to use to remove the gunk that has
accumulated (mostly) on the underside of the right front from the
Jack(Oakland,CA) 1990 XJ40
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