[xk8] Convertible Rear Quarter Window Replacement

While raising the top on my �01 XK8 convertible recently, I
heard a loud �pop� from the right rear seat area and saw
that the rear quarter window was no longer operating. I
could hear the drive motor cycle down and stop, and then
cycle up and stop as I toggled the �Roof� switch. I also
heard the sound of a cable flopping around.

I reviewed the XK8/XKR Jag-lovers archives, but found no
discussion of this type of repair. I then reviewed the
removal procedure described on the Jaguar JTIS CD. Under
�Rear Quarter Window Regulator Motor Vehicles with
Convertible Top (86.25.11), the second step is �Remove
convertible top. Refer to 76.86.15.� YIKES! This seemed to
confirm my initial concerns that replacement would be hard,
time consuming and probably expensive. As it turned out, it
is not necessary to remove the top, thus saving many hours
of labor. As I went about the replacement, I took photos and
made notes that supplemented the JTIS descriptions. These
may be helpful to anyone who has to perform this repair, or
wants to realign the rear quarter windows, since there are
several steps called for in the JTIS instructions that are
not necessary or are not fully described. While this is
probably not a common failure, the San Diego Jag dealer had
the regulator on the shelf ($317) so it must have happened a
few times before to XK8s in the area. Based on the nature of
the part that failed, i.e., a plastic retainer for the ends
of the cable, I suspect there might be more of this type of
failure as the cars age.

Drop me an e-mail if you would like a pdf of my repair.–
Dan Jensen 84 XJS 95 XJ6 01 XK8
La Jolla, California, United States
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In reply to a message from Dan Jensen sent Tue 17 Oct 2006:

Dan,
Would love a PDF copy; could not make your e mail
address work.........djensen1@san.rr.com too many dots!

           @Adrian_Brennan--

The original message included these comments:

of labor. As I went about the replacement, I took photos and
made notes that supplemented the JTIS descriptions. These
Drop me an e-mail if you would like a pdf of my repair.


Adrian Brennan
Marine Hills,Federal Way, WA, United States
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would be super interested on your pdf as I have the same problem. I remove the rear seat but would love to not removing the convertible top.

See attached. Hope it helps.

Rear Window Regulator Replacement.pdf (1007.3 KB)

Dan