In reply to a message from godfrey sent Mon 23 Nov 2015:
‘Exploding’ is too strong a term.
The hydraulic line that goes to the latch at the roof header
is prone to leaking at the connection above the windshield.
Worst case scenario is it drips the green mineral oil based
fluid on the driver, in the ceiling light fixture and on the
console, and can stain the headliner fabric.
Generally it is believed that heat from the sun at that spot
accelerates failure of that connection, especially
considering the high pressures (up to 1600 PSI) of the
system. Improved hoses are available from 3rd party
All years of the X100 (1996-2006) have the issue, though it
is rare on '96-'97’s because a better grade of hose was used
that first year or two.
The gelling fluid that JGL refers to is another issue that
only affected '96-'99 cars. These cars need to be upgraded
to the green fluid (Pentosin CHF-11S).
A great deal of information is on the Internet regarding
this problem. One excellent source is Jagrepair.com.–
The original message included these comments:
I am being told that this is a problem with some of the early
XK8/XKR convertibles… any feedback ?
http://www.TheJagWrangler.com -XK Remote Top /Gauge upgrades
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