XK8 resurrection

(Richard Lindsay) #1

Hello Friends,
I am new to the XK8 form but have been a jag-lovers member since the days of rec.autos.alt! I write today to offer a short introduction and to ask a question. First the intro.
My name is Rick Lindsay and I live in Houston, Texas. I’m a 67-year-old, retired geophysicist with 12 cars, two of which are Jaguars; a 1973 E-Type 2+2 and a 1998 XK8 convertible. My 1966 S-Type and 1963 E-Type are sadly long gone. I’ll save the E-Type chatter for that forum, but I have a question regarding my XK8.
After hard-ish acceleration or even a little run time, the XK8’s dash gives an engine limp home mode error. Sorry, I can’t remember the exact wording. Anyway, I can’t feel any difference in engine performance (and haven’t really tried), but the warning message is on and the cruise control feature is deactivated. So the question is: Why does the engine monitor system send this error condition?
Thanks in advance, for any advice.

-rick, in still hot and steamy Houston


To save a lot of guesswork Rick, I would suggest you have the codes read to see what is flagged up. This will then give you an area to look at.:slightly_smiling_face:

(Richard Lindsay) #3

Thanks. I have the OBDII tool and app on my laptop. I just haven’t yet had both car and tool in the same place.

(Robin O'Connor) #4

With the CC not working when the condition arises, it might pay to check the microswicht that cancels it out when you brake? This used to throw a fault on the dash of my XJR and cleaning the brake/cc switch cured mine.

(Richard Lindsay) #5

Thanks! Will do. -rick