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Timing chain replacement

Can someone provide me with details on how to replace the timing chain,guides and tensioners for a 2001 jaguar xj8.I can't locate the timing marks and the camshaft sprockets don't have keyways to hold them in one place.

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Http://jeg.serverhouse.com/Jag_docs/Timingchain.pdf

Here it will show you step by step on how to do the job.

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Posted on May 12, 2009

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I think Jaguar World Monthly magazine did an XJ8 maintainence book which covered this, it should be available direct or off that well known auction site.

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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Hello Steven...this is not really a home job,you need special tools for locking the engine and camshafts,also re-timing the chains isnt the easiest of jobs with out the correct equipment

Posted on Dec 12, 2008

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