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Restricted performance under load

Jag dealer cleaned injectors & replaced fuel filter twice
reset computer. after driving a few miles restricted performance lite comes on???????

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I had the same problem on my 1998 XJ8. My dealer told me it was the Mass Airflow Meter, which needed replacing to the tune of around $500. After a second opinion at my local Jag mechanic, it turned out to be a hose that was broken on the lower part of the front of the engine. Check the vacuum hoses for breaks or loose fittings.

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Some times, it only takes a good cleaning of the Mass Air Flow Meter to get it working again. Also clean out the full air intake and down the throttle body, especially the butterfly flap. There are special cleaners for both the Mass Air Flow Meter, and the Throttle Body. Be sure to use the correct ones as there are special coatings that can be damaged by the wrong cleaners.

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