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Door latch fails intermittently (1997 Jaguar XK8)

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I have a problem with the door latch on a 1997 XK8 (driver's door). The failure mode is as follows and may ring a bell with you:

- auto door lock (transmission put into Drive) does not always function on driver's door (is okay on passenger door) - inner door handle does not move to locked position.
- central locking does not cause driver's door to lock all the time - can hear the mechanism 'attempt' mechanically but then the alarm chirps continuously. Inner door handle not in locked position
- door will always lock when the physical key is used
- window always auto-lowers but forgets its setting and fails to auto-raise (resetting this works for a while until door latch next fails)
- courtesy lights work as expected, as does 'door-ajar' warning on dash. No problems there.

The car's battery is good and the car is otherwise healthy. Does this sound like a problem with the door latch mechanism ? Or with the control module, which I think it also in the door ?

Thanks in advance !

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It should be the door selenoid causing the problem it has the linkage attached to it and would give you the problems you discribe

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

  • franksm Jul 10, 2010

    Thanks for the quick reply. Looks like the solenoid is part of the latch assembly (#1) according to this diagram


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