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Jaguar xk8 rear quaterlight operation after top is raised manually

Had to raise hood manually as hydraulic fluid leaked, followed manual directions to raise, but it does not tell you how to bring up the quarterlight rear side windows.

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  • pfcjoe10 Jan 26, 2009

    same problem leaky latch hose while top down. raised top manully per book but windows do not come up any ideas

  • rcollado Apr 26, 2009

    rear quarter windows won't raise when top is manually raised

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I have solved part of problem,, if you use the manual latch key and close the latch, you need to push the wrench all the way counter clockwise and the windows do go up. the latch mechanism has the activation switch in it..need to be fully closed

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How to raise the top


common prob. with early xk is the hood fluid turning to jelly, the answer is to clean out the system. ie pipework, resovoir etc. to open the hood, open the valve on the pump, located in boot rh, remove blanking plug in headlining. use allen key to release forward hood latch,the hood can then be worked manually.to change the fluid you have to remove the forward hood latch. disconnect pipes, press the hood switch to pump out the old fluid,remove the pump and drain out the old fluid, work the hood manually 3 or 4 times to extract the remaining old fluid, the correct fluid to put back is pentosill it will bleed itself.if this is not the cause of the prob. then its electrical. go to a auto electrician you will need a wiring diagram of the system to sort that out, its got loads of relays e.t.c. and is controlled through the body processor module.

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97 XK8 top has no power. Top is up, but not


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Juguar convitable top operation problem


Hi Mike..we just bought a 97 xk8 with the same problem. Simple fix. Remove the carpet on the right side of the trunk, above the cd changer. You'll see the pump. We were able to top off the fluid using a turkey baster and a flex-straw. Make sure you have the correct hydrolic fluid and just **** some into the baster, attach the flex-straw to the end and bend it into the fill hole on top of the pump. Super simple. Worked like a charm. Roof raising and lowering like new.

Jun 13, 2012 | 1997 Jaguar XK8

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Tried to lift the roof on convertable XK8 and hydraulic oil started to leak from the ceiling arounf the light cluster. How do I get at it to fix the leak/problem


you have a hydraulic leak there are two lines that meet in the middle by the light cluster both lines should be changed you have to pull back headliner to see lines and leak one line runs under drivers side panel near side of seat and other line runs under passenger side panel near the side of the seat going to the back seats and to the trunk where hydraulic motor and fluid box is its a hard job and takes about six hours to do lines arer 214.00 fluid is 70.00 and about 800 in labor

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Top worked fine yesterday but today tried to let down only clicked


It is a hydraulic pump that applies pressure to the 2 hydraulic pistons to raise & lower the top. So, check for something obstructing movement first.

The convertible top:
  • is motor-driven.
  • requires parking brake engaged to complete circuit for operation.
  • is equipped with a back window glass (42006) . The back window glass is permanently attached to the folding top back window curtain (52500) and cannot be opened.
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VISUAL INSPECTION CHART Mechanical Electrical
  • Damaged fluid reservoir.
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic cylinders .
  • Damaged folding top motor upper and lower hose .
  • Damaged convertible top regulator.
  • Parking brake not engaged.
  • Open power distribution box circuit breaker CONV TOP (30A), fuse junction panel Fuse 1 (15A).
  • Circuitry open/shorted.
  • Damaged convertible top switch.
  • Damaged raise/lower relay .
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .


  • Convertible Top Does Not Raise/Lower
  • Open circuit breaker or fuse.
  • Circuitry open/shorted.
  • Damaged folding top switch.
  • Damaged raise/lower relay .
  • Damaged folding top hydraulic lift motor and plate kit .
  • Parking brake not engaged.


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1995 Jaguar convertable XJS quarter light windows wont go up


The rear windows are controlled by a timer in the top's ECU. If
the rear windows stop fully closing before your top is closed, the
problem MAY be with top's hydraulic system.

Check your top's hydraulic reserve tank for low fluid level. Lack
of fluid will greatly delay the top's closing sequence, leaving
those rear windows partially open.
Your top's hydraulic pump system is located beneath the right side
of the cubby/storage box behind the front seats. Raise the cover
and you'll see a removable trim panel on the right side. The pump
is behind that access panel.

You can use power steering fluid to top off the tank, but don't
fill it above level indicator line. You may have to add more fluid
after you cycle the top up and down to get the air bubbles out of
the lines.
It could also be a relay. On a 95 the relays that are in the trunk above the battery.
Perhaps, just switching the relays might prove which one is failing..

Mar 24, 2010 | 1995 Jaguar XJ-R

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Convertible top and rear windows will not close


do you see any visible reddish in color in the vehicle or on the floor ?

Aug 27, 2009 | 1997 Jaguar XK8

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19886 saab 900 convertible roof not working.


Hi David:

First, check the fuses for the hydraulic motor; if they're blown, replace and monitor (why did they blow? Perhaps an overload, or ...) These fuses are located in the engine bay on top of the fender by the front right wheel housing.

Next check the voltage supply to the top switch, possibly a loose connection or broken wire.

Also check relays C (raising top) and D (lowering top) under the rear seat.

Lastly check for voltage at the pump, also under the rear seat, when the switch is actuated, and that the voltage polarity reverses when the switch is actuated the other way (up or down).

After that, it's a hydraulic/mechanical problem. Check the fluid level in the pump reservoir (use SAAB fluid to top up if low) Fluid level should be at the upper marker with top down, and at the lower marker with top up.

Check behind the rear seat side panels that the piston shaft is still properly attached to the roof mechanism bracket at one end, and the piston itself is still firmly attached to the body. Look for any leakage from the system.

If all tests out OK and looks good under the rear seat and behind the side panels, then there is the possibility that the piston seals have failed and the fluid is just circulating around without activating the piston. Pistons are available (http://www.convertibletopguys.com/cgi-local/displaycat.cgi?cat=584 - scroll down) but the entire system should be removed to avoid getting hydraulic fluid on the interior.

However, that fact that you can operate the hood using the bypass valve (manually) would indicate that the hydraulics are likely OK, and that it's probably an electrical or mechanical problem.

Good luck!

Saabreur

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1998 jaguar xk8 convertible


The problem in my Jag was the hydraulic cylenders that raise the top. The seals in the cyl's leak by, and there isn't enough pressure to lift the top. No external fluid leaks, just internal to the cyl's. I had estimates from 2 shops to replace the units. $1,500 at both shops. I purchased the cylenders for $750 and replaced the myself. Required refilling the tank on the pump in the trunk, passenger sideb behind carpeted panel. Works like new again.
Good luck.

Apr 20, 2009 | 1998 Jaguar XK8

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I have JAGUAR XK8 CONVERTABLE the roof is slightly open and wont shut how do I close it manually


Hmm, you may need to get the dealer to adjust the cables. Also make sure the pump has fluid (right side trunk, behind the cover). Once the top comes down to the top of the window, you can see the device that should pull it down tight. In an emergency, there is a hex key in the right side of the trunk that you can use to manually bring that down tight. Your vehicle manual explains how to do this emergency operation.

Jan 22, 2009 | 2004 Jaguar XK8

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