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Does anyone know how to turn off the "Valet Mode" on a 98 Jaguar XJ8L? We can't get the trunk open. Every time we try to open it, we get a message on the instrument panel - "In Valet Mode". The button on the instrument panel doesn't open it. The button on the key ring transmitter doesn't open it. The key in the trunk lock doesn't open it. We called the Jaguar dealer, and their mechanic told us to use the black head key, and that should turn off the Valet mode and open the trunk. He couldn't understand why it didn't work. Can anyone help us???

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Sounds like you have 2 probs if you turn ign on whilst holding valet button pressed it should cancel it if not the key is poss faulty

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SOURCE: stater for a jaguar xj8l 1998

starters is mounted on the bottom of engine. its a little long electric motor with a little drive gear that mesh to flywheel to turn engine over to crank.

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SOURCE: Jaguar XK8 Valet key not working correctly

I have seen this before, each time i have seen it i have to reprogram the valet key. This needs to be dont at the dealership, make sure you bring the master key otherwise they cant program the valet key.

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SOURCE: I can nit open my trunk on my 1996 jAGUAR XJ6.

ok, if the key won't open this then the lock is jammed and if you don't want to damage anything, I know I wouldn't, I would take it to a mechanic. The jammed may have been what killed your battery if the valet trunk open was not working it may have been shorted out. There is a way to jump vehicles with the battery in the trunk like that but I am not familiar with it and if the buttin doesn't work to release the trunk it would do you no good anyway. most likely you are looking at replacing teh truck locking mechanism.

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SOURCE: 2005 jaguar V.P.-stuck in valet mode-cannot open

Whilst the vehicle is running with the normal key being used hold down the valet button for a few seconds

Posted on Mar 06, 2010

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SOURCE: Vehicle is stuck in valet mode. Steering column is

Open the boot lid and drivers door, and switch on the ignition. Rock the valet switch, in the centre console, 5 times. The system will chirp to indicate it has entered learning mode.

On models with seat/mirror/steering wheel memory functions, the first remote will be linked to memory 1, second to memory 2 etc.

Press the larger, lock, button of the remote. The system will chirp to confirm it has got the signal. If it doesn't receive any signals for 15 seconds, it will chirp twice and exit learn mode.

To programme further remotes, rock the valet switch once. The system will chirp twice for remote number two, three times for number three etc, then press the lock button of the remote as above.

When finish, wait 15 seconds for the system to time out and chirp twice, turn off the ignition, close the doors and boot lid and the job is done!

Posted on Mar 10, 2010

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Open the boot lid and drivers door, and switch on the ignition. Rock the valet switch, in the centre console, 5 times. The system will chirp to indicate it has entered learning mode.

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ok, if the key won't open this then the lock is jammed and if you don't want to damage anything, I know I wouldn't, I would take it to a mechanic. The jammed may have been what killed your battery if the valet trunk open was not working it may have been shorted out. There is a way to jump vehicles with the battery in the trunk like that but I am not familiar with it and if the buttin doesn't work to release the trunk it would do you no good anyway. most likely you are looking at replacing teh truck locking mechanism.

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