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Low brake pressure warning light

HI can you help me with the above problem for a 88 jag cheers

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A vacuum conversion kit is available for your XJ6- look here: http://www.jaguarspecialties.com/XJ40-VBB.asp

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The "low brake pressure" problem is one that plagued XJ40s for years. Unlike almost every other power brake system (vacuum), XJ40 brake boosters used a hydraulic system, which also controlled the self leveling system. The system was prone to problems, leakage not being least among them. While Jaguar offered a conversion kit for the self leveling system, it never did so for the brake booster. The most common cause of failure is a leak in the brake accumulator, caused by a faulty o-ring. The issue is, while an o-ring is relatively cheap, replacing it will often not fix the problem. Often the accumulator will have to be replaced, which is (ahem) outrageously expensive. However, I have seen a vacuum brake booster conversion system in a few XJ40s. I have yet to find a kit, though I believe I have a strong lead. If you can track one down, it would doubtlessly be your best choice.

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Hi,

Based on personal experience (another brand/model), low brake pressure ( ! ) warning light would come on if and when:
1. The brake fluid level is low (barely reaching the level sensor), refill to specified level/capacity;
2. Worn brake pads, replace;
3. Weak pressure from ABS pump, check for leakage, replace;
4. Defective sensor/switch, replace.

Only # 1 would be relatively easy to perform. All others would perhaps require the professional services of a qualified mechanic or familiarity with automotive mechanics.

I also did a Google for your particular problem/model. These may be of interest/information to you:
a. David Marks Garage;
b. 1988 Jaguar XJ40 review; and
c: Brake parts & electrical/switches/sensors.

Hope that this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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