Ask anyone who owns a Jaguar what they love about their cars and they will ramble non-stop about several things. Deservingly so because Jaguars are exquisite cars and they are fun to drive, offer comfort and reliability and are designed with high-end engines with lots of power.
The Jaguar XJ8 series may have great engines but a major flaw in the engineering design leaves the car susceptible to several engine problems. The plastic housing of Jaguar XJ8 timing chain tensioners as opposed to a metallic housing. The main purpose of a timing chain tensioner is to maintain an ideal level of tension in the timing chain and when the plastic material becomes brittle with age, the tensioners are bound to malfunction. An occurrence which could potentially send your Jag’s engine into self-destruct mode.
A failing or damaged Jaguar XJ8 Timing Chain tensioner may produce a rattling noise when the engine is running, sometimes it could cause the engine to stall before firing and when it does power on, it is likely to run rough. An illuminated check engine light could also be a sign of timing tensioner problems as a damaged timing chain tensioner could wreak havoc on the engine of your car.
The continuous slapping of the chain against the plastic tensioner housing wears out the plastic causing the material to deteriorate and break over time. When the tensioner breaks, the chain is likely to get caught in between the teeth of the gears. If the engine is running, the chains between the gears could cause the piston to hit the valves. Once this happens, engine damage is imminent.
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