Let the wallet drain begin!

Did I mention I bought a 15 year old “hot” Jag with a check engine light on, bad tires, and other unknown problems?

Right.

So imagine my surprise when I get under the car to discover the wild world of shit that needs doing.

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Which is to say the goals of today were to:

  1. Change the oil
  2. Find the exhaust leak
  3. Find what is going CLUNK in the suspension.

I was somewhat successful.

New Findings

Accessory Belt

Holy forking shirt balls that belt is a time bomb! New belt and tensioner are on order. I’ve never seen a belt this bad...

It almost looks like it was rubbing on something?!

There seems to be a lot of debate about what is the correct part number for the supercharger belt so... I think I’m going to not replace one. Dumb decision, but I’m going with it.

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Rear Suspension Bits

Looks OK overall but the rear tie rods and anti-roll bar links both look... sad. New components should be here on Tuesday.

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Upper Radiator Hose Balloon

Oh man. The upper radiator hose is plump. I assume that means the entirety of the cooling system needs to be gone over. I’m putting that on the TODO list, but not sure when I’ll be ready/willing/able to deal with that.

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Hood struts

While they seemed fine when I was inspecting the car, once outside a stiff breeze causes the hood to slam shut. New Jaguar struts are ALL THE MONEY, so I opted for the $20 ones off Amazon. Fingers crossed!

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Super Effed Front Right Tire

Like srsly. How... how does that happen!?

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Hopefully an alignment (and new tires) will fix this.

Exhaust Leak

I think I found it? It appears that whoever hollowed out the cat did so by cutting it in half and re-welding it. I’m going to guess the welds failed. I certainly couldn’t find anything in-bay that was leaking.

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Upper Control Arms

Look bad, but don’t have any play... yet. Putting them on the TODO list, but not very high up.

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Other Weirdness

I mentioned in an earlier post the Jag came with some all weather floor mats in the trunk. Upon further investigation, they appear to be factory floor mats for a...

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...wait for it...

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Mercedes S-Class.

WTF?

Anyway...

The car is really growing on me, even as the repair bills grow too. I like the color, the performance, and the feel of the car. Provided I can keep it on the road, I think we’re going to be good friends.

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Or it’ll all blow up and I’ll sell it for parts.

Either or.

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