What You Need to Know to Fix Your Jaguar XJ6

A Jaguar is a beautiful car, and if you take care of it, you can easily get decades of value for your money. When it comes to vintage cars, 1974-1981 XJ6 and 1982-1987 XJ6 Series III are some of the prettiest vehicles still on the road. But after years of use, they naturally have repair issues that are unique to that model of Jaguar. Here’s what you need to know to fix your Jaguar.

Salt and Jaguar Repair

The XJ6 was Jaguar’s standard model in the late ‘70s. Keep in mind that the gas tanks on this vehicle tend to rust. Getting a spare gas tank can be difficult, though you might have better luck if you work with a shop that specifically specializes in Jaguars. Rust is also a problem in the undercarriage. If shopping for a Jaguar, try to get one that has only been driven in warm weather such as California and Arizona. Salt kills Jaguars.

The engine blocks on many six-cylinder Jaguar XJ6’s made in the late 80s also tended to leak oil under the main seal. Repairing this can be difficult and requires completely removing the engine. The inboard disc brakes are also time consuming and expensive to replace. Keep that in mind the next time you call a shop and say, “Fix my Jaguar!”

Warning Signs You Need New European Brakes

Think your European car might need a brake job? There are clear warning signs it’s time to take it in. If you hear a squealing noise whenever the brakes are applied, chances are the built-in “wear indicators” have hit their due. These are metal tabs located near the surface of most brake pads. When the pads wear sufficiently, the tabs scrape the rotor as an early warning sign you need to get the pads replaced. A clicking noise, on the other hand, indicates clips, bolts, or pins have become loose, and the pad is wobbling around. If you experience either of these symptoms, have your car serviced as early as possible to prevent wear to the rotors.