Diagnosing Common Jaguar XJS Hood Lift Problems
You wouldn't want the hood of your car crashing down on you. That is why it is important to identify and fix any problem with the hood lift of your vehicle. Here are some common problems you may encounter with your Jaguar XJS hood lift:
Hood lifts usually have a tiny amount of fluid or grease on its moving parts to help facilitate its operation. Significant leaks could mean that the fluid seals are leaking or that the hood strut is damaged. Do a visual inspection on the struts to find out the problem. If the hood lifts stop functioning normally as well, it means that the struts have failed. Replace the whole thing when this happens. Fluid leaks on relatively new hood lifts rarely happen. If a leak does occur, it is usually because the unit is defective. Contact your hood lift manufacturer in such a case and have it replaced if your unit is still under warranty.
Misaligned hood after hood lift installation
First things first, be sure that the hood lift has been installed properly. Check to see if the lift brackets have been installed correctly and that they are properly aligned. Also be sure to check that the hood strut isn't installed upside down; this simple mistake may be hard to miss but you'll be surprised at the number of people who have gotten his wrong. Put the hood lift struts rightside up to fix the problem. If you've removed and reinstalled the hood prior to installing the hood lift, the hood may have been reattached the wrong way. Remove the hood struts and realign the hood.
Hood lift that is unable to support the hood
If you've been using the hood lift for quite some time, then it has probably failed. Replace it immediately in this case. If the hood lift is relatively new, check for fluid leaks or damage that may have compromised the strut and replace the strut. If there is no damage or fluid leaks, then your hood lift is most likely defective. Have the manufacturer replace it in this case.