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Jaguar XK8 Shocks

Diagnosing Problems with your Jaguar Xk8 shocks.

Shocks are an integral part of the Jaguar Xk8, as it is with all other vehicles. They're built to last a long time through some of the toughest conditions. Unfortunately, age and damage eventually get to the shocks, severely affecting their performance. Here are some common problems associated with this part to help you diagnose them.

The steering wheel vibrates or knocks when driving through moderately rough roads and the bottom hits the road when going over humps.

If your Jaguar's steering wheel starts vibrating while going through some rough patches in the road, then your shocks aren't probably absorbing the vibrations well enough. This is one sign of worn out shocks, a common occurrence if you've had them for a number of years. Another sign of failing shocks is when your vehicle seems to hit road bumps as your car goes over them. As the shocks become worn, they become unable to hold the weight of the entire car. As a result, there will be a decrease in the vehicle's height. The shocks also become unable to push the car up when needed; hence, you get the telltale scraping as you go over humps on the road.

The Jaguar requires more distance to stop

The shocks of the Jaguar also assist the vehicle in stopping. Back in high school, we learned the concept of inertia in our physics class. Basically, it means that it take will a certain amount of force to stop a moving object. As you step on the brakes, the shocks absorb some of the force exerted by the slowing vehicle, allowing it to stop sooner. If the shocks are shot or worn out, it will be unable to compress properly; making the vehicles stop farther than it previously did.

The Jaguar's front dips when braking while the back dips when speeding

This problem is similar to the previous one. It's all about inertia. The shocks help keep the Jaguar level when braking and speeding by absorbing any additional forced caused by their motion. Again, if that doesn't happen, you've got failing shocks.

There is damage to the tube or fluid leakage

A visual inspection of the shocks could reveal damage to the tubes. Dents pose a particularly serious problem since it could affect the pressure of the fluids inside. Single-construction tubes are vulnerable to damage while double tubes are able to handle it a bit more. Leaks are much more serious. This could seriously hamper the performance of the shocks, even making them practically worthless.

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  • Maintenance Tips to Remember for Your Jaguar Xk8 Shocks 04 March 2014

    Bumps on the road shouldn't be much of a problem as long as you're equipped with Jaguar Xk8 Shocks. If your ride starts to feel a lot rougher, if the nose of your car dives when braking, or if the Jaguar sways too much when taking a turn, your shocks may have started to fail. Driving with failed shocks could permanently damage your vehicle, which is why they must regularly be inspected and maintained to keep them operating at their best. Read on to learn about some tips regarding shock absorber inspection and maintenance.

    • Avoid abusing the shock absorbers.
    • Unless you're taking your vehicle off-road (which is highly unlikely for your Jaguar Xk8), there is no reason to have your shocks operating to their extreme limit all the time. Doing so will put excessive stress on the shocks, significantly shortening their life. If you want to extend their life, here are some things to remember when driving: slow down when going over road bumps, avoid sudden stops at high speed, and lastly, avoid the driving over roughest portions of the road or if you really need to, be sure to drive over them slowly and carefully.
    • Inspect the shocks for loose bolts, worn bushings, fluid leaks and damage.
    • A visual inspection is one way to determine the condition of your Jaguar's shocks. Loose bolts usually mean that the shocks are not secured to the vehicle properly and must be tightened immediately. Worn bushings have to be replaced or the movement of the shocks won't be dampened properly. A thin coating of oil on the shocks isn't any cause for alarm but dripping fluids are usually a sign of leakages. Damage on the shock cylinder, meanwhile, could compromise the structural integrity and the performance of the shocks. Fluid leakage and damage usually require a full replacement of the shock absorbers. Driving under any of the mentioned conditions could worsen the condition of your shocks, leading them to failure.
    • Replace the Xk8's shocks when necessary.
    • Most of the time, replacing the shock absorbers is the only logical thing to do. Changing them as soon as a serious problem pops up ensures that your whole suspension system will works perfectly.