Jaguar XKE Maintenance: Five DIY Mistakes That You Should Avoid
In the automotive industry, the name Jaguar is synonymous to success. It's a well-known name in the racing circuits and a commercial success in all the markets where it's offered. You will think that with Jaguar's success, it's the best car in the world or in its class. However, that's not actually the case. It's a success because it is the least expensive among the good cars. And if you want to keep your Jaguar XKE at its top performance, you have to take care of it properly. The good news is that most maintenance can be done without paying a mechanic. You just have to avoid DIY pitfalls that most drivers are doing. Below are five mistakes you should avoid if you are doing DIY maintenance of your XKE.
- Avoid servicing your car without proper knowledge.
What's cool about cars is that they are equipped with onboard computers that are connected to various sensors inside the car. These sensors are being monitored so the computer can regulate things like speed, the spark plugs, the fuel injectors, etc. When the computer senses that something is wrong with any of it, it will activate the Check Engine light to let you know that something's up. Now, some engine trouble can be checked, repaired, or replaced by you. However, you should let professionals handle problems and engine components that you have no knowledge about. Some engine problems need advanced diagnostic equipment, so it's better to have your car serviced at the shop.
- Avoid using incorrect tools.
We can't all have high-end garages with the most advanced servicing tools. However, if you are into servicing your car by yourself, you have to make sure that you have the right set of tools to do it. If an online manual tells you that you need a wheel lock key, you have to use a wheel lock key. Using the right tools will not only make it easier for you to get the job done; it's also for your safety. You don't want to hurt yourself just because you use the wrong kind of screwdriver, and it slipped from the screw you were trying to remove.
- Avoid using home cleaner when cleaning your windshield.
Aside from the parts housed in the engine bay, you should also take care of the exteriors of your Jaguar XKE. And the windshields are among the things that you need to pay attention to. You need them to be pristine and free from dirt so you will get unobstructed view of the road both on your front and rear. Now, when cleaning, make sure to use only recommended cleaning agents. You can't use home cleaners because these contain ammonia, which is a harsh compound that can break down heating elements in the rear windshields. The heating elements are necessary when you need to defrost the windshield during winter.
- Avoid postponing preventive maintenance.
Car maintenance is not something you should procrastinate about. Ignoring any issues—even the most minor ones —will not make them go away; if anything, they will only get worse. The flashing lights on your dashboard are not there for decorations but to alert you that something's up and you need to check it immediately. Take care of your car according to the maintenance schedules suggested on your manual to avoid major repairs and problems down the road.
- Avoid not knowing your limitations.
Doing DIY maintenance on your vehicle is okay since some services are not very technical. However, overestimating your ability to service every kind of problem on your car is not healthy not just for you but also for your car. Even though you've probably scoured thousands of video tutorials and speak Car and Driver fluently, it doesn't mean you can just up and swap out a transmission in the shortest possible time. Do not try and change your brake pads and other brake system components if you've never dealt with them before. You might do more harm than good. Some maintenance and repairs should really be better left to the professional. This way, you'll save money and yourself from possible injuries.