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So, I took the XK for a service yesterday, and the health check threw up a few issues that need fixing.

Front and rear pads down to 4mm. Approx £500

Gearbox leaking. Multiplug sleeve and sump pan assembly required. Approximately £1,050

Play in offside rear shock bush. Approximately £440

Offside rear track rod arm gator split, leaking grease. Approximately £420

Both front forward arm bushes split and delaminating. Approximately £1145

I appreciate that Jaguar will be at the high end of prices. I think pads can definitely be done a fair bit cheaper, maybe £400, and gearbox probably can be done as part of a gearbox service, although unsure what a Multiplug sleeve is.

Before it get this lot priced up elsewhere. Are the any knowlegable mechanics, or folk on here with a good idea of what I should look to pay at an independent?

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Thomas
 

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Gearbox is a ZF six speed so about £400 for the service which includes the pan, a few £ extra for the sleeve at a ZF specialist.
I expect you can easily halve the cost of the other jobs too
 

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Ta, that's what I thought (regarding the gearbox service).

Gearbox is a ZF six speed so about £400 for the service which includes the pan, a few £ extra for the sleeve at a ZF specialist.
I expect you can easily halve the cost of the other jobs too
 

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ZF sell service kits with the mechatronic plug sleeve in them, it needs to be removed as part of the draining process plastic and perishable, it is where the TCU plugs into the box and is a common source for leaking.

I've used TAS on Mersea Island before, they're a small family based company always got high end vehicles in for repair.
 

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I fitted my own brakes for my XK, OEM discs all round and ebc redstuff all round for £320 (already had the wind back kit for the rear brakes). Well worth it, no dust from then on afterwards.
 

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Most suspension components are sold with bushes already in, you can't buy most of the bushes independently (wishbones for example) so you have to change the component. That's at a dealer anyway, and independent may be able to do better.

No idea how the dealer ascertained the multiplug sleeve needs changing without dropping the transmission sump pan and the fluid first as that is an internal part. Jaguar officially say the transmission is a sealed for life unit though so I'm surprised they didn't say you have to replace the whole unit. Service kits for these as already stated cost about £250-£280 and will include the pan (with integrated filter), the fluid, the plug sleeve and a couple of other bits and bobs, plus an hour or so labour to fit.
 

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Hmm, I now remember one of my S-Types needed whole new front struts or something like that... I suppose the designers think only of build cost not ongoing costs...
 

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I remember some years back I took my 2004 Mercedes CLK for a main dealer health check and to my horror gave me an estimated bill for around £1200. I then took the car to an independent and was told many of the faults were unfounded by them and ended up paying just £300 for a few obvious defects.
Hope you get your XK sorted at a realistic price and all the work is necessary Thomas, after all it's a Jaguar not a Bentley.
 

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Thomas - don't know if you have any good / trusted Indy's near you or not?

If not, my advice......make a call to Chris at The Jag Specialist in Doncaster ( he's not a million miles away from you )
I've travelled down from Glasgow when there is a lot of work at ££££ needing done and either had a long day, just waiting or had an overnight and still saved £££

The other part is, Chris is one of the best / trusted Indy's in the country and has people from Glasgow / London and even Wales use him
That bill could easily be halved would be my guess and well worth the trip

Hope to hear how you get on

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Hi Ian,

Do the Ebac redstuff just swap over with what I have, or is there a requirement for new caliper housing?

Also, where did you get your Ebac redstuff from? Rimmer Bros?

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Thomas

I fitted my own brakes for my XK, OEM discs all round and ebc redstuff all round for £320 (already had the wind back kit for the rear brakes). Well worth it, no dust from then on afterwards.
 

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Hi Simpo3,

As per my message, these are dealer prices, so at the high end of things. It was a free healthcheck they provided with the service.

Apart from the brakes, everything else appears to have an extra zero on the end. :')

Cheers
Thomas

And a new bush costs how much? Are these main dealer prices?
 

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Hi Ian,

Do the Ebac redstuff just swap over with what I have, or is there a requirement for new caliper housing?

Also, where did you get your Ebac redstuff from? Rimmer Bros?

Thanks
Thomas
Its a straight change over Thomas and the EBC website ( they are based in Northampton ) are probably the best for price .
Europarts were asking around £30 more the last time I changed mine . They have a small Factory Shop about 2
miles from Jnct 15 on the M1
 

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Hi Shmee,

Is this the 'Multiplug sleeve' they were referring to?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-ZF-6HP...-Seal-kit-6pcs-BMW-Transmission-/112345183309

If so, I'll do a proper search on this and pan assembly, but want to check I have the right part first.

Cheers,
Thomas

ZF sell service kits with the mechatronic plug sleeve in them, it needs to be removed as part of the draining process plastic and perishable, it is where the TCU plugs into the box and is a common source for leaking.

I've used TAS on Mersea Island before, they're a small family based company always got high end vehicles in for repair.
 

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Thank you Red. Much appreciated.

Its a straight change over Thomas and the EBC website ( they are based in Northampton ) are probably the best for price .
Europarts were asking around £30 more the last time I changed mine . They have a small Factory Shop about 2
miles from Jnct 15 on the M1
 

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Hi Jim,

I have a garage that I take my dads old car to, as they seem pretty trustworthy, and I have asked them to price up the job too.

Depending on their cost, and what folk say on here. I may end up buying some of the parts myself, and getting them to fit them.

I'll probably get a ZF specialist to look at the gearbox though. Unless the garage tell me it is a gearbox they serviced before, I don't want to be their first! :p

Cheers
Thomas

Thomas - don't know if you have any good / trusted Indy's near you or not?

If not, my advice......make a call to Chris at The Jag Specialist in Doncaster ( he's not a million miles away from you )
I've travelled down from Glasgow when there is a lot of work at ££££ needing done and either had a long day, just waiting or had an overnight and still saved £££

The other part is, Chris is one of the best / trusted Indy's in the country and has people from Glasgow / London and even Wales use him
That bill could easily be halved would be my guess and well worth the trip

Hope to hear how you get on

Jim
 

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Health check! One can do without offers like that :)

Was that £500 for just pads or with discs? A branded set of pads, for example, Ferodo, etc., should start at about £60-70 all round. They are not hard to fit. Might need the wear sensor cables though - add another £20 tops. 4mm is getting low but it is not a panic yet.

Rear track rod arm gator splitting is rather common and it is also easy to fit a replacement rod (or two). Look for something like: TRW JTC1336

I would ask for a second opinion about the bushes but at that age, they could well be worn. There must a more reasonable offer out there.

As mentioned before, the gearbox should be looked at by a specialist.
 

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Yeah, I'm not down to the 1.5mm, yet! :)

However, I figured seeing as they listed a load of stuff on the health check, it is better to start looking at doing it.

Gearbox is of a more pressing concern, because if it is leaking, that puts the gearbox at risk. And f**k replacing that! :')

Health check! One can do without offers like that :)

Was that £500 for just pads or with discs? A branded set of pads, for example, Ferodo, etc., should start at about £60-70 all round. They are not hard to fit. Might need the wear sensor cables though - add another £20 tops. 4mm is getting low but it is not a panic yet.

Rear track rod arm gator splitting is rather common and it is also easy to fit a replacement rod (or two). Look for something like: TRW JTC1336

I would ask for a second opinion about the bushes but at that age, they could well be worn. There must a more reasonable offer out there.

As mentioned before, the gearbox should be looked at by a specialist.
 

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Ebc pads will be a straight change over Thomas....

Neil makes a good point about the cost of pads only??

Gearbox pan / fluids
There are 2 people worth checking Mackies Transmissions and Bristol Transmissions

Mackies are based in Glasgow and are a A1 rated ZF partner ( they've serviced by gearbox twice now and also many other Jag owners and forum members )
Bristol Transmissions are clearly in Bristol and do seem to supply a lot of these kits

Best of luck
Jim
 
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