Hi Richard here we go on our way to change over the engine assembly, in this XK8.Can you give us a suggestion where to start and what the most effiecent way would be. I talked to the guy we are buying the used engine from he said that it would be easier to remove the tranny, But we were loking at it and that is a pretty big extra job. Can we just remove the engine from the top, and leave the tranny in the vehicle?
Country: CanadaMake: JaguarModel: XK8Year: 1997Engine: 4.0L V-8
On this vehicle I actually remove the engine, transmission and sub frame as an assembly out through the bottom then disassemble and swap it out. You could remove it out from the top but it is pretty tight either way.
Sorry you lost me there a bit. How many hours does your way take??
If we went traditional style by pulling it out from the top. Would it me longer?
Ok I now see what you are saying...wow that seems like a lot of work.
I usually get them done in about a day and a half by removing it from the bottom. Of course if you run into seized bolts which unfortunately is common on the 1997 XK then of course it will be longer.
Ok but if we went from the top could we save...lets say half a day???..lol
No this is a convertible with true evidence that it was summer driven only.
So we are not sure that we want to take a project on that big.
In a nut shell can it be done from the top??
Will you be our advisor through this endevour?
The book procedure shows to remove the complete engine and transmission assembly from the top. Or you can remove the transmission first then remove the engine from the top. I am so used to removing the engines from the bottom that I feel it is easier and faster. Click on the link for the book procedure showing it being removed from the top.
12 years at a Jaguar dealer as technician and shop foreman.
Hi Richard the engine is completely seized we took the heads off while its in the car and num 7 piston disinigrated. Now if we try and seperate the engine and transmission with the converter still be attached to the fly wheel because at this point there is nothing we can do to turn the motor.
If we took the oil panoff will we have easy access to the bottom end?
You can remove the converter with the engine but I would replace the seals as they will most likely get damaged. As far as the bottom end you really cannot access much with just the pan removed.