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Jaguar XJ8: Vanden Plas..wont start..a jump the car will not start

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My Jaguar XJ8 Vanden Plas...
My Jaguar XJ8 Vanden Plas 1998 wont start. The battery seems OK. But even with a jump the car will not start. It does not even turn over. Could it be a fuse? Where would I check for that?
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3/1/2009
Auto Mechanic: eric, Technician replied 8 years ago
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does ur headlights come on if so are they dim
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
They come on and are not dim. They seem fine
Auto Mechanic: eric, Technician replied 8 years ago
did u pull all fuses and inspect? due u have test light or know how work 1? check at starter to see if big wire coming from battery has power going to starter and check to see if have power at little wire when your trying to start car if you have power then its your start
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I do not have a test light. What is it? Where would the starter fuse be on this model? I cannot find it in the boot, or trunk.

Auto Mechanic: eric, Technician replied 8 years ago
it would be in the engine bay on d/s sir, and a test light is probe with bulb in it with ground strap.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
So if I bought a light test... Where would I actually use it? How much is one? Is in not just better to figure out if a fuse has gone and replace that rather than mess around with all of this? Seems more logical to me. Where is the fuse box for the starter motor?
Auto Mechanic: eric, Technician replied 8 years ago

well test light cost are cheap 10 bucks at local parts store. u ground wire on tool and you probe circiuts with tip when bulb lights up u have power at circiut. the fuse box is located in engine bay on driver side sir. u can pull each fuse and due visual first. i hope its just fuse or your going get hands dirty sir. good luck i'll be online if u need help.

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
What else could it be. How much is a 25 or 30 amp fuse? $1?   I mean it started first time on Thursday? Could be starter motor? How much are they?
Auto Mechanic: eric, Technician replied 8 years ago
around 200 - 300 dollar's for starter
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
OK... Well, not much else I can do really until some-one has a look at it I think. I will have it towed to a Jaguar mechanic on Monday and perhaps we can revisit then, as there is not much more I can ask you in terms of diagnostics till tomorrow. Is that OK?
Auto Mechanic: eric, Technician replied 8 years ago
well good luck sir hope you get your problem solved
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Thank you Eric. I had the car towed into a mechanic and I will let you know what they say. Once I have that information I will contact you again to see what you may suggest if it is something other than a fuse. Thank you, Philip
Auto Mechanic: eric, Technician replied 8 years ago

ok philip hopefully your repair doesnt cost much

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Eric do you know anything about the alarm system in these cars. Apparently my key has a magnetic chip that has immobilized the alarm system and therefore, even though all systems are working, (no mechanical faults) the car will not start because the power to the transponder that routes electricity to the starter motor has been blocked by the alarm system. Needs to be over-ridden and reset by an alarm over-ride.
Auto Mechanic: eric, Technician replied 8 years ago
sorryCustomerneed either replace immobilizer or reset by the dealer sir with there scanner tool
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
So have to get it reset by the dealer. Figured that. Thanks
Auto Mechanic: eric, Technician replied 8 years ago
sorryCustomerhope tows are not costing you much
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