Jaguar Repair Problems? Ask a Jaguar Repairs Expert.
Hi There, I'm Clayso a certified master automobile technician with 30 years of automotive repair and diagnostic experience.
From your description sounds like the lower steering column coupling is the source of the noise. In October 2002 Jaguar issued a technical service bulletin concerning steering rack knocking or rattling. The bulletin involves replacing the coupling with a revised rubber coupling and replacing the power steering return line.
2002 Jaguar XJ8 TSB 211-06
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Sounds like you have narrowed down the noise to the passenger side. I can say that shocks don't usually make noises unless they're completely worn out or broken, then there is the excessive bounce that's a dead give away. It's possible to have a defective shock, but if the noise was there before replacement, kind of hard to say.
Raise the right front wheel off the ground from the lower control arm and hit the tire and listen for any noises, personally I use a heavy rubber hammer and bang on the inside, outside, top and bottom of the tire. Let me know if there are any noises similar to the ones you're experiencing.