Roof Hose Replacement
For this procedure NOTE: This is for a 99 xk8. The '07 and up XK convertible top is completely different from the '97-'06 cars.
Hyd Pump located on the right side of the trunk area. Notice that the bottom hose has a marking tape (white). This is where I put the new hose line that had the "F" on it This set of hoses are directional and it is important to note the proper hose on the proper fitting.
Hyd hoses goes into the bulkhead into the right rear of the roof
Right rear roof compartment
Right rear roof compartment
The Hyd lift and retract cylinder is located behind the rear speakers. You will need to remove the both of them. This speaker is from the left side
If you use this procedure to unlock the rams it will enable you to continue without removing the speakers and in many cases enable you to leave the rear seat back in place. It will eliminate the use of the straps.
Hyd cylinder on the right side The right hand lift has wires connected and are critical to the window and latch operation.
Tie down strap was used to release the tension on the roof frame. The top was connected to the top of the cylinder shaft. I had one on both sides
The bottom was attached to the body located directly below the
Another view The strap is not necessary if you can unlock the roof by hand. However, you do not want to bend anything associated wit the roof mechanism. Remember if it does not feel right the it may not be right. Use caution!
Now that the top is down I removed the top cap over the top of the locking mechanism. The screws were a little hard to reach under the rubber but be patient and take your time. You do not want to cut or tare the rubber seals.
Locking mechanism view from top
lowered the latching assembly and identified the leaking hose. Notice
that the top hose has a marking tape (white). This is the one I put the
new line on that had the "F" markings. This hose is directional!
Hyd hose down the left pillar
Down past the fuse panel on the left
Under the carpet drivers side
Removed the drivers seat to have access to Hyd hose under the carpet
in front of the seat and down the left side of the center console to the
A view of the Hyd hose down the side of the center console to the
Along the rear under the rear seat from the console to the right rear Hyd cylinder where it goes to the rear compartment to the Hyd pump.
NOTE: This is for a 99 xk8. The '07 and up XK convertible top is completely different from the '97-'06 cars
This procedure may vary from MY cars
You now have the Hyd latch replaced and you just need to reverse the process to get it back to normal. To replace the Hyd hoses you will need to follow the same path as the one that was installed. What I did was to remove the old as I went along using the old Hyd line to pull the new one as I went along. One of the hardest parts of dong this was at the fuse panel, under the carpet drivers side and where it goes into the trunk. Pulling with the old hose made it easier. You will find plastic clips along the way, however; you will find wire ties that will need to be cut and new ones installed to keep the Hyd line in place. I removed the old Hyd fluid from the pump and installed new. The entire job took me 6 hours. At age 60 I move a little slower than others.
I addition The Hyd fluid that is resting in the overhead light can be removed. What I did was soak the entire light in dishwashing detergent ( Dawn) after removing all of the wires and switches (all the electrical devices). I soaked it in warm water several times and blew it out with air. As for the material it did not stain any of it. When my leak started I quickly removed the light and packed the area with paper towels preventing it from spilling causing additional damage. Hope this helps.
Good Luck if you wish to take on this project. If you should find a better way let me know, if I left something out let me know so that others can benefit.
Around 10/25/07 Jaguar had a hose repair kit to repair the failed end at the latch but that kit failed miserably and was removed from stock.