my hood release has came loose XJ8 under dash battery down and valley button has been enabled must have some battery power for trunk to open and disingage the valley button cant

Harold Moore

Asked by Mar 21, 2015 at 10:12 PM about the 2005 Jaguar XJ-Series XJ8

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

hood release came loose under dash set threw the winter  battery down the valley
button is enabled cant release trunk when i try with the key to open trunk key will not
open trunk cause battery has to have some power in it to release vallay to be able to
jump start from the trunk but trunk will not open  and hood release is broke can i get
hood open to be able to jump start from under hood is there any way i can go and hit
the hood release can the grlle come off from outside the vehicle without the hood being
up or can you give me any suggestions

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Harold, I'm having a little trouble interpreting your comment.You need to use a little punctuation so I can separate the problems. When you say "valley"; do you mean "valet"? I am also having the problem where I cannot release the hood latch (left side stays down, right side releases fine). I have removed the wheel and well cover on the affected side, but I could find no access hole to get a tool into. I have heard that you might be able to access left latch mechanism from the interior through a rubber grommet/plug. I've yet to try this but I would do this before any modification (i.e. drilling a hole through the steel plate from inside the wheel well in the vicinity of the latch). You will be able to jump the battery if you get the hood up. I'm going to try something today and see if it works, and I'll follow up with any new information gained be it positive or not. My experience is primarily with 1970s and earlier Jags, but now that I have 2000 and 2001 XJ8's I'm trying to expand my knowledge and help anyone avoid costly work. Take care, Jacopo

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