wheel alignment on Jaguar xk8

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Asked by Aug 24, 2013 at 09:54 PM about the 2001 Jaguar XK-Series XK8 Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My mechanic says caster and camber are  way off and cannot be adjusted with a traditional alignment on this car.  It is a 2001.  Do xk8 cars require a special machine , or what is the deal. I just put new tires on it and need to align properly.

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Your mechanic might not have the latest alignment equipment for today's cars. You'll want to find another mechanic or a local tire shop that has the latest alignment tools to perform a proper 4 wheel alignment.

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Agreed. I got mine done at a local shop.

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I just went through this problem ...caster & camber was fine but I was wearing the inside shoulder off the tires in under 10,000 miles. An alignment shop told me that there is no toe adjustment on my 1999 XK8. I enquired & found that the upper & lower control arms need to be replaced to remedy toe in. There are 4 & are about $800 each in Canada! ouch! I sold the car & bought a newer lower mileage XK8 that tracks straight & true. I have not checked with the Jag dealership ...so do not fault me if this is wrong ...but I accepted that because I found a remedy offered on a Jag forum on the internet. One can install rubber dogs that go in between the upper coils of the springs to prevent the front from squatting & thus slow excessive inner tire wear. I installed them & it made some difference ...but sold the Jag as I was buying a newer one anyway. XKs ...like the E-Type ...are BEAUTIFUL sexy machines ...I will always own one. Hope this helps. Let me know what you find out if you will ...Jim

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I have had several XK8s over the years. Camber caster is not adjustable on these cars. The toe is adjustable. If the front end is lower than original ride height, replace the upper shock mounts. The shock mount collapse leaving the front end and inch or two lower and by doing that the inside tread of the tires wear quickly. PartsGeek.com has the mounts prices half of OEM dealer prices and these mounts are exactly the same.

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