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Like a lot of people, my XF has been suffering from a fault in the boot wiring. In my case the boot opening switch was inoperative, although others have reported rear camera or numberplate lighting faults.

I disconnected the loom at the boot lid and stripped it out so I could examine the obvious pinch point in the flexible conduit.

Who uses stiffish 22AWG wire in a loom subject to frequent acute flexing?

I found two wires completely cut and had to cut and crimp five further wires that were holding on by one strand.

That will do pro tem but I think I'm going to make up a new loom with more appropriate wire as a permanent solution.

I could replace the loom with a new Jaguar loom but that seems to me to be asking for the same trouble again.

Nil points to whoever specified that wiring 😞


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Hi Paul,

In the book "Saving Jaguar" by Sir John Egan he mentions that a certain supplier of electrical parts was sending inferior parts to manufacturers which would need replacing after a short time.  This supplier would get more money from a recall than the part would cost.

Inferior parts from some suppliers in other industries is also well known by those fitting  the parts.



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