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Hi Good Afternoon, I've joined the club as I'm potentially going to be the owner of a 51 plate 3.0ltr V6 'S' type. The car is currently owned by our friends father who after ill health has hung up his driving gloves and the car has been off the road for over 3 years. Any hints and tips or guidance would be greatly appreciated. 

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23 hours ago, Brightspark said:

Hi Good Afternoon, I've joined the club as I'm potentially going to be the owner of a 51 plate 3.0ltr V6 'S' type. The car is currently owned by our friends father who after ill health has hung up his driving gloves and the car has been off the road for over 3 years. Any hints and tips or guidance would be greatly appreciated. 

Mark

The S-Type can be problematical, as can most Jaguars. I would advise you read through the section reserved for S-Types and gain as much knowledge of them as you can. A lot of problems can stem from battery drain, particularly with S-Types. Even new batteries need regular charging to keep on top of many problem/codes.

With the car having been off the road and no more information given about service records, maintenance and usage I would be very careful that oils, levels, gearbox oil/filter replacements have been done. If the car has been stood for three years without being run at all I feel it is safe to say that the battery will need replacing. A battery charger/re-conditioner is an almost essential piece of equipment to keep a S-Type running well. I and most other users on this  Forum will use and recommend a CTEK MS 7 or MS 8 as the reliable kit to use.

Rust to sills, behind the plastic covers, is a well known problem which cannot always be obvious without removal of plastic covers. Sub frame and mounting are rust/rot can also be another costly problem.

If the car has been stood for the three years it would be best to treat as any car you would that had not been used for that time. I.E. Recommissioning procedure/s would be the safest bet.

Welcome to the Forum/Club and to the intriguing world of Jaguar ownership. You will always find someone or other on this forum that will have suggested repair to any problem you come across. There are some well versed, helpful and experienced people on this forum.

Best Wishes and Regards, John

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Thanks John for the info and guidance. I have started delving through the 'S' type pages and digesting relevant information. As yet i haven't found a re-commissioning guide, is there one? or knowledge amongst members. I found the pdf file for replacing the battery and have already decided on the purchase of a new battery & a CTEK charger. 

I will not be looking at this motor until November as our job keeps us both in Derbyshire till the end of October, so I'm doing my ground/home work first!

Are the sill panels easy to remove & replace so I can inspect the sills or is it a case of remove & purchase new clips?

Thanks all for your help

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3 hours ago, Brightspark said:

Thanks John for the info and guidance. I have started delving through the 'S' type pages and digesting relevant information. As yet i haven't found a re-commissioning guide, is there one? or knowledge amongst members. I found the pdf file for replacing the battery and have already decided on the purchase of a new battery & a CTEK charger. 

I will not be looking at this motor until November as our job keeps us both in Derbyshire till the end of October, so I'm doing my ground/home work first!

Are the sill panels easy to remove & replace so I can inspect the sills or is it a case of remove & purchase new clips?

Thanks all for your help

Mark

When my sills were replaced recently the clips cam off easily and were replaced without needing new. 

As far as I am aware there is not a specific re-commissioning guide of an S-Type. It is a case of making certain everything is  is working and in good order. If an engine had not been turned over for several years I personal would make certain the engine will rotate (without actually starting it) and is not seized in any manner, before I even attempted to start the engine. Hydraulic fluids in brake system could well be water saturated and can readily be tested. tyres could be low on pressure and not having been used they may have cracks appearing in side walls etc etc.,  due to deterioration.

A lot of it is just common sense when dealing with a vehicle that has not been started or used for a few years.

Good luck with it when you do actually get around to inspecting the car.

 

Best Wishes and Regards, John

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Welcome aboard Mark! I too recently became the owner of a 3.0 V6 SE S Type and so far (until yesterday) was enjoying it.

As John has said, there isn't really a specific recommissioning guide for the S Type, just general common sense. All fluids and filters, tyres (they could well have flat-spotted and/or perished/cracked up), check the serpentine drive belt in the engine bay, all rubber bushes etc that mount the suspension and like John advised, check for the dreaded tinworm.

They're a great car, i'm sure you will enjoy yours as much as i normally and i expect others do too! 😉 😄

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