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Good morning all.

Having intermittent problems with the ( I think ) Rotary Switch on the Gearbox, if you select " D " sometimes the " D " light does not illuminate and  the gears will not change, seems to be stuck in 1st or 2nd gear.  If you move the gear selector around a bit to other positions and then back to " D "the " D " light will come on and then all is well. The problem is intermittent but I think getting worse - it's making me twitch a bit now !

It's possible that the selector cable is sticking or mis adjusted, that was the cause of a similar problem a couple of years ago but I would like to be really sure this time and get the Switch repaired/ refurbished  before getting the adjustment done.

A brand new switch would be nice but not sure if they are available and dread to think of the price even if they are. I know that some companies offer a repair service for some of the electronics bits like ABS Control Modules etc so does anyone know of a company that offers repairs to these Switches ?

Any help or advice gratefully received !



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Hi Jim, thanks for the help and advice.

I did find Dave's website AFTER I'd found an outfit on eBay offering a repair service. As usual I leapt before I looked......

I sent the switch to them by Special Delivery on Monday morning and it's already on it's way back to me and due to arrive today. Obvioiusly I don't yet know how this is going to pan out but the eBay feedback is 100% positive so I'm trying to be equally positive about it but not yet 100% sure......!

I can't get the Switch fitted until the beginning of June when the car is in for MoT and service so I'll just have to fret for a little longer.

Once it is fitted and I've given it a good test I'll Post the results and details of the outfit on here in case anyone else wants to give it a try. Fingers and webbed toes crossed.

Thanks again.



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Well the Switch arrived back yesterday and it looks nice and clean. It has obviously been opened as the rivets holding it all together have been changed.

So far so good but of course the acid test will be the functionality once fitted - I'm still nervous !



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It turns out that the existing Switch already on the car did not require changing, it seems that just a good clean and re grease of the ball joint and cable were all that was required.

However as these Switches are now about as common as rocking horse poo and even more expensive I will be carefully wrapping up the refurbished one and stashing it away somewhere safe - just in case !

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If the gear selector was to fail on Jaguar Xf 3.0d v6 x260 2017 with 50k on the clock, while driving. What effect could this have on the engine ?  The D was flashing during the total lost of power. This all happened within 20/30 seconds of lost of power.

Reason for the enquiry is my car engine sized up with no warnings. The gear selector was stuck in park and couldn’t be moved. The rear wheels wouldn’t move even after releasing the break catch release under the bonnet. 
My independence Jaguar specialist garage is informed me the electric break was broken. 
Any help or advice would be appreciated. 

With thanks 

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Sorry to hear of your troubles. a terrible thing to happen, hope you can find some solution.

I have no idea what is happening when you have a failure like you had, perhaps it would be stuck in the gear it was in at the moment of failure, I just don't know. If it was a catastrophic failure in the engine and/or gearbox I s'pose at that point it doesn't really matter, it's going to be a major repair either way.

There is a fairly easy way to release the run of the mill stuck in Park problem, it will be in the Drivers manual or you'll find many " how to " on line If it's just a simple problem ( ie flat battery, faulty brake light switch etc. ) 

Sadly it seems that you may have more of a problem than this, good luck with a fix.



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