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XJ6 IDLES ROUGH AT COLD START UP UNTIL IT REACHES CLOSED LOOP

1991 Jaguar Sovereign • 15,400 miles

Seems to smooth out a onset of closed loop. Do not know for sure do not have an OBD I system that will link with the jag. Any ideas on how to manually retrieve trouble codes? AM DOING COMPLETE TUNE UP. PLUGS, WIRES, DIELECTRIC GREASE, CAP, ROTOR, AIR AND FUEL FILTERS. ALSO WHAT IS HMSO HYDROLIC FLUID?
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RAYMOND L. CROSBY
December 12, 2011.




There are OBD1 code readers. There is not a way to manually retrieve codes. Older OBD0 cars had an LED that you read by how many times it flashed. Some early OBD1 cars have this but a Jaguar does not as it is a high end car that stayed ahead with tech.
Sounds like the Idle Air Control Valve, IACV may be bad. It is responsible for keeping idle at a steady idle depending on requirements of startup or load on vehicle engine from accesory electrical load.


There is "black tape" around harness on coolant temp sensor in water jacket could this be the culprit? Any test specs or ohms readings? Thanks again.


Tiny
RAYMOND L. CROSBY
Dec 14, 2011.
I was incorrect in regards to retieving diagnostic codes manually. There is a way to retieve them and count the number of flashes on the LCD indicator in the lower middle part of the instrument cluster. I am sending you diagrams that explain how to retieve, identify and test each code. I had to break the Pin Voltage Charts into 3 pages as it was too big to fit into 1, it is marked 1of3, 2of3 and 3of3.
There are 2 coolant temp sensors on the engine manifold. One is a vacuum advance, I found no information on it beyond an identification diagram as the information on its specification is not released by the manufacturer but it is not the one you want to look at anyway as I assume it has something to do with ignition advance as coolant temperature does affect ignition timing but there is no defintive answer given. However, check it for any vacuum leaks by inspecting hoses.
So, I gave you diagram that identifies which one is which just in case the one that is taped up is the vacuum advance as the other sensor has a lead and grounds out using the sensor surface to engine. So test it using engine manifol near it as ground.
I also gave you information on checking the Idle Air Control Valve as it may be part of the problem.
Let me know how it goes and we can go from there.


VERY VERY USEFUL! THE CODE WAS A 24. ACCORDING TO THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION YOU SENT, THAT WOULD BE A(N) IGNITION AMPLIFIER. IS THAT A COIL OR MODULE? WHEN I PULLED THE CODE THE LCD WINDOW FLASHED FUEL FAIL ALONG WITH THE CODE #.


Tiny
RAYMOND L. CROSBY
Dec 16, 2011.
The ignition amplifier is in the ignition spark circuit getting a signal to the ECU and then sending an amplified aignal from it to the coil then the coil sends a high voltage enrgey source for distribution to the distributor. The amplifier can be found on the right front inside the engine bay, I included FIG1 to show location. So, it is before the coil.
The fuel fail lead me to a trouble code #19, but was a little ambiguous about it, however it makes sense.
I mentioned the IACV before and it refers to checking that first, I included the tests that go with Fuel Fail #19. To test it you can locate it by looking on the intake manifold near the throttle body for a large solenoid that may have coolant lines running through it as it senses coolant temperature to control idle when starting. It will have an electrical connector which activates a solenoid to a plunger that changes some ports that can go around the throttle body butterfly valve. Remove the elctrical connector during start or after warmed up to see if idle changes. If it does not the IACV is totally shot. Sometimes they get too dirty to work right with high mileage and you have to remove them, you can keep coolant lines intact usually, and clean them so the plunger can move and also ensure that the ports are clear of carbon deposits. Before putting it back on, leave it connected to electrical connector and have someone start the car while you watch the plunger. It should react and move when you start the car and that indicates it is at least working. This does not mean it is keeping the proper idle though. There are not any specs that I could find for voltage test values, but I will continue to look. The Throttle Potentiometer or Throttle Position Sensor usually can be tested at closed and full open throttle for voltage, I think the pins to test on are given, if not you have to check the 2 possible combinations and you are looking for around.5 Volts at closed throttle and around 4.5-5.0Volts at WOT.
The Fuel Fail could also refer to fuel pressure, so if the problem persists if you have gone over and replaced items such as the IACV and TPS, you may have the fuel pressure checked. I think the most likley scenario is a weak spark from a failing amplifier and problem is made worse from failing IACV. You can find auto parts links over the web by using the search engine on this site to get good prices on parts you need.
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