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Thank goodness. I’ve just picked my car up, all fixed and oil tight. My mechanic found no signs of damage other than a degraded oil seal. The diff had lost a small amount of oil over the last 800 miles, but close examination showed the oil in good health, with no filings. I’m £117 poorer, but a lot happier. Thanks for all the advice offered.
Result! And under the circumstances, £117 seems a bargain if you consider: a) what it could have been and, b) what a Jaguar dealer would have charged you! :eek:

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Good price for that, and now...........relax.
 

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And........ breathe :D

Excellent news.
 

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Result! And under the circumstances, £117 seems a bargain if you consider:
a) what it could have been and,
b) what a Jaguar dealer would have charged you! :eek: /QUOTE]

For information, mine is booked in at my local Jaguar dealer for the same work (under warranty) - cost is £331.92 + £19.75 for oil. Hopefully that will fix the slight weep from the pinion and the diff will survive the surgery!

From what I read in the workshop manual, the crush washer to set the bearing pre-load is not replaced, but things should be OK if the job is done correctly. Time will tell.
 

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My chap was apologetic at £117. The part & oil was £17, and he said ordinarily labour would have been 1 hour / £50. But he had some seized bolts which took him to 2 hours.
 

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That is the kind of mechanic we all need.
 

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That is the kind of mechanic we all need.
Indeed Wilf - I would much rather pay a premium rate for a decent spannerman, rather than a main dealer 'technician'.
 

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Ditto Philayl, on my old 2.7d the diff was changed also the prop and driveshafts to the later type that is fitted to the 3.0ltr cars as the original Salisbury differential leaked due to carborundum paste being not fully washed out during manufacture, this turned the oil black and tore up the seals.

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Indeed Wilf - I would much rather pay a premium rate for a decent spannerman, rather than a main dealer 'technician'.
Share where you are so maybe others can benefit!

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Share where you are so maybe others can benefit!

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My mechanic is John Barton at Ribble View Garage in Preston. Absolutely top bloke.
 

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My mechanic is John Barton at Ribble View Garage in Preston. Absolutely top bloke.
I used to commute back and forth to Preston (180 mile round trip) for 10 months. That was a bad career choice...

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I used to commute back and forth to Preston (180 mile round trip) for 10 months. That was a bad career choice...

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They must have been paying you well to do that every day mate. On the other extreme, I have two offices: one is upstairs and the other is 1.7 miles away.
 

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Luckily mine was covered under warranty.
 

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