Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car doesn't start all of the time

asked by on

I am having repeated trouble with the ignition. The car sometimes won't start. The instruments have power, but I can't get the car out of park. I also hear a click when I turn the key. I have replaced multiple parts, including the battery, but this hasn't solved the problem. The car will sometimes start a couple of hours later on a second or third attempt to start.

A: While the description provided was detailed...

While the description provided was detailed, unfortunately the information for your Jaguar is a bit limited to make a proper diagnosis on what you are experiencing. It was mentioned that multiple parts were replaced on the vehicle, and knowing you have a good battery does help but without knowing which parts were replaced, it is difficult to move forward. Assuming you did not replace the starter, one of the symptoms you describe can be duplicated by the starter intermittently failing. A faulty brake switch can prevent your Jaguar from being shifted out of park, however it is just one of many components that can duplicate this concern. It may be time to enlist the assistance of a certified mechanic to come by and look over your Jaguar. They will have the experience and tools to identify why your XK8 is experiencing an intermittent starting problem as well as determine why you cannot shift your vehicle out of park. They will also be able to perform the necessary repairs needed to allow your Jaguar to start and shift into gear every time.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: will the bellhousing interchange with a 1998 dorange 273 motor

My best recommendation would be to determine the model of transmission that your vehicle has. I would then cross reference that model number with the transmission that you are considering installing to verify its compatability. If the two transmissions are...

Q: Engine light staying on

Hi there. The Check Engine Light should stay illuminated until the vehicle is running. So, your light being on while cranking is normal. However, if the light was on before when the engine was running, diagnostic trouble codes may be...

Q: Coolant mixed, car started running differently

Hello. Mixing different “types” of antifreeze solutions will not make a car run “differently.” However, manufacturers of antifreeze do NOT recommend mixing with other “types” or brands due to possible chemical incompatibility, which will shorten the effective lifetime of corrosion...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.