Late last November just as I was getting ready to put my 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 coupe into hibernation all the ignition related lights on the dash lit-up like a Christmas tree. It was actually quite pretty though I immediately knew it wasn’t good news. When I had bought it in June 2105, from a very nice and honest gentleman from Vermont, he had told me, in writing, that I would soon be requiring a new battery. So I thought the battery had gone. I mothballed the car for the winter (though I now find that somebody, very small, did sleep in there during that time) and didn’t give it much thought.
In April this year I bought a “Optima Batteries 8002-002 34 RedTop Starting Battery“, with 800 Cold Cranking Amps, from Amazon, and thought I would be all set. I changed the battery (just to prove to those that claim that I can’t even change a fuse on a car). The Jag started fine BUT all the lights stayed on. Aahh! Alternator. Then a friend stopped by, put his hand down into the depths of that dark and murky engine bay, and said I had no alternator belt. That explained much.
I wasn’t going to replace just the alternator belt — and we found the broken one stuck to the engine. So I got a complete set of 4 belts from JagBits. But the alternator belt in the standard Jag kit did not match the broken one we had found. So I ordered that, a serpentine one, using the number stamped on the belt, from Amazon (who else).
A couple of people, including the friend who found the broken belt, offered to replace the belts for me. But after some due consideration I decided that I only trust Paul with my British cars. And that was one heck of a good decision.
Had the XJS taken on a flatbed to Paul Thursday afternoon — we having AAA Premier just for the ‘towing’. The XJS was ready Saturday morning. I won’t tell you how much Paul charged me or the amount of labor he billed BUT trust me, I was very happy. It was a good deal. It was beyond fair. I am very happy.
So sharing because you too might find that “B-Boys” could help you.
Thank YOU Paul.