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VVT Solenoid seal replacement question

 
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Default VVT Solenoid seal replacement question (about disconnecting the connectors)

For those of you that have done it, someone in another sub-forum was talking about this very thing, and the question was raised - how do you disconnect the two wire lead from the top of the solenoid so that you can remove and replace the seal? He was saying he didn't see the standard "click and remove" connector like in other places. I have a 2007 XK, and don't want to tear anything up trying to disconnect it.
 

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I've tried twice tonight, squeezing the back end of the tab in, and pulling. Nothing. Do I need to stick a small thin screw driver in from the back and pry OUT?
 
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That's one thing that I don't like about my XK, is that every electrical connector that I've encountered has been different. I've probably faced close to a dozen, and they're all different (squeeze this, push that, poke here). Either they got a bargain on odd-lots of connectors at Connectors-R-Us, and just randomly throw them in, or they designed a car that can be put together by monkeys, since any connector can only fit one place.
Just makes taking these things apart a real PITA!
Sorry, no experience with the VVT, just had to rant about the damn connectors.
 
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That's one thing that I don't like about my XK, is that every electrical connector that I've encountered has been different. I've probably faced close to a dozen, and they're all different (squeeze this, push that, poke here). Either they got a bargain on odd-lots of connectors at Connectors-R-Us, and just randomly throw them in, or they designed a car that can be put together by monkeys, since any connector can only fit one place.
Just makes taking these things apart a real PITA!
Sorry, no experience with the VVT, just had to rant about the damn connectors.
leftovers from their Lucas contracts I suppose. Thank God that era is gone.
 
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So, no one here has disconnected the VVT on an 07 XK? Please, if you have, take a moment and tell me/us how before I break this damned thing unintentionally. My new seals should be arriving tomorrow.
 
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So, no one here has disconnected the VVT on an 07 XK? Please, if you have, take a moment and tell me/us how before I break this damned thing unintentionally. My new seals should be arriving tomorrow.
I figured it out without breaking anything. Use a small screwdriver to pry up tab at the head of the clip, not the tail of the clip, while pushing clip off with the screwdriver and pulling with the other hand (rocking back and forth).
 
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I need to replace the VVT solenoid seal on the passenger side. It requires removal of the valve cover. Then replacement of VC gasket certainly, spark plug aperture gaskets, PCV o-ring, the valve cover bolt ring seals. Does anyone know if these come as a kit or do I need to purchase separately?

Edit: Disregard, I found kits that include the valve cover gasket, spark plug and valve cover bolt seals. I can then just order the VVT solenoid seal and PCV o-ring separately. They didn't show up in my initial search which was weird because I see them on three local auto parts stores now. Maybe I misspelled "kit"
 

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I need to replace the VVT solenoid seal on the passenger side. It requires removal of the valve cover. Then replacement of VC gasket certainly, spark plug aperture gaskets, PCV o-ring, the valve cover bolt ring seals. Does anyone know if these come as a kit or do I need to purchase separately?

Edit: Disregard, I found kits that include the valve cover gasket, spark plug and valve cover bolt seals. I can then just order the VVT solenoid seal and PCV o-ring separately. They didn't show up in my initial search which was weird because I see them on three local auto parts stores now. Maybe I misspelled "kit"
Would love to see this job documented with photos etc and made into a sticky ... seems like itís somehting that might be occurring more frequently as these cars go past the 10 year mark...
 
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If I do it, I'll take a few pics and pointers if necessary and some part numbers.

kj07XK did a nice write up on the left side (valve covers) and that's the tougher side.

I'm pulling the under scuttle tomorrow in part to replace the accessory drive belt. Although I'm going to do it from the top, it looks like it's better viewed from underneath. At any rate, I'll do the usual visual for leaks once I have it on the lift. If it's bad enough (for me), I'll order parts. From up top it just looks a bit wet, not dripping. Anyway, here's the write up.

https://www.jaguarforums.com/forum/x...l-leak-199975/
 

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This is too minor to invest the time or money. It's wet around the seal and slightly aft of the solenoid. There's nothing underneath on the passenger side. I've sprayed some cleaner on it and wait. It could just have been a bit dry from storage.
 
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This is too minor to invest the time or money. It's wet around the seal and slightly aft of the solenoid. There's nothing underneath on the passenger side. I've sprayed some cleaner on it and wait. It could just have been a bit dry from storage.
Well, as I posted in post #6, there is no need to remove the valve covers to replace these seals. You just have to unplug the electrical connectors, pull the sensors, and replace the round seals. Put them back in, plug them up, and you are GTG. Mine are still leak-free. The date on the first post in this thread is how long ago I did it.
 
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Well, as I posted in post #6, there is no need to remove the valve covers to replace these seals. You just have to unplug the electrical connectors, pull the sensors, and replace the round seals. Put them back in, plug them up, and you are GTG. Mine are still leak-free. The date on the first post in this thread is how long ago I did it.
My misread then. I thought you were still talking about how to remove the electrical connector. I see where you note "so you can remove and replace the seal" but I interpreted that to mean disconnect the electrical connector so you could remove the valve cover to get to the solenoid. My mistake so I know what to do. Don't know why I thought the VC had to be removed. Thank you!
 
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