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Bonnet Removal

Bonnet Removal

John Napoli

I pull the bonnet off my XJ several times a year (it greatly eases maintenance). I do it by myself.


  • Put a towel under the grill along the bumper.
  • Put your creeper on top of the engine, angled towards the bonnet.
  • Disconnect the swing arm, and then all the bolts. Don't forget to unplug the high beams (bullet connectors) -- one ground and one hot lead per bulb.
  • Stand in front of the bonnet, hand on each side, and lift up and take a step backwards. Oh, yeah, put another towel on top of the head in front of the creeper to cushion it as it falls.

Installation is the reverse.

Jim Warren adds

I found pipe insulation handy when storing various large sheet metal bits...the tough foam tubes slit down one side. Protects the edges. Jim W. '83 XJ6 vdp (xk140 dhc project)

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