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    Repairing hydraulic hose for roof on convertible

    Has anyone had any luck getting a hydraulic hose for the roof mechanism repaired? One of mine is leaking and I would rather repair than replace if possible to save on disassembly - there is oil showing under the floor on the passenger side and the oil level in the roof mechanism reduces whenever the roof is operated so I think the two are connected, especially as it started after I bashed the floor down to remove a dent left presumably from someone jacking up the car with the floor rather than the jacking point (before I owned the car). I now know that the hood hose goes that direction but didn't before! Rather than have to strip the whole interior to replace the hose I would rather just sort out the carpet in the front and get to the hose with a repair kit or take it somewhere to get it done, but don't know if this is possible so any experiences would be great.

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    Jaguar had a repair kit for a while, but it would fail after a few months, so it was discontinued. Replacement is the best option, about 6 hours or so of labor.
    2001 XKR White Onyx convertible, S-type 4.2 Quartz sedan., 2007 XK Ebony Convertible

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    Thanks for the reply, I had read about the repair kit but it isn't really what I need even if available. Having many years ago worked in the tube fitting industry I thought there might be a suitable fitting which could be used to insert a repair section, mainly because I haven't really got a spare 6 hours at the moment and don't fancy paying someone else to do a job like that which I could easily do myself! I'll keep looking and see if I can find anything - if so I'll report back but if anyone has ideas I would be grateful.

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    I have heard of one person who repalced the fitting successfully. I do not have the details. A friendly hydraulics shop might be able to help.

    IMO, however this is a waste of time and money, since the plastic hose has dereriorated and will fail again in short order.

    On the other Jaguarforums.com, there is a thread on capping off the top latch at the pump and making the latching manual. If you are in a pinch, perhaps this is the answer for you.
    2001 XKR White Onyx convertible, S-type 4.2 Quartz sedan., 2007 XK Ebony Convertible

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    I haven't yet found where the problem actually is but suspect it was caused by my hitting the pipe when trying to flatten the floor so not specifically an issue with the hose, more a one of incident which was not due to normal deterioration - hopefully!! Thanks for the advice, if I have to I am happy to replace both hoses to the screen frame, but if I did damage the hose when working on the floor and I can get a reliable fix for it I would be happy to do that>

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    I have just repaired the leaking pipe easily using a special pipe repair system. Took five minutes to repair after removing the hood latch bat etc

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    S6driver - I would love to know more about the pipe repair system you used, please can you let me have details.

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    I was told it wasn't possible but I cut the opt 1 inch from the union and added a repair pipe I got from my hydraulics man and hey pesto job done, I need to top up oil but its holding pressure

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    How is the repair pipe connected? And who is the repair man? Sorry for all the questions, just that it could save me a lot of work!

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    Let me test it and if all is well I will give you all the details. I will even be able to supply you with the pipe and connectors. It fits directly onto the union and the other end secures onto the original pipe.
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