Originally Posted by r8tourer
Thanks for the responses to my question. I have always had new cars so never had to worry about DIY maintenance. Love learning all this stuff but I need a much better understanding, a workshop manual would help.
So i've had a look at the XJ this arvo, I don't understand how the spark plugs and leads are linked together. I can't even see any leads. I've googled this to no end, and had no luck... Hoping you guys can shed some light.
Mine is a 4L 2001 model, from what I've read these are different to most prior to 99?
A Haynes manual is a great start, they're not cheap but very useful. The Factory Service Manual is also available - I have the 99 version and while verbose on text it is thorough and model specific. You should be able to search down a version on naxja.org or cherokeeforum.com or even here somewhere.
I knew little before I started a couple of years ago and i've done heaps since. It is fun to learn and also good to know your vehicle if you are taking it somewhere remote. (Or even in Nerang on a family holiday and having a TPS fail, diagnose same day and pickup part and replace next day.)
2000 have coil on plug so you won't see a distributor with leads hanging off. I've never seen one but my old Skyline had this and the plus were hidden under a cover on top of the block. I'm guessing the 4.0L is much the same block as mine but perhaps they have the plugs and coils similarly hidden? Coilpack might be something to search for.