The fuel filter on the Jaguar XJ8 is the same filter used on 1988 and newer Chevy trucks. This is very beneficial when you are looking for a new filter for your XJ8 as they are easy to find in any auto parts store. The fuel filter on the XJ8 is located above the left-rear half shaft next to the wheel well. If you take the wheel off it is easy to get to and change.
Place the vehicle in park on a level surface and engage the parking brake. Take the negative wire off of the battery. Loosen the lug nuts on the left rear wheel.
Jack the back of the vehicle up and put jack stands under the chassis. Let the car down to rest on the jack stands. Remove the lug nuts from the left rear wheel and remove the wheel.
Place a dripping pan under the fuel filter. Remove the filter by pulling off the tabs around the fuel line on each side of the filter and unscrewing the clamp that holds the filter to the chassis with the screwdriver. After the tabs are off the line and the clamp is loose, pull the filter out of the fuel line. Let the fuel from the filter and the line drip into the pan.
Place the new filter in the line where the old one was. Look on the filter for an arrow and place the filter into the line with the arrow pointing in the direction of the fuel flow. The fuel flows from the fuel tank to the engine, so point the arrow toward the front of the car. Attach the clamp around the filter and tighten it with the screwdriver until it is tight.
Place the new tabs, that came with the new filter, around the fuel line on both sides of the filter so that it is secure.
Place the tire on the lugs and tighten the lug nuts loosely. Remove the dripping pan from under the car and jack it up off of the jack stands.
Remove the jack stands and lower the car back to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench in a star pattern; tighten the top lug nut, then the bottom nut, then the right nut, then the lift nut. Do this until all the lug nuts are tight. Replace the negative battery cable.
Keep your head away from the filter as you pull it off to avoid having fuel splashed into your face.
Never smoke or let any flames and sparks around and open fuel line. The fumes are extremely flammable and could explode.