xj40 paul wrote: naki_k wrote: Aidan wrote:
My X300 hs a whole car full of broken vent connectors. I'm thinking of buying some ABS plastic sheet and cutting out my own replacements. I doubt it's difficult although it'll be fiddly. I think the min difficulty is getting the vent out and separating each one into two to actually get at the offending piece of dried pasta that Jaguar used
That’s a good idea. It’s down to finding material with better longevity.
Hi Aidan , If I was going to the trouble of remaking these parts I would be looking at either Poly carbonate = (PC) or (PC/ABS) for a near unbreakable solution to this problem as ABS can snap again , unlike PC or PC/ABS , you can bend these in half & they still wont break . Regards Paul .
Thanks for the tip, Paul. I haven't heard of a compound of both PC and ABS, but it sounds good.
I'll certainly keep it in mind if I ever do actually get around to doing this.
I'm surprised at the general uselessness of the plastics used in this general area in the X300. Not only have my vane connectors all broken - every single one to all front and rear vents! - but the plastic clips which hold the vent assembly into the facia on both front side vents have snapped so the vents are now only held in by friction, rather than positively clipped into place. It seems as if the compound Jaguar (or Ford?) used in this area is not up to the job.
The vane connectors in our 2005 XC90 are paper thin but haven't perished, neither have I experienced this sort of problem in any of the three XJ40s I've owned.