Jaguar S-Type. Service manual - part 34


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Jaguar S-Type. Service manual - part 34



Driving Information



Tow ball center height from the ground at 
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW):

(A) = 37.0 cm to 38.2 cm (14.5 inches to 
15.04 inches).

Tow ball center distance from center line 
of rear axle:

(B) = 116.5 cm (45.87 inches).


Fuel and Refuelling


Fuel and Refuelling




• Fuel vapour is highly flammable, 

and in confined spaces is explosive 
and toxic. In the event of 
inadvertent spillage, and before 
refuelling, always switch OFF the 
engine. Do not use exposed flame 
or light. Do not smoke. Do not 
inhale fumes.

• Do not fill the tank so that fuel is 

visible in the fuel filler intake tube. 
This could cause spillage and 
danger from exposed fuel.

• The presence of any unusual fumes 

(for example, petrol or exhaust 
fumes) in the passenger 
compartment and or luggage 
compartment should be corrected 
immediately by a Jaguar Retailer. If 
you must drive under these 
conditions do so only with all 
windows fully open.

• Any modifications to the fuel 

system not specifically designed 
for this vehicle are prohibited. Such 
modifications in some 
circumstances could result in a fire. 
All service actions should be 
entrusted to a Jaguar Retailer

• Do not operate a cell phone at a gas 


Caution: Do not put additives of any 
kind (fuel or oil) in the fuel tank. 
Additives could reduce engine life or 
affect exhaust emissions.


The fuel filler flap release switch is located 
in the knee bolster switchpack below the 
facia. The filler flap is on the right-hand 
side of the vehicle.

To remove the filler cap, turn it 
counter-clockwise approximately a ¼ 
turn, until a slight resistance is met, 
continue turning to release it. Remove the 
cap from the filler neck.

Fuel and Refuelling



A label on the inside of the fuel filler flap 
serves as a reminder to fill the tank with 
the correct fuel.

The cap, which is held by a retaining 
strap, can be stowed on the hook on the 
flap to allow easy access to fill the tank.

When filling, the dispenser nozzle must be 
inserted into the filler neck sufficiently to 
open the trap door for fuel to flow into the 
fuel tank. For quickness and to 
completely fill the tank, make sure that the 
fuel nozzle rests on the bottom of the filler 
neck, as shown. Fill the tank until the filler 
nozzle automatically shuts off. Filling 
beyond this point could result in fuel 

After refuelling, refit the filler cap in the 
filler neck and twist the cap clockwise 
until it clicks three times. Close the flap, 
which automatically locks shut.

The continuous use of high quality fuel 
makes the need for additional additives 
unnecessary. This will help to protect the 
engine components against corrosion, 
carbon deposit formation and prevent the 
fuel injection system from clogging.

If in doubt your local Jaguar Dealer will 
advise on which fuel must be used in your 

Emission control components

Owing to the legislative requirements or 
options available in some countries, a 
Jaguar Dealer should be consulted where 
any doubt exists as to the precise 
emission control system specification of 
this vehicle.


Avoid the risk of running out of fuel and 
never intentionally drive the car when the 
fuel gauge indicates that the tank is 
empty. When refuelling your vehicle after 
the fuel gauge reads empty, you may not 
be able to add the fuel quantity shown 
below as there will be a small reserve 
remaining in the tank.


The filler neck of the fuel tank is a small 
diameter to suit the unleaded fuel pump 
nozzle and will prevent the larger diameter 
leaded fuel nozzle from entering the filler 

Caution: Vehicles with gasoline 
engines must only be filled with 
Unleaded Fuel. Leaded fuel will 
damage the catalytic converters.

Unleaded fuel

All vehicles are fitted with a catalytic 
system and can only use unleaded fuel.

Unleaded fuel must be used for the 
emission control system to operate 
properly. Its use will also reduce spark 
plug fouling, exhaust system corrosion 
and engine oil deterioration.

Use only Premium unleaded gasoline with 
a minimum anti-knock index (AKI) of 91.

Total tank 

69.7 litres
(18.4 US Gallons).

Indicated refIll 
capacity – E to 
F on fuel gauge.

64.3 litres
(17.0 US Gallons).


5.3 litres
(1.4 US Gallons).


Fuel and Refuelling


Using unleaded fuel with a lower AKI than 
recommended can cause persistent, 
heavy spark knock (a metallic rapping 
noise). If severe, this can lead to engine 

If a heavy spark knock is detected, even 
when using fuel of the recommended 
octane rating, or if you hear steady spark 
knock while holding a steady speed on 
level roads consult a Jaguar Dealer to 
have the problem corrected. Failure to do 
so is misuse of the vehicle, for which 
Jaguar Cars Limited, is not responsible. 
However, occasional light spark knock for 
a short time while accelerating or driving 
up hill, may occur.

Fuels containing alcohol

Caution: Take care not to spill fuel 
during refuelling. Fuel containing 
alcohol can cause paint damage, which 
may not be covered under the 

Some fuel suppliers sell fuel containing 
alcohol without advertising its presence. 
Where uncertainty exists check with the 
service station operator.

Note: Some difficulty in starting may be 
encountered when using alcohol blended 


Caution: This vehicle is not suitable for 
use with fuels containing more than 10 
per cent ethanol. Do not use E85 fuels 
(85 per cent ethanol content). 
Equipment necessary for the use of 
fuels containing more than 10 per cent 
is not fitted to this vehicle. If E85 fuels 
are used, serious engine and fuel 
system damage will occur.

Fuels containing up to 10% ethanol (grain 
alcohol) may be used. Make sure the fuel 
has octane ratings no lower than those 
recommended for unleaded fuel. 

Most drivers will not notice any operating 
difference with fuel containing ethanol. If 
a difference is detected, the use of 
conventional unleaded fuel should be 


Some fuels contain methanol (methyl or 
wood alcohol). If you use fuels containing 
methanol the fuels must also contain 
co-solvents and corrosion inhibitors for 
methanol. Also, do not use fuels that 
contain more than three per cent 
methanol, even if they contain 
co-solvents and corrosion inhibitors. Fuel 
system damage or vehicle performance 
problems resulting from the use of such 
fuels is not the responsibility of Jaguar 
Cars Limited, and may not be covered 
under the warranty.

Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE)

Unleaded fuel containing an oxygenate 
known as MTBE can be used provided 
the ratio of MTBE to conventional fuel 
does not exceed 15%.

MTBE is an ether based compound, 
derived from petroleum, which has been 
specified by several refiners as the 
substance to enhance the octane rating of 

Reformulated gasoline

Several petroleum companies have 
announced the availability of reformulated 
fuels. These fuels are specially designed 
to further reduce vehicle emissions.








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