XK (X150) V8-4.2L (2008)
Control Module: Service and Repair
TRANSMISSION CONTROL MODULE (TCM)
The TCM is an integral part of the Mechatronic valve block which is located at the bottom of the transmission, within the fluid pan. The TCM is the
main controlling component of the transmission.
The TCM processes signals from the transmission speed and temperature sensors, ECM and other vehicle systems. From the received signal inputs
and pre-programmed data, the module calculates the correct gear, torque converter clutch setting and optimum pressure settings for gear shift and
lock-up clutch control.
The TCM outputs signals to control the shift control solenoid valve and the Electronic Pressure Regulator Solenoids (EPRS) to control the hydraulic
operation of the transmission.
The ECM supplies the engine management data on the high speed CAN bus system. The TCM requires engine data to efficiently control the
transmission operation, for example; flywheel torque, engine speed, accelerator pedal angle, engine temperature etc.
The steering angle sensor and the ABS module also supply data to the TCM on the high speed CAN bus system. The TCM uses data from these
systems to suspend gear changes when the vehicle is cornering and/or the ABS module is controlling braking or traction control.
The selector lever is connected to the automatic transmission and the position switch in the transmission by a Bowden cable. Movement of the selector
lever moves the position switch via the cable and the switch position informs the TCM of the selected position. The sport switch passes the sport
selection to the TCM. 'Jaguar Sequential Shift' selections are sensed when the driver operates the steering wheel paddle switches. An additional switch
provides a selector lever 'not in park' position signal. Once the selector lever position is confirmed, the TCM outputs appropriate information which is
received by the instrument cluster to display the gear selection information in the message centre.
The Mechatronic valve block also contains the speed and temperature sensors. These are integral with the Mechatronic valve block and cannot be
serviced individually. The speed sensors measure the transmission input and output speeds and pass signals to the TCM. The fluid temperature sensor
is also located in the valve block and measures the fluid temperature of the transmission fluid in the fluid pan.
A 'not in park' switch is located in the selector lever mechanism. The switch is connected to the instrument cluster, Central Junction Box (CJB) and the
ECM. The instrument cluster uses the park switch status to display the selector position. The ECM uses the status to allow starter motor operation only
when the selector lever is in the Park or Neutral positions. The signal is also passed from the CJB to the TCM.