Mini steering wheel lock up problem
Going to share this with my 'local' Mini Cooper dealer. I have a recurring
problem with the steering wheel staying locked when I start the car.
Happens about once a month, and the dealer says they find nothing wrong
with it. The onboard computer doesn't show any errors. So they will do
nothing. I have found fleeting references online to the problem. This
particular morning when I was late and trying to get to work, the steering
took seven starts to get going. Frustrating to say the least. Mini Cooper,
2007, about 30,000 miles. I am so glad I got the extended warranty on this
thing. Short list of repairs since I got it: weatherstripping on back
window came off within first month, sunroof mechanism replaced due to lock
up (and it still has problems), a computer system update due to frequent
check-engine lights, peeling dealer-installed window tint, run flat tires
that like to be flat so I replaced them all with another kind....Also,
there has been a catalytic converter recall that I may get done--but I am
weary of them even working on anything unless absolutely necessary.
Performance-wise this car is amazing, handles wonderfully. But when buying
my next car (no plans at ll) I will go back to the Japanese
makers--reliability is more important to me.
UPDATE: they replaced the ERS (I assume 'electronic steering system' and so
far have no had a problem...
FINAL UPDATE: traded in the Mini for a CR-Z a while ago. 2 years now of NO
PROBLEMS AT ALL. It's very nice. The MINI never went 3 months without
SOMETHING being a problem.
Mini Service and Brake Light
My mini seems to keep the brake light on for some reason, even after I
release the handbrake, and the foot brake. If anyone has a solution to
this, please comment. This video will remain up for educational use.
2007 Mini Cooper S R56 Cold Start problem(stumble) 1
2007 Mini Cooper S R56 Cold start problem (stumble, sputter)
Dealer (Irvine Mini) claimed it to be caused by excess carbon build up
around the valves, NOT HPFP failure.
However it still does the same even after carbon clean ups.
Can anybody help?
Mini Cooper R56 Carbon Removal
Some Mini Cooper models are prone to carbon build-up on the intake valves
and in the intake ports of the cylinder head. This build-up will cause a
noticeable loss of power, drastically reduced fuel economy and misfires
resulting in engine fault codes. Sport Motoring, a Mini Cooper and BMW
Independent specialist in Decatur Georgia, offers a service to remove the
carbon build-up and restore the vehicles performance. The process requires
the removal of the intake and other components and a specialized factory
tool to remove the carbon with a walnut shell media blasting process. This
video shows the before/after of this condition.
2004 Mini Cooper problems
Our 2004 Mini Cooper S has a bad alternator after 33.428 miles. I forgot
to mention in the video that the power steering pump also failed, it's
electric on this car not belt driven. This may be due to low voltage, but
I'm not sure.