Big engine problem r53? - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > MINI Technical Forums > MINI Faults & Fixes > First Generation Faults & Fixes


First Generation Faults & Fixes MINI faults and fixes 2001 - 2006

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Oct 20th, 2012, 11:24 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 14
Local Time: 01:09 AM
Australia
Big engine problem r53?

Hi I bought a used r53 7 months ago after owning a new r56 for a couple of years. It's done 100 000 km or 60 000 miles and is stock other than an alta cai.

Today after running fine for 20 minutes I felt a jolt as I was driving and the eml light and engine light came on plus I lost all power, however the engine kept running in what I assume some kind of limp mode. ( I had enough power to drive at about 10kmph). As I was pulling over a burning smell entered the cabin and the engine sounded very rough.

The water temp was fine, and there was oil on the dipstick and the serpentine belt was ok. There is no sign of any obvious problems under the hood. I haven't restarted it yet as I don't want cause further damage.

My question is does this sound mechanical or electrical. The jolt concerns me and the burning smell. What could it be? Big $$$$
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Oct 20th, 2012, 11:33 AM
tnoy66's Avatar
MINI2 Premium Member
POP..POPPOP..POP
Offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Huddersfield
Posts: 1,912
Local Time: 04:09 PM
England Male View tnoy66's Pepper White & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile View tnoy66's Classified Ads
Are all the spark plugs still fastened in tight?
Its not unknown for 1 to come out and the thread need repairing
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Oct 20th, 2012, 11:55 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 14
Local Time: 01:09 AM
Australia
The spark plugs all seem ok. There was a wiff of smoke when I lifted the hood from down the back of the engine block?
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Oct 20th, 2012, 12:39 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 2,897
Local Time: 04:09 PM
United Kingdom Male
Power steering still working?
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Oct 20th, 2012, 01:36 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 14
Local Time: 01:09 AM
Australia
Yep power steer ok.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Oct 20th, 2012, 03:31 PM
tnoy66's Avatar
MINI2 Premium Member
POP..POPPOP..POP
Offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Huddersfield
Posts: 1,912
Local Time: 04:09 PM
England Male View tnoy66's Pepper White & Black 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile View tnoy66's Classified Ads
Quote: Originally Posted by piggly (original)
There was a wiff of smoke when I lifted the hood from down the back of the engine block?

Left or right as you look at the engine?

Trying to think of quick things to check....
Have you taken oil filler cap off to see if oil and water has mixed at all?
Any oil/fluids dripping underneath?
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Oct 20th, 2012, 03:51 PM
Acallahan's Avatar
MINI fanatic
Offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 157
Local Time: 10:09 AM
United States Male View Acallahan's Classified Ads
Check your crank pulley, bet it fell apart. very common problem and your symptoms point to it.

2004 MCS JCW, 15% pulley, Dinan CAI, MSD ignition & wires, Mynes V2 header, TSW rear control arms, H-sport front and rear sway bars, H-sport lowering springs, Powerflex bushings all around, modified Forge intercooler, M7 STB , ATI Damper
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Oct 20th, 2012, 11:00 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 14
Local Time: 01:09 AM
Australia
Ok thanks I'll check it out
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old Oct 21st, 2012, 04:22 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 34
Local Time: 03:09 PM
United States
eml light is your throttle
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old Oct 21st, 2012, 09:38 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 14
Local Time: 01:09 AM
Australia
No fluids etc leaking. taking it to a mechanic tomorrow.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old Oct 21st, 2012, 10:08 AM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 2,897
Local Time: 04:09 PM
United Kingdom Male
If you notice it was smoking and it was definitely a burning type of smoke as opposed to a fluid/water drying off I would expect maybe a sensor wire has bared through rubbing on something and shorted it out, hence now its not sensing and the cars got into emergency mode?
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old Oct 21st, 2012, 03:28 PM
mab01uk's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 5,586
Local Time: 04:09 PM
United Kingdom Male
Power steering pump is down the back of engine and not unheard of to start smoking burning, cable/power connector shorting, smell would be more electrical like melting plastic, etc.......can send the electrics into meltdown and affect many other things intermittently. If so don't ignore as a fire can result if battery is left connected while unattended!
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old Oct 26th, 2012, 12:11 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 14
Local Time: 01:09 AM
Australia
It was the harmonic balancer. The rubber part had completely sheared and was in bits and as result also ruined the tensioner assembly. Not happy - would point to crappy part quality. Apparently it's quite common and BMW keep the parts in stock so there was no delay. Plenty of $$$ later and it's all fine!
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to piggly For This Useful Post:
  #14 (permalink)  
Old Oct 26th, 2012, 03:26 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 2,897
Local Time: 04:09 PM
United Kingdom Male
Harmony restored, good.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

» Recent Threads
Mini Cooper Clubman Power Loss
Jul 19th, 2014 04:14 PM
Last post by marque
Today 03:09 PM
2 Replies, 332 Views
Strange Braking Noise
Jan 28th, 2014 08:27 PM
Last post by kushil
Today 02:46 PM
9 Replies, 1,348 Views
opening the boot - am i being special??
May 4th, 2014 12:20 AM
Last post by Richard of the Hills
Today 01:45 PM
14 Replies, 1,187 Views
First Left-Hand Drive Driving School
Yesterday 06:46 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by The Nun
Today 12:08 PM
1 Replies, 172 Views
Missing fuse
Today 06:55 AM
Last post by mayburyds
Today 08:18 AM
2 Replies, 116 Views
2007 Cooper S "Timing Chain Tensioner Defect"
Feb 14th, 2014 09:49 AM
by igooba
Last post by minifr3ak
Today 08:01 AM
8 Replies, 1,947 Views
Cancel Sat Nav instruction
Yesterday 06:05 AM
Last post by The Nun
Today 07:52 AM
4 Replies, 258 Views
Speedo and tach gauge face plate change
Today 07:29 AM
Last post by karlos9191
Today 07:31 AM
1 Replies, 96 Views
New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts
Apr 14th, 2014 12:56 AM
Last post by AutoTrackDay
Today 03:23 AM
14 Replies, 2,048 Views
2007 mini cooper s block repair
Today 01:58 AM
by jsroyse
Last post by jsroyse
Today 01:58 AM
0 Replies, 144 Views
Body Flex - roof wont raise !
Yesterday 08:52 PM
Last post by redditchmini
Yesterday 08:52 PM
0 Replies, 155 Views
Finding Final Stage (Hedgehog) Resistor
Yesterday 08:48 PM
Last post by crackernibbles
Yesterday 08:48 PM
0 Replies, 163 Views
GTI vs Cooper S True Cost to Own?
Jul 21st, 2014 03:39 AM
by hkyktms
Last post by beken
Yesterday 08:43 PM
4 Replies, 824 Views
MINI Trailer project?
Yesterday 06:27 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 06:33 PM
2 Replies, 182 Views
2009 Radio Software Update
Yesterday 03:30 PM
by Tom_P
Last post by Tom_P
Yesterday 06:27 PM
2 Replies, 197 Views
2nd hand JCW Sytner Coventry
Jul 16th, 2014 06:38 PM
by LA3195
Last post by David T-H
Yesterday 06:10 PM
11 Replies, 1,063 Views
Car bucket list
Yesterday 04:11 PM
Last post by SeanC
Yesterday 05:43 PM
1 Replies, 161 Views
Electrical issues with a first gen cooper s
Jul 18th, 2014 04:55 PM
by BIG08
Last post by BIG08
Yesterday 05:36 PM
3 Replies, 489 Views
2005 Mini One intermittent starting issue
Jul 28th, 2014 07:27 PM
Last post by The Nun
Yesterday 01:59 PM
1 Replies, 273 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 03:09 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2