Sorry for not been around for a while, but as I am not much good with spanners, I generally only visit when I need help.
My wife 2002 Mini One is not starting.
The dash lights up, but on turning the key I get a clicking noise every other second.
I used booster cables and it started first turn when connected to my golf with my engine running.
We have had the car for 3 years and never changed the battery yet.
does it sound like the suspect?.
If so where is the best place to buy a cheap one?.
Yes it is your battery that has failed......if it has BMW printed on it could even be the original 2002 one.
Batteries last about 7 years or so anymore is a bonus.
Halfords do a good range of suitable batteries.
Thanks for the quick reply.
I searched the forums and panicked when I saw starter motors and stuck solonoids.
When it started via my booster cablesm I thought the battery was the probable fault.
I will get up to Halfords tomorrow.
Can I swap it myself, or will I then have problems with immobiliser?.
Big discounts on batteries if you have a Halfords trade card though .....and less hassle if anything goes wrong or you want someone to fit it.
Also correct height of battery is needed to fit the standard clamp.....last time I checked Halfords listed the wrong height battery for the Mk1 MINI One but the correct size was listed for Cooper so used that with no problem.
Thanks for the advice.
Just a quick update.
I ended up buying one from a local motor spares.
It was a perfect replacement, and fit like a glove.
It started first time and cost me £55.00.
Thanks again for your help guys.
I took advice off the forum by opening the bonnet and then locking the car.
I left it for 5 mins for the central locking to settle and disconnected the battery.
What I didn't expect was a aftermarket alarm going off when the battery was disconnected.
It must have its own power source somewhere.
Anyway once the fresh battery went on it settled down once unlocked/relocked.
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