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A few problems (Central locking, door sticking, grinding noise).

Hi all.

I bought an 02 Cooper over the summer and it's had its fair share of problems, some of which I've fixed only for new problems to pop up. I didn't want to make several threads so I thought I'd just post a few of the issues here in the hopes that some of you might be able to help with them.

I'll start with the central locking. When I first got the car the driver's side door wouldn't open with the key fob, it would lock using it though. This wasn't a huge problem and the guy I bought it from said it just needed a new actuator.
Shortly after buying it the key stopped working altogether so I put in a new battery and reprogrammed it and that seemed to sort it.
Since then it stopped working again and a new battery didn't sort it and I couldn't get it to reprogram using the same method that worked the first time.

Another door issue I'm having is the driver's side door becoming difficult to open. I have to really pull the handle out and apply some force with my elbow to get out from the inside.
I'm hoping this is a DIY job and just a case of taking the panel off to look at the mechanism, but I thought it was worth mentioning if anyone's had the same problem.

Finally, I've a problem with the car making a strange sort of grindy/gravelly/crunching noise seemingly at random. At first it seemed to do it mainly as I was going up hills but it seems to do it anywhere now.
I can drive somewhere for fifteen minutes and have it not do it, or I can be driving around and have it happen fairly frequently. It only lasts for a couple of seconds and it sounds like it's coming from somewhere to the front-left of me (right-hand drive), maybe the transmission?

One last thing, one of the centre caps on my alloy has come off but all the ones I've seen online look like the clips used to fit them would be way too big. Does anyone know of a good website to look for things like that?


Sorry for the wall of text, if anyone can help with any of these matters I'd appreciate it.

Cheers.
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... one of the centre caps on my alloy has come off but all the ones I've seen online look like the clips used to fit them would be way too big. Does anyone know of a good website to look for things like that?

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Thanks for that, however I'm not sure if the alloys are the ones that come stock with the car. I'll post a photo soon to make it easier.

I was right about fixing one thing and another going wrong. Fixed the rear windscreen jet yesterday, today the indicator blew off going over the Pennines.

Forgot to mention as well that it can be a real pain to get in to gear quite often as well. Is this common for a MINI?
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You maybe need to get the gearbox checked out as an early 02 MINI has the Rover Midland gearbox which is known to make noises when it starts to fail.
Lots of info here:
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Reconditioned exchange gearbox will be about 400 + fitting and while you are at it a new clutch is best included.
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The guy I bought it from said it had recently had a new gearbox fitted. I hardly got any receipts or anything for work done on it though so I can't know for sure.

I'll take it to the local garage next month.

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I'm sorry, what?
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I'm sorry, what?

'Trunk' as in American term for a car boot.
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Yeah, I thought that's what he must have meant.

I don't have any problems with the boot though, the noise definitely comes from near the front.
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