Hi, I have a 02 Mini Cooper recently purchased from a private seller but i have started noticing slight problems with the fan and coolant levels.
It started off with the car blowing cold air in the interior and the coolant levels dropping and the 2nd stage fan staying on for about 10 mins after the car was turned off. My first trip to the mechanic concluded that it was the radiator cap that was not holding the pressure and leaking out of the cap, so got that replaced for around £10. After that the car was running fine for a couple of weeks.
Now the problem has extended to the radiator fans not coming on at all, causing the car to overheat when stationary
Went back to the mechanic and he goes that it may be an electrical fault as the stage 1 fan is not kicking in, however the 2nd stage works. Suggested that I replace the whole fan unit or wait 2 weeks for the electrician to come in (not a possibility, cant be off-road for 2 weeks!)
So i made a trip to a local breaker who had the correct part available for £20, however before I bought the part I plugged the fan in to see if it would work(externally) but no joy, fans didn't turn and the engine was running hot. The breakers told me that it may well be the fan switch which is mounted to the head, however that would cost a bomb of labor to replace.
Now I'm not sure what to do, I don't want to waste money on repairs that are not necessary, so any advice on this would be greatly appreciated