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R53 Intermittent starting issue and ticking

Hi guys,

I'm having a issue with my sisters 2003 Mini Cooper S. I've tried a few ideas posted by others but the problem persists.

The problem:

Car randomly will not start, the car will crank but not fire. Leave the car for 30min and sometimes it will start right up, other times it's the following day. It also started making a weird clicking noise today. The weird part is that the clicking happens when the car is off and the key is out of the ignition. I've added a video of the noise.

Things to note. The battery box had been filled with water at one point. I cleaned it out and cleaned all of the parts inside the distribution box that sits next to the battery. I also changed the ignition switch to rule that out as being the problem.

My next thoughts are, immobilizer or the starter motor. Any thoughts regarding this or the clicking?

I can't post a video yet, so just add "youtube""com" to the front of this link

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Another thing to add. When it doesn't start, the car does crank, it just doesn't turn over.
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