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Old Apr 8th, 2002, 05:31 AM
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Unhappy Engine Cutting Out!!!!!

Has anyone else experienced the engine cutting out whilst driving?

Mine has done it three times now, several amber warning lights come on, power dies and I head for safety of the hard shoulder!! Switch off and all but the "engine" icon light goes out and the car starts again fine, drives home no problems. Next day all the lights are out and all is tickety boo for a while again. Not yet managed to get it to a dealer when the warning light is on so they say they won't be able to find anything unless I can.

This is taking the edge off onwing the car which is great fun otherwise. Anyone else had experience of this and how did you fix it? At the moment I assume I will need to push the dealer for a new ECU and hope that fixes it.

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Yesterday the engine on the mini one im driving cut out on me when i performed an emergency stop, going up a hill, to avoid hitting a pheasant. I didnt notice the exact moment when it cut out, but it wasnt due to bad clutch control, before anyone says so Perhaps the combination of the heavy braking and going uphill at the same time that stopped petrol getting to the engine from the tank for a little bit and cut out the engine? Doesnt sound like the exact same problem as you had, and its only happened to me once.
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This has been reported before. I even kidded "Basil" about being an ornament on the 'roo bars if he is driving though the Outback in front of a roadtrain and the engine dies. If you do a search, you might be able to find the original posts. The engine management system monitors things and will shut off the fuel and kill the ignition if it senses a problem, such as low oil pressure or high engine temperature. So the cause could be anything from a bad ECU or faulty fuel pump relay to a loose connection on a sensor. It may take you dealer some time to locate it because it is hard to find a fault that is intermittent.
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I could be barking up the wrong tree, but with modern engine management systems can't the dealers download diagnostic data from the car's memory to help tell them what's wrong?
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I had this problem in mine - I only let it happen once before calling MINI Emergency Services and letting them sort it - seemed too dangerous to drive to me!

It was a faulty crankshaft sensor and has been perfect ever since fixed (first time).

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The engine management system losses its 'Problem' memory after a certain amount of restarts (at least it does in my VW). next time it hapends drive straight to the dealer. If they are closed call the Mini emergency services as they will have the correct diagnosis equiptment.
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Thanks to all who posted, I will take note of your advice and run it straight to a dealer (or call Mini Emergency ) next time it happens. It does seem as though the problem is lost from memory after a few restarts or time driving.

I'm off now to search the Tuning section to maximise my enjoyment of the Mini Experience!! (part of which is this site and you guys!)

Thanks again
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Thanks to all who posted, I will take note of your advice and run it straight to a dealer (or call Mini Emergency ) next time it happens. It does seem as though the problem is lost from memory after a few restarts or time driving.

I'm off now to search the Tuning section to maximise my enjoyment of the Mini Experience!! (part of which is this site and you guys!)

Thanks again

Just in case you haven't managed to get this sorted, here is my story..
had the same problem with a mini I had just bought second hand. It would cut out intermittantly particularly when you were slowing down and changing down gears. Revs would just drop from 1000 RPM to nothing. After sitting at mini service department for two weeks (refused to take it back until fixed) they found out that it was a dirty idler valve. Once cleaned everything is fine now!
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, thanks for the update. I don't think that Smiffy has been around for about 8 years.
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If your car is cutting off at when u stop change your plugs and plug wires out. If this doesn't stop the problem change out the mass airflow sensor.

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