Driver's side door won't lock/unlock properly
I read somewhere, sometime ago, that there is a simple way to reprogram the door locks on the MINI Cooper using the key in position 1, and hitting and holding certain toggle switches.
Does anyone know those options and how to activate them properly?
Reason: after 2 years of ownership (2003 MINI CVT, May build), my driver's side door lock will not "go down" (that is: lock) when I press the lock button on the key fob. The passenger side works. Also, when I get out of the car and attempt to press the lock down manually, there is resistance (feels like a spring-loaded mechanism), and it won't budge, therefore I cannot lock my driver's side door!
But here's the odd thing: with the door shut, engine on, and driving, I press the driver's side door lock and wouldn't you know, it locks fine -- no resistance. But then it won't unlock using the toggle switch! It will unlock using the "pull-twice" door handle manual method.
Seems like some sort of electro-mechanical failure. Maybe some sort of actuator or solenoid, but I don't know for sure how the door locks work. I do know that ever since delivery, when I press the "lock" or "unlock" buttons on the key fob, there is a loud motorized whining sound and some clicking eminating from the rear driver's side quarter panel... is that where they put the door-lock/unlock solenoid/motor? It's very loud, always has been, thought it was normal.
Anyway, I'm hoping a simple reset will fix it, but I doubt it...can't hurt trying though. Looks like an appointment with the dealer is in order real soon...can't leave my car unlocked in parking lots!
Thanks for your help,