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Old May 7th, 2014, 03:05 PM
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Hello

Wondering if anyone has had any similar problems to me. I have a Mini Cooper 02.

1st - The alignment on my boot is off. What that means is on one side it closes quite close and on the other side you can almost fit your hand in the side of the boot door. Has just suddenly come loose also there was no problem went I bought her back in February.

2nd - The black tread that runs around the roof, on one corner it has come off completely. Anyone know what I might be able to get to fix this?

3rd - My reverse gear is awful to get! It takes me a good few attempts to get it right and as I've looked through the forums a few other people have had this problem but I haven't found a solution. It quite often requires me to put it into another gear and use the momentum to get it into reverse.

The reason I'm coming here for advice is because my car dealer is being a bit of a "silly person" shall we say and is not offering much help to me. I am covered on everything yet this will come at a cost apparently. I'm still learning the mechanics on my car and would love if anyone could shed some light on my problems...

Thanks! - Charlotte
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Old May 7th, 2014, 03:48 PM
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Misaligned boot lid could be because the car had a bump in the past, been badly repaired or not set properly after repair, or the doors just twisted by being forced close with an obstruction in the way, or seizing hinge one side, or it could be something as simple as a missing rubber buffer stop on one side, easy to replace?

The gutter trim just clips back into place, better if you heat it up with a hair dryer to make it more supple, you could use some suitable contact adhesive to hold it if it doesnt want to stay.

And difficulty in reverse gear selection can be a binding clutch plate that doesnt completely disengage when the pedal is depressed.
This can be because theres too much carpet/mat stopping the pedal going right to the floor.
or
Oil on the clutch plate causing it to drag.
or
Too high an engine tickover speed.
or
Worn, stretched or incorrectly set gear linkages.
or
A worn or fault in the clutch release bearing.
or
Worn gearbox internals.
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1. Check your boot hinges at the top for any damage. You could also give them a good oil with 3-in-1 oil (not WD40). It might help, if one of the hinges is a bit stiff.

3. The Midland gearbox in the early cars is rubbish. I've got one in my car and have problems with reverse. I put it in first gear then into reverse. If that doesn't work I slowly lift up the clutch a bit then try again. I've had the gearbox oil changed and the linkages greased. That helped a bit. I've had to replace the gear-knob twice in less than 10,000 miles because my ex-gf used to force it into reverse and break the knob .
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