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Replace battery MINI ONE Convertible

With the sun shining I decided to drop the roof for the first time this year. Unfortunately it would only retract so far as when it was opened just over the back seats there was a grinding noise; which sounded just like the Bendix spring in a starter motor when the battery is dying. So here we are after 96,000 miles my April 2006 baby needs a new battery. Until now there has been no indication of the battery going flat but I decided not to get caught out with the roof stuck down. Got my local non-MINI garage to fit a new one.

Now another problem seem to have arisen!.... I have re-covered the roof with RENOVO which has made it look new again, but the roof now seems to catch onto the tops of the roll-over bars when retracting down. I wonder if this is due to the new stiffness in the roof canopy due to the 3 coats of REVOVO I have covered it with or due to some change of height in the actual roll-over bars when the battery was changed! Strange problem I know I cannot see how the battery can have had that effect.

OK. It's the next day now. Tried to lower the roof and all is well. The folds go where they should. It's obvious that the 3 coats of RENOVO had stiffened the fabric a bit, but with a bit of pulling to get it over the hoops which I did yesterday, it seems to have solved the problem. Hoods folds nicely down again.
BTW, the reason I had to apply 3 coats is that I had the misfortune to follow a tractor which had just exited a muddy field....and yes, I got the full lot over the car. Washing wouldn't take the worst of it off. One of the side effects of living n the countryside

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