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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 2012, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Engine cuts out whilst driving!

Hope someone can help. My car is a 2003 Mini One, 91k on the clock.

About 6 weeks ago I was driving to work at about 60mph when the engine stopped. I thought I was just losing power at first, so I put my foot on the accelerator and dropped down through the gears. I then realised I had no power and managed to pull into a slip road. The car started when I turned the ignition, I drove it up and down the slip road and it was fine and I carried on to work.

A couple of weeks later it happened again. This time I put my foot on the clutch and turned the ignition and the car started and kept going. This has happened every couple of week/every 200 miles or so since.

It's always on the same stretch of road and is always in the morning.

About 2 months ago I had the brake sensor replaced but it surely can't be anything to do with that.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions to remedy this I would be grateful.
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Might be a fueling problem, starvation? you say it happens on the same stretch of road, is it on an incline?
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Might be a fueling problem, starvation? you say it happens on the same stretch of road, is it on an incline?
No, the road is relatively flat. There are slight upwards and downward stretches but I can think of more pronounced inclines on my 18 mile journey. It hasn't happened on any of those parts.
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Strange, might be the Kenilworth Triangle where theres a portal to another MINI universe, To say it always happens in exactly the same place and no where else almost makes you think a radio signal or something is interfering with the engine electrics?
Is it after youve been doing 60 for a while, or does it do it say if youve only been doing 40 along that stretch? and do you get up to 60 anywhere else for the same period but its still ok?
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Are there any codes coming up?
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Strange, might be the Kenilworth Triangle where theres a portal to another MINI universe, To say it always happens in exactly the same place and no where else almost makes you think a radio signal or something is interfering with the engine electrics?
Is it after youve been doing 60 for a while, or does it do it say if youve only been doing 40 along that stretch? and do you get up to 60 anywhere else for the same period but its still ok?
It doesn't happen in the same place but on different parts of the same road. It's about a 5 mile stretch of road. It's an A road so I can be doing anything between 40 and 60 mph but usually it's nearer 60.
It hasn't happened if I'm at a lower speed, for instance approaching a roundabout.
PS. The Kenilworth Triangle sounds like some kind of dodgy swingers club. Don't ask me how I know!
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Are there any codes coming up?
No codes coming up nor lights on the dashboard.
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Im just wondering if its the fuel pump, cant cope with the demand at speeds of 60 or above?
Partially blocked filter or something?
Try another road where you can keep it at 60 for 5 miles or so and see if it does the same thing?
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Im just wondering if its the fuel pump, cant cope with the demand at speeds of 60 or above?
Partially blocked filter or something?
Try another road where you can keep it at 60 for 5 miles or so and see if it does the same thing?
Thanks for your responses.
On the way to this particular A road I drive on another 3 lane A road where I can do at least 70 mph, if not more. This is about a 5 mile stretch and I've never had it happen on there.
Another thing is I drive, more or less, the same way home, but miss out the stretch of road where it cuts out and it's never happened then.
The only other issue I can think that may contribute is that there have been times when I have been driving on almost fumes where the petrol tank has gone in the red. It has never run out but I'm wondering if something nasty has got into the fuel pump. Although this doesn't account for why the car cuts out on the same stretch of road.
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Thats a mystery and a half, really weird, almost as if you car doesnt want to go that way home on purpose.
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Thats a mystery and a half, really weird, almost as if you car doesnt want to go that way home on purpose.
Not as much as I don't want to go to work in the morning!
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You never know maybe all MINIs cut out just there then
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OK, it happened again this morning.

Same stretch of road, slightly different area. After I restarted the car (as I was driving along) the mileage count for what I had done since I last refuelled set itself back to zero. I'm not sure if this was because I turned the engine over twice in quick succession.

Looks like a (please not too expensive) visit to the garage is in order.

I'll let you know what they say.
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OK, it happened again this morning.

Same stretch of road, slightly different area. After I restarted the car (as I was driving along) the mileage count for what I had done since I last refuelled set itself back to zero. I'm not sure if this was because I turned the engine over twice in quick succession.

Looks like a (please not too expensive) visit to the garage is in order.

I'll let you know what they say.
Any update on this? My MCS does the same. The local spanner says it because it has a saddlebag tank (2 tanks, one left and right that join in the middle) and that the siphon system has packed up.
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