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Old Feb 1st, 2014, 08:14 PM
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Unhappy Please help! My car won't start & makes clicking noise... 2003 Mini Cooper

Hi.

I hope you all are doing well and can help me out with my car (2003 Mini Cooper) problem.

Something has been draining the battery and the car won’t start. I have already recharged the battery for 24 hours.
The Dealers and mechanics cannot find the problem.

My car wouldn’t start again today and made clicking / clacking sounds. It sounds like the clicking / clacking sounds are coming from under the steering wheel – where a small box with a red light is located (it looks more like a car alarm… if this visual helps).

Plus, when I start the car, the car alarm goes off like crazy.

I have read people’s posts and answers on here, so I tested out the battery – the battery is fine. Plus, I just changed the battery about a year ago.
I have also read posts that said that it could be the sunvisors and lights on in the car that might cause the battery to drain. I have made sure that none of these are on when I turn off my car for the night.

I love my car very much and don’t want to sell it and / or give it up.

Does anybody have an answer (or more than one answer) that can help me? Any and all help is very much appreciated.

Thank you so much for your time and assistance!
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tyna (original)
..... It sounds like the clicking / clacking sounds are coming from under the steering wheel – where a small box with a red light is located (it looks more like a car alarm… if this visual helps)....

Well, from you're description it sure sounds like its something to do with that strange flashing box you've got under the steering wheel.

As long as you're not somehow related to Edward Snowden, or on the Mafia hit list, then seems like its some kind of aftermarket alarm or controller.
Ive got one I fitted under there to automatically close the windows & roof when I press the key fob.
As your car isn't starting, im guessing its some kind of engine immobilizer.
Any chance of taking a picture of it - someome might recognise the model & then you work out how its been wired in - a garage could then safely remove it & hopefully fix your problem


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Thank you so much for your answer, Restyle! :-)
I'm trying to fix the car myself, which has been a trip, because I have brought it to the Dealers and Mechanics before (they weren't much help).

It turns out that the small box with a red light is located (it looks more like a car alarm) is the clutch safety switch. :-/

I just fixed the clutch safety switch. But the problem is that when I start the ignition, I have to push on the clutch safety switch first and then the car will start.

So now... as I am putting the car back together again; when I open the car door, the car alarm goes off and when I try to start the engine, the car alarm also goes off, too.

Do you (Restyle) and/or does anybody have any other ideas of my problem?
Does anybody know where the car alarm switch / relay is located?
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Dont think we have the clutch safety switch fitted on UK R53 models, but couple of threads might point you in the right direction
Similar Problem on NAM with clutch sw >> Clutch Safety Switch - North American Motoring

Alarm Retrofit & reprogram >> http://www.mini2.com/forum/general-d...prewiring.html

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