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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2014, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Starter won't engage..... Help!!!

I bought a 2003 Mini for my GF to drive when she's up here in the great white north. The previous owner stated it had a bad starter. With the key in the ignition and turned to start (or on) everything works, but the car would not turn over. The car does chime/ding when the key is held near the ignition. I noticed that the key will not lock or unlock the doors but the back hatch does lock and unlock off the key and the park lights light up when the button on the key is pressed. If I hold the button down for a couple of seconds both windows roll down.
I replaced the starter yesterday and upon trying to start the car....nothing. I still had the heat shield off of the starter so I jumped the solenoid to the starter with the key on. The car fired immediately and ran/drove great...... with the exception of a thump in the passenger CV joint (that will be a separate thread....). I reset the ECU and that made no difference. Still no starter engagement. I also have no codes stored in the computer.
Any advice/comments would be appreciated. I don't think my GF will enjoy reaching around a hot exhaust to install the starter jumper.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2014, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking maybe it's the clutch switch? Is there an easy way of bypassing this to check it? I'm assuming this is it?

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Bit of an update for those with similar issues. It turned out to be a bad clutch sensor. The starter was probably OK all along...... but at least now I have a new starter as well.
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