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.
Thanks in advance.