I'm new to the forum, but hopefully after some help and advice as I'm trying to do some research on the 'death rattle'.
I have a 07 (56 plate) MCS*, 51k on the clock, last service at 48k in January. *bought as a cherished Mini
We broke down this weekend, I heard a loud 'clunk' from the engine bay whilst cornering a roundabout and immediately the red battery warning light came on. After pulling over and checking my manual it suggested an alternator fault. I tried to drive a little further to get home but very quickly all electrical items (PAS, ABS, AB's) failed and we ground to a halt.
I had it recovered and taken to my local Mini dealership.
It turns out the friction wheel had come away and shattered, in turn shredding the fan belt!! £275 later
my Mini was ready to collect.
Anyway, I thought whilst it was in I would ask them to investigate the 'rattle' on start-up to see if it was known, dangerous and of course how much it would be to resovle.
I received a call back today advising that it was a timing chain fault and it urgently needs to be replaced, a cost of £650 all inc.
From reading this thread and a few others, whilst I agree to noise is annoying it doesn't appear to be dangerous?? Can anyone confirm if I can just live with the noise as my dealer seems to think if I leave this untreated it will cost me more longer term.
Any help would be appreciated!