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Warning lights and power issues

Hi, i'm hoping someone can help.

I've got a couple of issues with my 2009 R56 Cooper D 1.6.

I have fitted some aftermarket HID lights to the vehicle (whether these issues are related or not i'm not sure) and it is only since then that the following issues have occurred:

The other day I parked up at a car park and turned off the engine using the start/stop button, when I went to turn it back on there was a complete loss of power and nothing was on at all not even the light was on when I opened the drivers door.
A few minutes after this happened, the dashboard below the rev counter was really dim and came up with the airbag light and also the car on a ramp symbol which was red and then the power went off again. I managed to fix this issue by pressing one of the battery terminals down under the bonnet which then made the power come back on.
This same issue happened again when I drove to my next destination but this resolved itself and I didnt need to press down on any of the battery terminals.

The second issue is that while driving the car this evening, the headlights flashed and at the same time, the power steering light came on on the dashboard and the car felt like it was about to lose power. This happened twice but again resolved itself.

Please could someone advise on the above as to what could be causing these issues to occur.

Kind Regards and thanks in advance,

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Revert back to the correct lights and see how that goes. HID's are a totally different set up to what your car has and the electronics on these cars are very sensitive when a new system is added.

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A solid connection to both battery terminals is essential for proper operation of electronics in a car, and something as easy as a loose ground strap can cause a headace and have you chasing your tail for days when it's really a simple problem. So start by tightening the clamps on your battery, and make sure there is no corrosion on it, and if there is you can wirebrush it off.

*PSA* When working with electronic parts on a car, make sure you disconnect your battery.

The HID's themselves (given that the kit was made for your car) should not have an impact on your car's ability to start, although they may give you a warning lamp if the kit you chose is a non can-bus version.

Start by cleaning the terminals and tighten them up, if the problem persists, report back
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