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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 2014, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Engine stop button gets stuck down

I have a Mini Cooper Automatic, it is 3 years old and I have had it since new.
I do not use the car very often, so to date it has done less than 3,000 miles. Yesterday after returning from a 2 weeks vacation, I drove to a supermarket to restock our food supplies, but when I came to press the stop button, it had jammed down, so I couldn't turn the engine off!.
I called my local Mini Dealership, but they were not very helpful, so I drove home to get my husband to drive his Mercedes, to get supplies.
The engine had now been running for 30 minutes, it was raining very hard and on leaving the car I slammed the drivers door.
On leaving our house before getting into the Mercedes, I retried the stop button in the Mini and it worked, hurrah!.
Is this a major problem with automatic Minis?, should I get the button replaced, can anyone advise me, before the dealership charge me for changing things that perhaps do not need to be changed. HELP.
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Hi ya

If you have a maplins or similar near you ask them for a spray switch cleaner or isopropyl alcohol and a can of dry air for cleaning key boards with.
With ignition off and key gob out give it a spray down the sides if the button. Try to keep the cleaner away from the trim or it my damage it. I used a load of micro fiber cloths and old tee shirt
Work the switch a few time and blow it out with air the repeat it a few time.
It should fix it.

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Yep, that's the stuff - also called Contact Cleaner and it's worth having a can of it around the house. For example, it rejuvenates tired remote control buttons that may have suffered a drink spilt on them. A Maplins or electronic store isn't really necessary - a good hardware store, a larger DIY store or probably Halfords will carry it.
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Thanks a lot guys will get some from Halfords, will this stop the button sticking down, the dealers said it probably the spring that's failing i.e. a new switch, but will try the spray and see if it stops it from sticking on.
What about the noise from the rear brakes, is it common with Mini's being out for 2 weeks in storms for them to rust up a bit?, or will it just stop with a bit of wear?.
Thanks for your help.
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Noisy brakes are absolutely normal, if you haven't used the car for a day or two. Just surface rust on the discs, which you can even see through the wheel spokes.

They should go quiet as soon as you do some braking - if you are a very gentle driver, that can take a while, but one stop at motorway speeds will do it. If the noise persists after some braking, it's something else.
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Sticking off button

I am afraid its getting worse. Today I had to move my car on our driveway, it started great but again it wouldn't stop, will be going to Halfords on Thursday to get a contact spray, but until then this is what happened.
As the engine could not be turned off, my husband came out to the car with a small very thin screwdriver, he pushed this down the side of the button and the button popped up turning the engine off.
Of course we cannot go on doing this every time I use the car, so tried to get a new switch. Now comes the crunch!. The switch cannot be purchased on its own, it is part of a complete switch coded system. My Mini Dealer has quoted me over 300 to replace and re-code the new switch.
As the car has still only done 2,893 miles I think BMW Warranty should pay for it, the Dealership is trying to establish that. I also have extended Warranty with Warranty Direct, apparently this coded switch is not covered by the policy, one wonders what is covered?.
So here I am presumably I must get this done before the MOT is due in April, so has anybody heard of anything like it?, the Dealership said it was a first for them.
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Hi ya

I think your warrantee should cover it.
It is a problem with bmw range they do fail on the bmw range with a start push button and the same with the minis.
It normally either jams like your one has or when you push the fob in it will not start the car
If you have another dealer near you try them, they may do it under warrantee see what they say.
If that fails you need to speak to mini uk, but make shore you mention that to the Dealer but nicely in conversation :-)

I do know someone who had problems with there mini warrantee work he used the mini twitter feed That got a response :-)

Hope it helps you
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