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Old Jan 8th, 2014, 06:52 PM
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Mini one problems after being left idle

Hello All,

I am a new member, and am delighted to have found this site. I hope ye can help me.

I have owned a 2003 Mini One with the past 5 years. I love my car!

I was away for the Christmass, and the car was parked for about 3 weeks.

Today, when I started my car again, the dash board was like a christmass three.
The following warning lights were on (which were never on before):

- Amber run flat warning light is staying on
- Red Handbrake on light is staying on
- Amber ABS Warning light is staying on
- and the speedometer wont work


These are all new faults, that all came together while the car was parked. Apparently they are all linked somehow, I have read.

Has anyone here ever have this happen to them, and how do you fix them??!

very annoying!!

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Most batteries last 4 years before they need replacement. Some may last longer, of course, and some might fail sooner. Batteries are also very sensitive to being run down below a 10 volts (this will shorten a battery's life considerably). So it's entirely possible you've run into both the lifespan and low voltage situations.

In newer cars it's important that the voltage levels stay within their proper range. When the voltage goes too low all sorts of electrical nonsense can start happening.

A quick check would be to measure the voltage at the battery terminals using a handheld volt meter. Check it both with the ignition (and engine) off and again when the engine's running (being careful to avoid belts and such). When off the battery should read around 12 volts, when running it should be higher but not above 14v. If it's lower than those numbers then it's probably time for a new battery. They don't last forever.

But if the voltage goes higher than 14v then it's possible you might also need a new alternator/regulator. A battery failing doesn't necessarily mean the alternator will at the same time, but Murphy's law often hits our wallets at the same time...

That or drop by a shop that sells batteries and have yours tested. Testing it yourself is easy and you avoid wondering if the shop is just telling you it's bad in order to sell you a new one you might not need...
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