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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 2014, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Faulty auto wipers and stop/start

Hi.
I treated myself to a '08 r56 cooper s a few months ago.
When I got it the auto wipers and the auto stop start functions both worked, but around the same time they seemed to pack up.
The stop start just doesn't work at all and the wipers go on continuously at one stoke of the wiper stalk. The only time the wipers operate intermittently is when the car is stopped.
Can anyone suggest what's wrong? Is there anything that links the two systems?
Thanks in advance.
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Are you using the button on the end of the wiper stalk to switch on the auto wipers? One push (upwards) of the whole wiper arm should put the wipers on continuous low speed, not auto. The test is if the auto wiper symbol appears ion the bottom right corner of the tacho display. If it does, is there some muck over the sensor under the windscreen behind the rear-view mirror? If so, clean the screen and see if that fixes it. But if the wipers go intermittent when stationary, that sounds like they are on continuous, as that is how they are set up to behave.

Stop-start is quite likely to not work on an old battery that only does town driving. The battery needs to be well-charged for the stop-start to work and the garage may have charged the battery before selling the car. The test is whether the stop-start works after you have driven a decent distance (say, 10 miles+) at motorway/main road speeds. If it does, that explains the problem - it's not economic to replace the battery just to get the stop-start to work, so just consider the stop-start as a sophisticated battery condition test!
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Hi.
Thanks for the reply.
Spot on regards the wipers. For once it isn't raining so it was out with the hose pipe.
Can't see the auto wiper symbol on the display, but they do the job.
Checked the battery. Shows 14.9v with engine running then soon drops to 12.5 when stopped. Looks like the original battery too. I bought it late summer and it's been used as a runabout since with very few longer journeys and plenty of heated seats/headlights action to and from work.
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