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Old Apr 21st, 2014, 04:36 PM
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New Driver and First Time Mini Owner - Complete with some basic questions!

Hi all,

I'm new! New to driving and new to Mini!

I only passed my driving test in December (at 36!). In fact we are a new car household, as my other half doesn't drive either.

I have a black mini Cooper S 56 plate. I LOVE it! BUT because I've never had a car before I'm not sure what's normal and what isn't!! So sorry if I ask some stupid questions !!

The screen wash appears to be leaking. I filled it right up before a 500 mile journey up north and back and I used it a few time but not loads and it's empty. I filled it the other day and its empty again.

Also my engine temp gauge has recently started creeping up - today in warmish weather it's sitting about half way within a couple of minutes of running the engine. When I looked back on the last MOT it mentions the engine running a bit hot - do I need to get this looked at?

I'm booking the car into the garage this week to get the screen wash looked at and I have a couple of scratches, which I wouldn't mind getting sorted in the near future.

Do people recommend going to an official Mini garage to get the issues above looked at or will any good garage be okay? The Mini garage is quoting £99 for diagnostics on the screen wash and thats before any work starts!!

Thanks all,
S
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Quote: Originally Posted by Scoople (original)
The Mini garage is quoting £99 for diagnostics on the screen wash and thats before any work starts!!

Thanks all,
S

Ha ha, Diagnostics? the MINI mechanic comes out and has a look and says yes youre right it is empty, that will be £99 please.
I dont think its necessary to have that on the screen wash system, it must be fairly obvious if youre losing water, theres a leak, maybe a perished hose, split washer bottle, any signs of water on the ground?

Thing is with all this diagnostic stuff, they will charge you that £99 and then say they cant find anything wrong, even though there is.
You might need to do that on the electrical/engine side for fault finding, but I would have thought it not necessary on the wash system for a water leak??

Its like a standing charge, it bumps up their bill, and in a lot of cases its money for old rope.

I wouldnt take it to MINI for something like that, Id do it myself, or in your case, find a local garage, its hardly very technical and it will be much cheaper.
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The water volume in the screen wash res is pretty poor. A leak should be pretty obvious though. Provided the temp gauge doesn't go above half then you don't have a problem. Obviously the warmer the outside temp is the quicker the engine will get to temp. But it's worth checking the coolant level, the owners manual shows how.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Big_Nige (original)
The water volume in the screen wash res is pretty poor. A leak should be pretty obvious though. Provided the temp gauge doesn't go above half then you don't have a problem. Obviously the warmer the outside temp is the quicker the engine will get to temp. But it's worth checking the coolant level, the owners manual shows how.

Thanks both - yes its definitely leaking - water on floor!

I thought so about the Mini diagnostics seemed slightly excessive
Also good to know about the engine - I wasn't sure if half way was too high or not.

Mind at rest now - thanks again!
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