Lava Orange 2014 F56
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Sonoma, California
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F56 Starter/Egnition Fault Code - Won’t Start
I’ve got a 2014 F56 Cooper S Hardtop that is now out of warranty. Recently, I started getting an intermittent problem where the engine doesn’t spin over, accompanied by whooshing/whirring sound, followed by a starter/ignition fault. After a few attempts it starts. I’d say that it starts now about 3 times out of every 10! I suspect that the whooshing/whirring sound is the starter motor spinning but not engaged to the flywheel due to a sticking solenoid?
Does this diagnosis sound logical?
You can’t buy just a solenoid - and my Mini dealer wants $460 + $150 core charge for a complete starter.
Im finding used starters online that come with a 1 year warranty for $100 or less.
I’m seriously considering tearing apart my current solenoid and trying to fix it and if that doesn’t work, buying a used one.
Thoughts, opinions, suggestions?