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  1. R53 Purchase: Need Advice

    First Generation MINI Cooper S
    The serpentine belt wear is normal, they all go like that as the idler pulley has a groove in the centre. The valve covers are known for leaking but cheap & easy to repair but check the sump gasket as they can sometimes leak. I thought my sump gasket had a leak but after cleaning it all off &...
  2. Mini 2003 Cooper S door/window fault

    First Generation Faults & Fixes
    It will most likely be your door lock mechanism/actuator they are a common problem on the earlier minis & the window drop/interior light is controlled by the microswitches in the lock mechanism, its the microswitches that go faulty. Remove your drivers door panel & disconnect the electrics to...
  3. Windows & central locking have a mind of their own!

    First Generation Faults & Fixes
    A common problem on the gen 1 minis is the lock mechanism/actuator. The microswitches fail/short out & cause the problem you are having. Try disconnecting the power to the drivers door lock mechanism behind the door panel, if the problem stops then you know you need a new mechanism/actuator...
  4. SOS! Need advice on side effects of broken temperature sensor!

    First Generation Faults & Fixes
    The best thing you should do is go to a different mechanic who knows what he is doing & get them to plug in a diagnostic machine to read the fault codes to find out exactly why the light is lit. It sounds to me like the garage you used before hasn't got much of a clue, I wouldn't trust him to...
  5. r53 tuning

    First Generation MINI Tuning
    The R53 supercharged engines stand up well to tuning, most of the tuning places can do a health check on the engine for you first. The only cons would probably be fuel consumption but that is to be expected on any cars that are tuned. You really won't regret it, mine is over 220bhp now and the...
  6. 05 Cooper S water leak in boot

    First Generation Faults & Fixes
    One of the most common places for letting in water is the high level brake light, the water above your rear light is probably condensation rising up from the soaked boot
  7. No Power to steering pump fan when A/C is on.

    First Generation Faults & Fixes
    I am not 100% but am pretty sure on the early Cooper S the steering pump fan runs on the same circuit as the low speed radiator fan. The relay for this is actually fitted behind the rad next to the fan, there is also a resistor for the low speed fan which burn out. There is a solution where you...
  8. Key button Door Unlock

    First Generation Interior & Ice
    Yes you need a new drivers door lock mechanism. Very common fault on minis
  9. Drivers windows help

    General Discussion
    I would remove the door panel & check all the bolts are there and tight on the regulater first, they can be adjusted to get it to close tight. The other problem seems strange like someone has fitted the electrics the wrong way round, removing the door panel and having a look in there may also...
  10. Coolant leak uk

    General Discussion
    I would take it somewhere else for a 2nd opinion, the water jacket on an engine is between the cylinders & engine casing so I think he is either trying to rip you off or don't know what he is talking about. Thermostat housings are known to fail & it may be just that which isn't an expensive fix...
  11. window problem can't find fix

    General Discussion
    You have to remove the door panel & you will see the wiring going in to the lock mechanism. Once you have unplugged it you will have to use your key to lock & unlock but its worth trying to see if this fixes your window problem before buying any parts
  12. MINI Remote Central Locking Won't Unlock

    First Generation Faults & Fixes
    Door lock mechanisms are a common problem on minis, giving the same problems you are having
  13. window problem can't find fix

    General Discussion
    Try disconnecting the electrical plug into the door lock mechanism as that controls the window drop, if the window stays up then the lock mechanism is your problem, they are a common problem on minis. Does the interior light go out when you shut the door ?
  14. Bleeding Clutch !!

    First Generation MINI Cooper S
    These are a bit of a nightmare to bleed, the way I did mine was to take the slave off the car, make some sort of clamp to push the rod & piston completely in, i then filled it with brake fluid & turned it on its end so the hole where the fluid goes in was at the top, at this point i saw air...
  15. Headlights not working properly

    First Generation Faults & Fixes
    The side lights are in the front bumper next to the indicators, have you checked those bulbs ? and have you tried swapping the 2 headlight bulbs around? the filament might look ok but the bulb could be broken inside
  16. Hello to all Mini Owners! :)

    Welcome New Members
    Hello & welcome, at least the first 2 jobs can be done together if thats any consolation, recon gearboxes aren't too badly priced for the gen one, or upgrade it to the better getrag gearbox
  17. DSC on but getting wheel spin

    Second Generation Faults & Fixes
    The traction control works off the ABS sensors so even if both front wheels spin at the same speed the traction control will cut in & it will cut the power because the rear wheels are turning slower
  18. Windshield washing fluid failure

    General Discussion
    The one on the left is for headlights, have you tried it with the headlights on to see if they work (I am guessing you have xenons if you have 2 washer bottles) the washer bottle has a filter in the bottom these get clogged up with slime & block the flow. First I would try pulling a pipe off...
  19. 2003 Mini Cooper S - Run Flat Tyre Indication Help?

    Wheels, Tyres & Brakes
    Yes what the nun says, when you reset it it calibrates to what speed the wheels are running at & notifies you if anything changes. This is why you should check & adjust tyre pressures before resetting
  20. DSC on but getting wheel spin

    Second Generation Faults & Fixes
    My R53 has dsc & if it wheel spins the light flashes & it cuts the power
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