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I swapped engines from a 2011 mini to my 2010 mini. Engine was starting and running fine in 2011.
I went to start it for the first time and starter spins but will not engage to engine. Battery terminals are clean and battery is fully charged. I checked all my connections. Any ideas.
 

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What you would want to do is get a volt meter and unhook the starter connection grounding out the negative on the engine. Then putting the positive in the two prong connector. Having someone start the car looking for proper voltage from the connector. More than likely bendix solenoid drive went out on it. If you have the original bosch starter SR0466x.
Bosch (OE Reman) SR0466X Starter - Mini | 0001106018090 0986018837 12411489995 12411517328
You can get one heck of a rebate at this place. Provided you have the original. If you look under the car there should be a huge sticker with bright red numbers stating SR0466X.
 

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What you would want to do is get a volt meter and unhook the starter connection grounding out the negative on the engine. Then putting the positive in the two prong connector. Having someone start the car looking for proper voltage from the connector. More than likely bendix solenoid drive went out on it. If you have the original bosch starter SR0466x.
Bosch (OE Reman) SR0466X Starter - Mini | 0001106018090 0986018837 12411489995 12411517328
You can get one heck of a rebate at this place. Provided you have the original. If you look under the car there should be a huge sticker with bright red numbers stating SR0466X.
actually this is the one I purchased from them. A better core return.
 

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actually this is the one I purchased from them. A better core return.
Here's what the starter looks like without the intake manifold in the way it is very easy to remove the manifold by simply unbolting and lifting it off it's studs in a forward direction toward the firewall; at that point unhooking the pcv smaller hose first(everything else is wire connectors.
At the starter it would be the connector I referred to to voltage test on the right side of the red wires to the starter solenoid. here:
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pulling the connector off grounding one side of your voltmeter to the engine block somewhere or to the chassis, and the positive in the two prong connector; while you have someone start the car.
 
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