Hi all, hoping someone may be able to shed a bit of light on this issue as I am now completely stumped and don’t know what my next actions would be.
I have an R56 Mini Cooper 1.6 with the N12 engine. Have developed an issue when the car starts, it will fire up, run like someone had thrown a bag of nails in the head and then dies after 2 seconds. This will keep happening no matter how many times you try and start the car. I have plugged in my diagnostics machine which has come up with “00287A VANOS (variable camshaft timing) solenoid valve, inlet, activation” and the standard “P0010 “A” camshaft position actuator “A” control circuit/open bank 1”.
Now I have replaced both VANOS solenoids but still have the same issue. Thinking that one of them may be faulty I swapped their positions but still have the same issue.
this is where it gets interesting, I can unplug the inlet VANOS solenoid and the car runs like a dream! No knocks or bangs, smooth as anything.
If anyone has had a similar situation or may be able to shed a bit of light on the issue it would be greatly appreciated.
Other parts that have been replaced with this issue are the camshaft sensor on the inlet side, fresh oil and filter change. New air filter, new set of coil packs as it did have a misfire on cylinder 1, new set of valve stem seals as blue smoke billowing from the exhaust after idoling for a few minutes.