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Mini Cooper 2003 - Changed lights to LED, insanely fast indicator lights now

The reason for this is LEDs don't draw as much power as regular incandescent lights do. By putting the LEDs into the vehicle, you are making the vehicle believe the lights are out because of the lower ...
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The Mystery of the Misfiring MINI

It was the high pressure fuel pump. After letting it sit overnight, the dealership was able to reproduce the issue and replaced the pump under the extended warranty. The car is driving like it did ...
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Mini Cooper 2003 - Identify rear indicator light wiring to install LED resistor

I'm going to answer this in a general way because for someone to tell you what the wires mean, they would need to follow this procedure, or have access to detailed wiring diagrams for your car. You'...
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Mini Cooper 2003 - Identify rear indicator light wiring to install LED resistor

Blue Green is the indicator wire for the left rear, blue brown for the right rear. Assuming USDM.
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Any insights or tips on 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe Random Misfires?

You stated: ... plastic air tube going into the side of the engine below the main air filter (on the driver side) seems to have vibrated into a very loose condition near the back rear ... Your Mini ...
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2012 Mini Roadster S R59 P15DF code

The OBD code you are getting is: Code P15DF : Fuel high-pressure system, cold start: pressure too low On the Mini I think there's 2 fuel pumps, an electric one in the tank and a mechanical one ...
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Downsides to replacing only two tires on FWD car?

You shouldn't run into any issues only replacing two tires, as long as they are on the same axle (as you are suggesting). If the vehicle was an All Wheel Drive (AWD) model, you'd not want to do it. ...
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Oil low - incorrect oil already in. Stick with the wrong type or add correct type?

It's fine to run Synthetic Oil with crushed Dinosaurs, which is exactly what 'part-synthetic' oils are - but because the chemistry of the two oils you have is unknown, I wouldn't do it for too long (...
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Mini Cooper 2003 - Identify rear indicator light wiring to install LED resistor

If you are looking to figure out which wire goes to which, an easy way to figure this out is to have a source which produces 12vdc and has the two leads for (+) and (-) with probes attached, plus a ...
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2010 mini cooper , Steering wheel unstable and tends to deviate all over. Unable to diagnose the problem

Front wheels that are out of balance will cause shaking in the steering wheel at certain speeds. Tires that are bad can do this at all speeds. If the shaking was partially resolved by putting on a ...
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Spark Plugs go bad yearly despite moderate use - Mini Cooper R56

Per comments , fuel is leaded ; That opens a Pandora's box of problems. Tetraethyl lead was accompanied with bromine to scavenge the lead compounds so they would not foul plugs, etc, so fast. Also , I ...
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EBC brake pad sizing issue

While I don't think this is dangerous, those do not appear to me to be the proper pads for this vehicle. I had a similar problem with my car a while back and I found out that there were TWO brake ...
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2011 Mini Cooper R56 Hardtop Sparkplug Gap

Not to confuse things but Part Info lists the NKG 90223 (PLZKBR7B8DG) as an analogue plug to the Beru 12ZR6SP2. As Paulster2 points out, the Rxx indicates the chassis information, not the engine. ...
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Options for replacing rusted exhaust mounting bolts

I had the same it was easy. I differed in just using a 3mm and then 7.5mm drill bit, the stud (screw) is M8. So it just fell out during drilling. Strike center of circle with punch to guide drill ...
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Mini Cooper With Low Engine Oil

No. Damaged engines make funny noises and are down on power. Low oil will cause a bit of a rattle, and you should find where your oil is going. Most leaks are slow, see if there are fresh oil stains ...
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Is a "coolant housing Ieak" coming from the housing or thermostat?

There are a couple of things here. First, the small puddle under your car is more than likely just water coming off of the A/C condenser. I speculate this is what it is due to there not being any ...
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MINI R53 won't turn over - immobiliser problem?

If you don't get a click at all, then I'd think that the signal isn't getting to the starter motor, so either an immobiliser problem as you suggest, or a problem with the switch as per JPhi's comment. ...
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How to diagnose low water temp on Mini Cooper

sounds like your thermostat is stuck open. I would check this first. You might be able to squeeze the hose going to the radiator and see if you can feel water passing, while the engine is just ...
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Mini Cooper With Low Engine Oil

My MINI was making the same kind of rattly sounds. I took it into the dealer thinking it was the infamous timing chain tensioner failure. It ended up being that it was 3 quarts low and I was losing ...
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Component identification - Mini Cooper S R53 (2005) Limited Slip Differential

The R53 is a Getrag GS6 and has a 25% locking limited slip. If I'm not mistaken, it is a clutch-type. As far as a lack of information, you'll quickly find that most MINI owners just don't care what'...
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Mini Cooper R56 Completely Dead

Tested by auto electrician. POWER DISTRIBUTION BOX CONTROL MODULE was bad that takes the power from the battery and passes on. Not sure how exactly is this module different from the fuse box next to ...
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Any insights or tips on 2012 Mini Cooper S Coupe Random Misfires?

Had a very similar problem with my R56. Except, my misfires were more sudden and dramatic. So bad that I had the car towed home. Turned out to be the ignition coils. As simple as that. Swapped those ...
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Is a 13.07V alternator voltage too low?

Trying to find the parasitic draw by looking for a voltage drop across the fuses is not likely to be the best method. If the current is 620mA through a fuse - which is a really low resistance anyway ...
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Lack of power when cold under load

It sounds to me as though the temperature sensor is giving out a valid but incorrect reading so that the ECU of the car is incorrectly calculating throttle position against fuel requirements. I'd ...
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Lack of power when cold under load

Start with plugs and wires. Especially if they've never been replaced, they are almost certainly causing your current problems. You can test the wires with a multimeter and visual inspection of the ...
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Mini Cooper S (R53) - ABS sensor and magnetic ring (?) replacement

I'm not entirely sure about the MINI Cooper S, but on most cars you don't replace the magnetic (or reluctor) ring when replacing the sensor. You don't need to unless there's been some kind of accident ...
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Tire sensor dangling from rear of car

The sensor indeed does clip into the holder bracket/clips. There are two C-shaped clips and the sensor snaps into them both. It's a fairly snug fit. There are no screws/bolts used to attach it (at ...
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Wheel noise while in reverse

According to a different motor vehicle type forum, your options for trouble are varied. One suggestion is that the pads are worn unevenly, which causes unusual vibration when the movement "re-aligns"...
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Mini Cooper 1.6 Diesel Carbon Coming From The Exhaust

This is usually due to pottering around town then accelerating causing the turbo to kick in - which then cleans all the carbon soot out... diesels with a turbo are known for it .
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Broken front driver's side suspension

Difficult to say without pictures. Based on what you said I would speculate it is definitely suspension related. Badly damaged or destroyed shock absorber-, MacPherson strut (another type of shock ...
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