I bought a 2009 Mini Cooper S R56 with some engine / computer issues. Codes show as:
P2418 P3012 P3024
Engine light on, oil light on sometimes.
Sometimes the car will start and run fine. Other times it cranks but does not start. When it starts, the tach moves while cranking. When it doesn’t start, the tach does not budge. After failing, the front most relay in the engine compartment fuse box chatters. Pulling and replacing the relay and then quickly trying to start again, works.
Applying a battery booster to the battery while the relay is chattering does NOT stop it from chattering. Lights on, lights off, same behaviour so I don’t think it’s a battery or voltage issue, but I don’t have a relay-test-point extension and I have not measured voltage at the relay.
The dealer wants to replace the DME/ACU and the wiring harness, for over $3k in parts alone and they will NOT guarantee that it will fix the issue.
Thoughts on what might be the cause? As everything works fine when the relay engages, I doubt this is a computer issue. When the DME fails, it seems it always fails. Intermittent issues are not generally computer issues.
I don’t know where to find a wiring diagram for this car. Suggestions?
- This topic was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by Tim Riker.
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