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MINI Cooper, Hatchback
Dec 29, 2008 (12:51 pm)
I have owned a 2006 Mini Cooper for just a few months. The other day, the warning lite for a possible flat tire came on. I didn't have a flat but the drivers side door wouldn't open from the inside and now is doing that sporadically. Yesterday the check engine lite came on, but did not come on today. I live in N. Michigan and it had been really cold when I had the door problem. Should I be looking for something else?
#212 of 393 Re: Warning lite [bitsiesmom]
Dec 29, 2008 (6:38 pm)
I am down here in Indy and have the same problem with the door.
What I have found out the the latch on the out side does not release all the way.
I have pull the leaver out and it works fine. This only happen when it gets cold and a little wet.
#213 of 393 Re: Warning lite [bitsiesmom]
Dec 29, 2008 (7:03 pm)
I live in Florida where there are only two seasons, hot and hot as hell and I have the same issue with the door. Very frustrating, I have to roll down the window and open it from the outside or use the auto unlock. Been to the dealer once about it but the dealer is 50 miles away and I can not justify taking a day off of work for it.
bitsies mom I have news for you, you have not purchased a 'high-quality' vehicle.
Good luck though.
#214 of 393 Re: Warning lite [bitsiesmom]
Dec 29, 2008 (8:39 pm)
We have an '07 Cooper and about a month ago the check engine light came on, but went off after about 3 on/off cycles of the ignition. It hasn't come back on, the car drives normal, so I assume whatever condition triggered the light is no longer present.
#215 of 393 Door Won't Open in Very Cold Weather
Jan 02, 2009 (3:27 pm)
We have had a recurring problem opening the passenger side door in our '03 Mini, but it's clearly related to very cold weather. It happens every winter, but only when the temperature gets below 10 degrees. The door cannot be opened from the inside or the outside. I suspect it might have something to do with the power locks, because when you try to open the door from the outside, the handle acts as if the door is locked. Has anyone else here experienced the same issue? Any ideas on how to fix this?
#216 of 393 Re: Door Won't Open in Very Cold Weather [shark715]
Jan 02, 2009 (4:28 pm)
My did the same thing......What happens is the handle on the outside does not spring back. If you help it spring back you can get in and out of your car from the inside. I have not tried yet but I am going to use a dry lube and see if that helps.
#217 of 393 Re: Door Won't Open in Very Cold Weather [wilemakeit]
Jan 02, 2009 (7:53 pm)
Thanks much for responding, but it sounds like our car has a different issue. Our outside handle DOES spring back normally...just as if the door was locked. The good news is that the door is working again because it warmed up to 20 degrees where we are today. But I really would like to figure out a permanent fix as not being able to count on a working passenger door in extreme cold is a real pain. Anybody else have any ideas?
#218 of 393 Windshield and Headlight Washer Problem
Jan 02, 2009 (8:04 pm)
In addition to my previous post on the passenger door not opening in extremely cold weather, when the temperature gets close to zero, both the windshield and headlight washers stop working (sounds like our car really hates cold weather, eh?). I always use washer fluid that is suppossed to work to 25 below, and don't have the same problem with our other vehicles. You can hear the electric pump(s) trying to pump the fluid, but no fluid comes out. When the weather warms up, the washers start working again. Anyone else have the same issue?
#219 of 393 Re: Windshield and Headlight Washer Problem [shark715]
Jan 03, 2009 (1:05 pm)
That might simply be due to the nozzle openings being clogged with ice, or other debris.
#220 of 393 Re: Windshield and Headlight Washer Problem [shark715]
Jan 07, 2009 (3:43 pm)
You might ask, how can ice form (see bodble2 answer) when I'm using -25degF washer flui? Well, I have seen high-methanol content used in washer fluids to achieve that selling point. However, when the weather is "warmer", or just over a long period of time even in the bitter cold, the methanol portion evaporates leaving the washer fluid right at the sprayer nozzle outlet, with low methanol content - Presto! Frozen fluid.
You need to get the glycol-based fluid like Prestone. Unlike methanol, ethylene glycol will evaporate slower than the water portion, and therefore retains the anti-freeze properties at the nozzle. For exactly the same reason, this type of washer fluid will not re-freeze on your windshield (while the methanol-based ones do that, once the methanol evaporates).