Same problem with my 2010 Mini Cooper clubman. My car battery died because it was old and very cold outside. After I got it started and new battery, the windows and signals will not work


Asked by Jan 07, 2017 at 08:18 AM about the 2010 MINI Cooper S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My Mini Cooper clubman 2010 would not start on a very cold below zero
morning here in Minnesota. I realized that I had never replaced it and it was 7
years old. I had it jumped and all seemed fine except a warning light was on
and I found out the signals and Windows and interior lights do not work after
driving it. I had the battery replaced with a high end battery at a shop near by
that works on minis. The car runs great and Luckily everything else is working
except the interior lights, Windows and turn signals. Seems like the arm that
controls the lights is not working at all, but luckily my lights are working. Also
along the dash where my heated seats and window controls are, the heated
seats and lock door control are working but not my Windows. The shop
checked all of my fuses and registered my battery and nothing helped. I know
it is not moisture because we are in a cold snap and the warning light ( red
car on a hoist) did not come on till after my battery died. My car and all parts
were working great till the battery failure. If anyone has any suggestions to
help I would be go grateful for some answers. Thank you! Jacki

15 Answers


So the Mini specialists you took the car to can't figure it out and you came here to get the advise from a bunch of knuckleheads that you know nothing about? Taking it to a competent mechanic would be my suggestion.

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Jumping your car is a mistake- was the other car's engine running when you started your mini? I thought so- engaging in this old, tired, 20th Century automotive ritual is a good way to fry your fancy electric toy- the donor car, when running is putting out current and when your car starts, it also puts out current- the two currents collide- BOOM- get into the future here- using jumper cables is as wrong as siphoning gasoline with your mouth-

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Seems like other people had problems like this just removing a battery terminal for a few minutes. Just thought if this happened to anyone else before like I have found in other blogs, what could be the problem before I take it in and I get a $600 bill from mini to look at it.

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Totally understand and wish you the best of luck with it. Perhaps do some "Google" searching for similar problems would be helpful.


Thank you!

Is your problem solved?


Hi Nadrah, Sorry you have the same problem. I did find the problem. I found a blog on the internet that also had the same problem after their Mini lost power. He said it was the Foot Well Module located on the drivers side just beyond the area where you pull the latch fir the hood. It was certain fuses in that box. In my case it was the whole module. It was not cheap to fix. The part was around $750-$800 to replace and then the car had to totally be reprogrammed by the computer. I luckily found an auto care place here in MN called Honest 1 and they did a wonderful job and everything is working perfectly I have my windows, signals etc. back. That module controls all of that. So try that. Foot Well Module or FRM Good Luck! Jacki

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It was over $1000 with parts and tax etc. but so happy my 2010 Mini Clubman works again!


Sorry you had the same problem too. I hope this works for you too. It did for me. The Foot Well Module controls the windows and the signals, lights etc. Wishing you Good Luck! Jacki


Sorry you had the same problem too. I hope this works for you too. It did for me. The Foot Well Module controls the windows and the signals, lights etc. Wishing you Good Luck! Jacki

I'm having the same problem now .. what are they thinking ..this is crap !


As others have mentioned, it's the Footwell Module located behind the plastic panel near where your hood lever is located. (I think the technical name for the part is FRM3R PL3. At least, that's what is written on mine. Here is a link to a video that explains the problem and how to fix it. There are people on eBay who advertise a service where you remove the module from your car, mail it to them and they reprogram it and send it back to you. I haven't tried any of them, but the cost is somewhere in the $150 range, based on what I've seen so far.

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It was the problem and replacing that part took care of the big problem. So check that if you run into the same problem. I found the info over a year ago on a Mini blog.

I had same problem, Mini has put out a letter saying this is now covered up to 100k miles I believe. They had a location on the document they sent me which provides cost reimbursement. I would try calling the Mini dealership to get confirmation, where I had it replaced, no charge (part and labor) they knew about issues.


Following up on my previous reply. I found someone on eBay who "reprogrammed" my footwell module for $89, plus shipping. All I had to do was extract it from my car, put it in a padded box and ship it. Two days later it was returned and I just plugged it in and everything worked again (turn signals, rear power windows, front headlights). While I would highly recommend the service I used, I won't do it here because I don't want people to think I'm selling for them. It doesn't take long to do your own research and even speak with those who advertise this service to make sure you're comfortable with sending an expensive part off to who knows where... Notes.... Extracting the module was difficult for 3 reasons. 1) interior panels are a pain in the butt to get back on just the way they came out of the factory, once you've removed them. 2) It's hard to see the two screws that need to be removed. 3) it's impossible to know that the three cables are held in place by clasps that have to be moved out of the way before the cables can be unplugged. I got lucky and figured it out.

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