2002 mini cooper ignition problems

Asked by Jan 27, 2014 at 08:33 PM about the 2002 MINI Cooper Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i'll be brief.
this is basically what happens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ta5AyX6EMs
everybody's telling me that it's a battery problem.
the thing is after it does that, after 5-10 minutes of trying it starts again.
so i'm thinking that if the battery were dead, shouldn't the care be dead also?

my i should mention that this problem occured after the temperature dropped and the
first snow of the year hit.
thank you

5 Answers

7,825

Check the battery terminals, make sure they are clean and tight.

i checked exactly when it was causing problems, they were on tight so i left them as i found them. after a few more tries, the car just started.

7,825

Take them off, clean them, and re-install them. Tight doesn't mean clean. I've come across many battery terminals that were tight, but the engine wouldn't crank until you cleaned them.

20,085

When you insert the key in the ignition does it ding? See if it dings when it won't start and let us know.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
20,085

Have you ever had the battery load tested?

Your Answer

Cooper

Looking for a Used Cooper in your area?

CarGurus has 9,002 nationwide Cooper listings starting at $999.

ZIP:

MINI Cooper Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    720
  • #2
    Robert Charlson
    Reputation
    520
  • #3
    mightymini11
    Reputation
    450
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Beetle
202 Great Deals out of 8,488 listings starting at $995
Used Honda Civic
849 Great Deals out of 78,667 listings starting at $900
Used Jeep Wrangler
281 Great Deals out of 15,908 listings starting at $2,997
Used Ford Mustang
755 Great Deals out of 42,818 listings starting at $1,300
Used BMW 3 Series
1,042 Great Deals out of 31,744 listings starting at $1,000
Used Volkswagen GTI
123 Great Deals out of 8,647 listings starting at $2,000
Used Chevrolet Camaro
424 Great Deals out of 31,920 listings starting at $2,395
Used Ford Focus
779 Great Deals out of 54,313 listings starting at $1,495
Used Volkswagen Jetta
589 Great Deals out of 42,175 listings starting at $700

Used Cars For Sale

2017 MINI Cooper Base For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 501 listings starting at $18,900
2016 MINI Cooper Base For Sale
80 listings starting at $12,499
2015 MINI Cooper Base For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 193 listings starting at $10,900
2014 MINI Cooper Base For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 330 listings starting at $10,585
2013 MINI Cooper Base For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 358 listings starting at $6,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.