Well, Steve... thanks for the response (Sorry not sure if I said "Air Injection", but I believe it's "Air Intake
"). Regardless of what the code description is, P1497 is openly described as a vacuum leak in the system. It's straight out of Mini... it's also throwing a P2187 (running lean), even the Mini dealer confirms these. Anyways, I did go to a Mini dealer. As you may have guessed, they said it was "probably" one of the following; (1) bad valve cover, (2) torn intake hose, or (3) leaking vacuum pump. So, I (myself) replaced the valve cover, found a cracked PCV hose through a smoke test and replaced it (dealer did not find that), and changed the O-Rings in the vacuum pump (which I don't think was related). As far as the intake hose goes (#2), there is a little "cup" around the very front of the hose that has a little piece out of it. I taped it up good, and I can't see how any air is getting through it. My only guess is that the actual "air cleaner" intake box in the back is not sealed well, but I am not sure if that has anything to do with this. Certainly if you are working on Mini's you might have a good assumption here, the codes that both myself and the Mini dealer saw were the same, and NONE of their recommendations worked. Oh by the way, some guy on Youtube said he fixed his P1497 by replacing the gas cap LOL, so I actually did that as well, no help. So, I'm trying to track down other places this could be happening, such as something with emissions (O2 sensors?), or the Leak Diagnosis Pump in the rear by the gas tank? I need to find some good troubleshooting options and no, I don't want to go back to the dealer and pay and arm and a leg for the same advice, etc. If you could lead me in the right direction would be great.Oh yeah, the car runs great, does not overheat, great gas mileage... no issues. Just the stupid engine
light. FYI, I smoke tested this thing from both the valve cover, and the dipstick and only found that one crack in the PCV hose. If you think that I need to smoke test this again, let me know where I should be plugging in my hose etc for better results.Looking forward to your help!