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I replaced the head gasket on a 2008 mini s and now it wont

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i replaced the head gasket on a 2008 mini cooper s and now it wont crank
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: BMW
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 months ago.

hi im kevin does engine turn over by hand front crankshaft pulley bolt ?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
it turns fine.
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 months ago.

ok so you have an electrical issue .do you have a multimeter to test feed to starter ?and also the earth that connects to engine mount has been reattached ?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
i have a multi meter.ill check the ground.i work in a repair shop and got stuck with it when the person who took it apart got fired so im not sure about which ground you are refering to
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 months ago.

on the engine mount on timing chain end there is an earth lead that bolts to engine mount itself comes from body .I sure your aware but just check you have 12volt switch feed down to smaller starter terminal?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
the ground being loose was part of it.now when you push the start button it will try to crank then stop
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 months ago.

ok do you have diagnostic equipment tom see if you have any fault codes .if timings correct these normally start on the button after head rebuild

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
the only code stored is a p0974 trans shift solenoid a
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 months ago.

ok that obviously wont cause a non start how long does it actually crank for?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
for just a split second like its in some kind of default mode
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 months ago.

I would pop battery back off for a few minutes as its had earth loose and try again it may reset

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
ok im doing that now
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 months ago.

let me know how you get on

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
it still does the same thing.it just cranks for a split second then stops
Expert:  Kevin replied 8 months ago.

ok im going to opt out im in the uk and its late another tech from us will assist

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
ok thanks for your help
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 8 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

Have you tested for power on the starter solenoid control wire while attempting to crank the engine but it will not turn?