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Chad Farhat
Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems
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I have a 08 mini cooper 2.0 liter sport coleman. Problem is

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Hi i have a 08 mini cooper 2.0 liter sport coleman. Problem is that it just died while driving and it wont start neither crank. I push the button to start engine and only the dash cluster lights come on, but engine does not crank at all.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: BMW
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 9 months ago.

Hi, I'm Chad ,Welcome To JustAnswer, I'm reviewing your question and I will be posting a reply ASAP

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 9 months ago.

1- check the battery first for 12 volts ?

2- is there a red security lights flashing or steady on while you trying to press the start button ?

3- is there 12 volt on battery .,if not ,it will not even turn over

4- if the alternator was weak and not charging the battery it will die while driving if the battery went below 10.5 volts ?

Please let me know

Thank You

Chad Farhat

ASE Certified Technician

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I jump it! It cranks but it wont start i will take a video of the cranking noise cause it does not sound normal.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 9 months ago.

yes let me hear that , hope it is not an internal breakage of belt or chain a broken .

what is the mileage on it ?

was the oil light coming on and off with you prior to this failure ?

Please let me know

Thank You

Chad Farhat

ASE Certified Technician

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It only has 50k miles and no there was no light on. Only notice that it was like one quard and haft low on engine oil. But did not notice any lekage.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 9 months ago.

is there a check engine light on now?

is oil pressure light on now?

have you checked oil level again, are we leaking any oil ?

if you increase the rpm at idle does that engine noise go higher ?

let me know

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
How can i send u a video? It only cranks and noise its the same if i push on the gas pedal.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 9 months ago.

so it cranks but want start correct?

i think you can only do picture not video,you can try , there should be an attachment tab, in the post box we talk in

can you have the computer scanned with bmw scanner or equivalent & retrieve the fault codes & post them back here ?

we need spark & fuel to start ?

so we need to check for bot of these , wit a test light & fuel pressure tester ?

can you do that testing ?

Please let me know

Thank You

Chad Farhat

ASE Certified Technician

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

you can post a video on you tube and send me the link so i can hear it

Chad

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
How can i put it on newtral so i can push it into my garage?
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

there should be a small plastic cover next to shifter where u can insert key and move it to neutral

you have to remove the small cover to see the hole

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

or pull the rubber boot around the shifter you will see a yellow tab you can pull and release

i m not sure which shifter you have ,it will be one of the two

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thanks! I remove the valve cover and it looks like one of the timming guide broke now i wonder if u can get me the steps to remove timming chain and sprokets. Should i do a pressure test? It looks like engine and head are turning.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

you welcome

yes you need to send head out to machine shop and do head job & check valves

engine & head turning is good ,but still pressure test, mill head & valve job is needed to be sure

yes send me the vin # of the car & I will send you the steps for timing chain

Can you go ahead & rate me at this time , I would appreciated

please let me know

Thank You
Chad Farhat
ASE Certified Technician

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 8 months ago.

2008 Mini Cooper S Clubman (R55) L4-1.6L Turbo (N14)

the vin# ***** up with this engine . you mentioned you have 08 mini cooper 2.0 liter s coleman

you mean 1.6 liter corrrect ?