2nd Gen R56 Cooper S 1st Snow, 1st use of DCS and now CEL?

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  1. RllyDrvrIX

    RllyDrvrIX New Member

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    Leaving work parking lot today, unplowed, had a little push from friends. DCS light went off a few times, ABS light went off until I was on the main road. CEL light came on after ABS and stayed on (is still on).

    Any ideas why and any quick way to shut it off without going to the dealer?

    2010 MCSa, all stock powertrain...
     
  2. Crashton

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    I fear you are dealer bound. The DSC light going on & off is the traction control nanny trying it's best to get you stuck. Sometimes it is better to spin the wheels some. As far as the cel & abs light goes I have no clue. Maybe some snow & ice tore a wire loose.
     
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    RllyDrvrIX New Member

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    We'll see, I have a call in to the dealer and maybe (just maybe) I can get in tomorrow night.
     
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    CEL light off this morning. Never returned all the way to work in similar conditions.

    I really love this car, it fixes itself!!!
     
  6. Justa Jim

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    I found last winter that when there is snow I have to turn the DSC off. If not when i would go up a hill or the tires would spin a bit, the engine power cut to the point I would slide backwards.

    Jim
     
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    This being my first FWD car (previous were RWD and 4WD) I have some learning to complete.

    The "power-off" part of the DSC is what prompted me to keep my foot in it.

    I will practice this weekend in some snow-covered parking lots.

    Lots to learn with this little gem of a car but I still love it!

    Jim, I went with KUDA for the GPS but opted for Pro-Clip for the iPhone4 and love it! I'll post some photos in my gallery this weekend.
     
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    Glad to hear it cleared which is what I half expected reading through this post

    Part of the other learning curve of owning a MINI for me was that CEL does not mean "your about to throw a cam shaft" it is more along the line of "hey one of my bips is not beeping and want you to know"

    Good investment is a OBDII reader or Scan Gauge which can 1) tell you what the problem is (if any) and 2) it will clear the CEL. I got one from our own Dr. O and it has come in handy several times.

    Other option is to give a CEL a couple days and if it persists THEN you call the service dept
     
  9. RllyDrvrIX

    RllyDrvrIX New Member

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    I used to have a ScanGuage II with a previous 4WD truck. I used it as a monitor. Never needed to check or clear a code.

    What would you recommed, a dedicated OBDII or ScanGauge II?
     
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    Kind of a toss up, depends on pers pref

    I'm using the OBDII Reader over the scan gauge mainly out of aesthetics. 1) I don't want another 'thing' on my dash on top of GPS and iPod 2) I have a Eco Route HD for my Garmni which feeds me some, not all, of the data that you would get from the Scangauge

    Guess the decider is how much engine data you want. Want allot? Scan Gauge would be the way to go. Don't really care and just want to see what a CEL is and clear it if it is nothing consequential? OBDII
     
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