Question Electronics Fail! R60 Countryman FRM Failure. Anyone ever come here just to tell you a happy story?

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  1. DocMac

    DocMac New Member

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    I'm at it again, ladies and gents. I posted an earlier thread to scrape some stutter/lag/low fuel pressure smarts and I'm back. By all means, if you have a moment to look at that thread, I'd love the advice.

    I had a battery issue. It's 4 years old (the battery) and had a low crank start, then a fail to turn over one day. I set a low power trickle charge to it over the day and it seemed to start properly, in daylight. The next morning (in the dark) I fired it up to run my little one up to the bus stop and realized I had no interior lights, had no front window control, no gauge backlighting, no turn signals and no sunroof control. Joy. I think the footwell module (FRM) is gooned but any insight would be appreciated.
    New battery is installed, FRM has been removed and reinstalled. No change.
    I'll be trying to fire up a BMW code reader/programmer my dad was playing with a few years back if anyone has insight on how to set THOSE up. I'll edit with equipment specifics when I get home.

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    Did you change the old battery out? A failing battery can cause a lot of strange problems on MINIs.
    If you haven't put in a new battery, that is the first thing you should do.
     
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    Yep. That was my first step. I replaced with the exact same make/model as was failing. I figured the brown-out originally cause the issue and with the battery's age it was due.

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    +1 on checking the battery and replacing if’n it shows any signs of losing charge.
     
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    When you replace the battery it will have to be registered. This helps the ECU charge it in a way that will make it last longer. As has already been said Mini's hate bad battery. If one is going bad it can cause all sorts of odd behavior and codes.
     
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    Not all MINI's need to have a new battery registered. If your battery cable is one like this then yes it needs to be registered.

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    When did that start? I changed the battery in my 2009 at 8 years (!) and didn't do anything but plug the new one in.
     
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    I've read that the cars with comfort access have the IBS (Intelligent Battery Sensor), the others do not.
     
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    No battery registration for R53’s ...yay
     
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    Both my wife's R57 and my R58 have IBS
     
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    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ????
     
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    No IBS on my R60. I was a little surprised to figure that out a few weeks back. So, an update. The footwell module (FRM) was covered under a warranty extentending (up to 10yr/156k miles) Technical Service bulletin in some vehicles. I also just received a recall letter for a secondary cooling fan control board. I called to confirm that my car falls in the footwell wonk affected group. It was. The hour drive was worth it to drop it off, get two things fixed and get a cheap (yeah, right) diagnosis of a low fuel pressure gremlin I've been chasing. But I AM driving a fresh off the lot MCS as a loaner. So I'll take it.
    They're also taking a look at the intake. This may start to clear the debate. They think the low fuel pressure ping may be a computer glitch due to odd airflow from carbon clogged intake valves and the normal math the system does to accommodate to expected buildup. I do t buy it, but we'll see.

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    That sounds great. Please let us know what they find.
     

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