1st Gen R53 Cooper S P2096... but now won't start

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  1. DeniseR53

    DeniseR53 New Member

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    2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible

    I got the P2096/engine light about 5 months ago. I had it reset, and after about 600 miles it came back on. Then the other day the car would not start. (I'm assuming the 2 are related.) So I removed the intercooler to test the Schrader (sp?) valve for the fuel pump, and it spit out gas. So I figure it's not the fuel pump. I removed the inside fuse panel and tested the fuel pump relay. That worked too. So I'm thinking it's the EMS 2000 control unit.

    Since the EMS has replaced the former inertia switch, is there a reset for the EMS? Or am I even barking up the wrong tree? Help! Thanks!!

    Denise
     
  2. Nathan

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    Welcome, thanks for joining Motoring Alliance, the FUN and Friendly MINI Community.

    When you say won't start, does it do anything? Does it crank over at least.
     
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    Yes it cranks. Oh...something else weird. The convertible top won't go down either. That's the other reason I thought of the EMS.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken the 2096 is the post cat o2 lean code, Maybe your cat is clogged and preventing the car from starting? Was it running fine before it wouldn't start?
     
  6. DeniseR53

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    Thanks Jeff and MCS. The battery is only a year old. It was running well previous to this.

    Anyone have any ideas about the top not going own?

    Honestly it's a 2006 and this is the first thing that's ever gone wrong!
     
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    Does the top only do sunroof mode? there is a black lever to the left in the boot if it is not closed (pushes to the left) the top won't work right.
     
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    I thought of that... no, the top doesn't work at all.
     
  9. Da_Ghost

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    When mine coded for P2096, it was a cracked intercooler boot. It was running lean as hell and would run like crap at idle, almost impossible to move as well. Lean enough to actually make the exhaust manifold turn cherry red just by idling for a short period of time.

    I'd inspect the intercooler boots as a starting point, oem ones are easy to remove anyway.
     
  10. Dave.0

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    Air, fuel and spark is all you need to start your car.

    Check your Air filter.
    Check you have fuel in your car.

    ^^ both of them should be fine.

    Next check that you have a good strong battery.
    Check your coil by pulling the wires off one at a time and seeing if they are corroded.
    Next pull all 4 plugs and look at them. If they are fouled just replace the whole set with a new set of OEM NGK's.

    I have had crap plugs cause this same issue on my R53 before.

    Then report back, good luck and hope it's something simple like above.
     
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    Thanks all. It looks like it's the ECU (EMS 2000). Trying to find one on ebay, etc. Then will have to get it programmed blah blah blah.... sigh
     

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