2nd Gen R56 Cooper S Red Temp light intermittent

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  1. haumea

    haumea New Member

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    Hello, I have a new question. I noticed that after betting my girl out for the carbon buildup and valve replacement. The temp light had come on then it went out. I had asked the s/m to check the a/c because I noticed water coming out from under the car like you would normally see when running the a/c or not. Today I noticed the temp light go on and off then it stayed on 3-4 miles. I turned the a/c off as I noticed a drop in temp from the a/c itself. I turned it off altogether after a bit the light went off and I got home. I noticed now, no water is coming out. I've called the dealership and the car has only been out a week and now they want me to bring it in again. Any thoughts?
    Of course it going to be 105 Norcal this weekend and augh. I am irritated
     
  2. DneprDave

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    What year and model MINI do you have?

    It is best to put that information in your signature, so you don't have to repeat it with every enquiry.

    Dave
     
  3. Nathan

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    It's a 2009 Cooper S. I cheated and checked out the Garage.

    I'm going to wager that the coolant needs to be bled. Check the level in the overflow too.
     
  4. haumea

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    Thank you, I will check with the hubby to check that tomorrow.
     
  5. haumea

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    Hi, it's a 2009 S
     
  6. Crashton

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    #6 Crashton, Jun 5, 2014
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    When the temp light comes on, do not continue to drive, not even for 3 or 4 miles. You can end up damaging your engine. Stop turn the engine off, open the hood & look at the coolant tank. If it is empty wait until the car cools & then add water, don't drive it low on coolant with a warning light on.

    Hope the dealer fixes you up. I agree with Nathan they probably did not burp the air out after the repairs.
     
  7. vetsvette

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    Do not try to open the tank before it cools down.
     
  8. UKCoopeR

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    A buddy did that when we were working on a 87 monte carlo, resulting in the creation of the phrase "rusty water steam bath". It is a mistake he only made once lol :biggrin5:
     
  9. Metalman

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    The interesting physics involved keeps the coolant from boiling while under pressure.... As soon as he released the radiator cap the pressure was obviously released and at that split second the water attempted a phase change from a liquid to a gas.... Ie: boiling water... This boiling water probably helped knock loose a lot of the rusty buildup inside the walls of the engine and radiator in that instant...

    With that said.... Don't release the pressure on a hot cooling system.... Ever.... :frown2:

    Do a radiator flush the correct way with chemical cleaners....:Thumbsup:
     
  10. Crashton

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    I was over at Best Motor Werks this morning having Skooby's cholesterol checked. The subject of driving MINI's with temp warning lights came up. Anson the Tech said they have seen quite a few of those. His recommendation is not to drive your MINI when it's hot. The engines don't like it & they die in a most costly way.
     
  11. mini_racer

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    And hey, if you leave your car under a cover in the garage and never drive it all it will not get dirty and never use any fuel. You wont even ever have to wash it.
     
  12. haumea

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    Hello all,
    I did stop driving it and made it home safely. Saw the fluid drain under onto my carport. I called the dealer to ask why this wasn't looked at completely when I asked 2 weeks ago? So I had to have the car towed again 48 miles to our dealership. Results: Oil filter housing gasket had a leak, and the o ring gasket had to be replaced as there was a leak there as well. Which should have been caught 2 weeks ago when the valve housing unit was replaced completely along with the carbon blasting. Luckily I still had the autoguard with Hendricks, but egahds. I'm thinking as much as I love my Tiare maybe it's time to get the Fiat 4-door. The car ran fine on the way home.
     
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    Don't blame the car because the dealership is less than competent.

    And so yeah, once the issues are properly resolved..... you should feel free to drive the car in the Summer heat.
     
  14. haumea

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    Thanks, I'm not blaming her that the dealer didn't do their job. But I'm sure she would have been happier at home after just being there to get fixed again. I did give the service manager a peace of my mind as I had to use another towe from my CSAA.
     

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