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2005 R53, 2005 R53 lightweight, 2008 R55S, 2012 R58FJCW, 2014 R60SD All4, 1996 Mini Cooper 35SE.
doesn't look great, wet everywhere around it....
You’re lucky not to own a convertible….but you know that!The pleasure of autumn! Water inside one of the rear lights. Off it came for a reseal and in went a standard light with orange indicator lens. The fixed light will go back in at the weekend once I am happy the glue is properly set and the sealant dry.
Im beginning to feel the same after selling my focus st, slight regret but the track days in the mini make all the regret go away. Battle on and all will become goodWell, it appears that the alternator that I fitted to my car in April 2021 has failed. Battery light on and no power steering. Voltage not increasing at the battery when the engine is running.
As it's now rather cold and wet I have entrusted my local garage to source and fit a replacement. Low charging voltage could have been the source of my recent running woes. I will wait and see.
I also have a replacement heater matrix to fit. The pipes are hots, the air blend flap is working but the air isn't as hot as it should be. 20 years of crud inside, no doubt.
My Mini ownership ratio is definitely more pain then pleasure at the moment.
considerations:I have spoken to a few people who have all recommended changing the oil cooler first as its failure has similar symptoms to a blown head gasket and is much cheaper to do. TBH I am not pinning my hopes, but it is worth a go and I may be lucky. The compression test was so level across cylinders that it didn't immediately point to head gasket, as I'd expect that to cause lower compression on one or two adjacent cylinders. The coolant tank is not pressured when cold either. no oil in coolant, rather coolant in oil.
Fingers crossed. Ready for either outcome.
If it is head gasket then it won't be any easy decision what to do. I have the funds, but do I want to spend them on a 20 year old mini?
Can you explain further please?considerations:
you appear to have a failed block test regardless of other emulsification factors