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      04-11-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Mini technical issues

My girlfriends r56 mini is having some issues.

After starting the revs are dropping low and the car struggles to rev. Also the radiator fan is labouring when the car has barely warmed up. Its not losing water. I wonder whether it might be the temp sensor or something silly??

There is no oil/water temp gauge on the R56.

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It's out of warranty I assume?
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Yep no warranty

56 plate car with 38,000 miles.
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maybe try the Mini UK forum...
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You could read the error codes with a BT cable or INPA and check if it's thrown any errors. It might give you some more insights into what's going on. What would the symptoms of a knackered thermostat be?

Is the outside temperature reporting normal temps? E.g. the car doesn't think it's like 50+ degrees outside?
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no, reading normal outside temperatures - isnt this a seperate sensor?

Its booked in to our local BMW/mini specialist on Monday, hopefully something cheap... Otherwise I'll get bollocked for recommending a mini!
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no, reading normal outside temperatures - isnt this a seperate sensor?

Its booked in to our local BMW/mini specialist on Monday, hopefully something cheap... Otherwise I'll get bollocked for recommending a mini!
Yes it's a separate sensor. I had an issue on my old Golf where the outside sensor failed and read -40. The car went into some crazy protection mode thinking it was super cold outside, turned on seat heating etc in the middle of summer, but your issue sounds more like it could be engine/electric related. Hopefully it will be something cheap and easy to fix, but let us know the outcome. Good luck!
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