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Just wanted to say hello!

New member, retired 63 year-old, just bought my 08 Clubman S a month or so ago. I had an Opel GT and a 280ZX in my younger days, have wanted something sporty ever since. I was warned that Minis are quirky, but so am I, and we are getting used to each other. Love it so far!

I filled out my profile and uploaded some pics. I live in rural SW Missouri, in the Ozarks, so there are lots of twisty roads to play on.

I have been able to figure out a lot of things with a PDF Manual and youtube videos, but I encountered a new problem today, and was hoping for some advice. My turn signals are flashing at about double the normal speed, and the "exterior bulb failure" warning symbol is on. I assumed I just had a bulb burned out, but they are all working, including the side (scuttle?) lights. I searched the manual for a flasher module, but didn't find anything.

Anyone have any suggestions for an old fart who is technologically challenged? Thanks in advance, looking forward to browsing this site.
 
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Welcome! MINIs are very sensitive to battery condition so that is a good place to start.
 
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Also check out www.realoem.com for great parts illustrations and information on your MINI.
 
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Check out the TIS for fixes and diagram also, realoem is a good ETK parts diagram

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Welcome to the forum. The Opel GT was one of the cars I test drove in the 80s while learning to drive a manual. I regret not buying it when I had the chance. I would think the Opel was a little more quirky than the MINI.

Do you have any pictures to share.
 
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Hi and welcome to the NAM family, oldfart55!
There are quite a few of us old farts reliving our youth, on here!
The fun these cars deliver will make you young!
Sometimes a loose bulb, or corrosion on the base can cause this. You may have to take them all out to find the "one", but changing them all, will be a good idea anyway!
 
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Wow, thanks for all the replies. I have found several mentions that a loose bulb or corroded socket can allow the bulb to still work, while sending a "fail" signal. I think I'll replace all the bulbs and check for corrosion and loose connections. I put about 80 miles on it today, and the signals worked properly about half the time. An iffy connection somewhere makes sense.

I have pics in my profile.
 

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Originally Posted by miniCPA View Post
Welcome to the forum. The Opel GT was one of the cars I test drove in the 80s while learning to drive a manual. I regret not buying it when I had the chance. I would think the Opel was a little more quirky than the MINI.

Do you have any pictures to share.
I had the Opel in the late 70s. It really wasn't quirky, it was before electronics. Only diagnostic tools I needed were a timing light and a tach and dwell meter. Setting the points was a pain, and the Solex carb was finicky, but it was all pretty basic. These are the only surviving photos:


 
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I had the Opel in the late 70s. It really wasn't quirky, it was before electronics. Only diagnostic tools I needed were a timing light and a tach and dwell meter. Setting the points was a pain, and the Solex carb was finicky, but it was all pretty basic. These are the only surviving photos:

These were much simpler years. I had a 61 factory fuel injected Corvette. Points, mechanical fuel injection, which was really tough to set. They were both fun in the day though! Today's Mini is better in the fun department! A road legal go-kart! with great steering, handling and power out of a tiny 1.6 engine! I really love my 06 MCS JCW! It is the most fun car I have owned.
 
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I thought I should probably follow up on this, since so many people were helpful. The turn signal problem fixed itself! They started working right after 3-4 days and have been fine ever since. We had a torrential rain the day before the problem started, I'm thinking maybe something got damp?

On another note, I recently found a Johnny Lightning Cooper S on eBay for $6, not an exact match for mine, but the color matches perfectly! Great detail for it's size, cute little thing...
 
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