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2014 F56 Starter/Ignition Failure

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2014 F56 Starter/Ignition Failure

Hi everyone,

I’ve got a 2014 F56 Cooper S Hardtop that is now out of warranty. Recently, I started getting an intermittent problem where the engine doesn’t spin over, accompanied by whooshing/whirring sound, followed by a starter/ignition fault. After a few attempts it starts. I’d say that it starts now about 3 times out of every 10! I suspect that the whooshing/whirring sound is the starter motor spinning but not engaged to the flywheel due to a sticking selenoid.

Does this diagnosis sound logical?

You can’t buy just a selenoid - and my Mini dealer wants $460 + $150 core charge for a complete starter.

Im finding used starters online that come with a 1 year warranty for $100 or less.

I’m seriously considering tearing apart my current selenoid and trying to fix it and if that doesn’t work, buying a used one.

Thoughts, opinions, suggestions?

Thanks!!!
 
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