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Old 04-02-2019, 04:51 PM
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Help! What is this noise from my Mini

Hello!

Just purchased this 2015 Mini Cooper S from Mini of Allentown and after a jaunt to visit my family in Pittsburgh, my Mini started making this horrible squealing sound. I wasn't able to replicate it the following day, but the next day it returned.

Here is a video - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vY...MWyvSLZ974sleo - you can best hear it at 45 seconds.

If anyone has any ideas as to what this might be, I would greatly appreciate it!
 

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Old 04-02-2019, 05:03 PM
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sounds like you've got a seized pully? any smell of burnt rubber?
 
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:36 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion - no noticeable smells.
 
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:56 PM
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Man, that is a sound for sure!

I had this once and it was a stupid rock that got between my caliper and rim. Once it fell out no more noise
 
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:13 AM
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Who did you buy your car from? If it was Lauren I’d give her a call & she will hook you up with service. We bought our 2015 Countryman S All4 from MINI of Allentown and so far they’ve been great to deal with.

It’s hard to tell from a short video but try to isolate the noise to if driving or sitting....that way you might isolate the sound to drivetrain/brakes or engine.

Good luck!
 
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Old 04-05-2019, 05:28 PM
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first thought would be slipping auxiliary/altenator belt...
 
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Old 04-08-2019, 05:40 PM
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Agree, sounds like a belt.
 
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Old 04-29-2019, 01:50 PM
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Update: They replaced the harmonic balancer pulley that had dry rotted and cracked. Unfortunately, that did not fix the problem and it returned today after a two-week hiatus. It seems to only happen when the car is moving / in gear, not in neutral. I think it may be clutch related. Great suggestion on isolating the noise, 02fanatic ! I also bought my car from Lauren and although they fixed this one error, they haven't solved the problem and I kind of feel like they sold me a certified car that they didn't actually certify.

More info to come.
 
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:04 PM
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Update: They replaced the harmonic balancer pulley that had dry rotted and cracked. Unfortunately, that did not fix the problem and it returned today after a two-week hiatus. It seems to only happen when the car is moving / in gear, not in neutral. I think it may be clutch related. Great suggestion on isolating the noise, 02fanatic ! I also bought my car from Lauren and although they fixed this one error, they haven't solved the problem and I kind of feel like they sold me a certified car that they didn't actually certify.

More info to come.

I had a pilot bearing in the clutch go bad once and it sound very similar to this. That might be something to check, although this would usually only make a noise when you press the clutch pedal in.

I understand your frustration, but most dealerships are not out to rack someone over the coals on a car. They probably did a proper inspection, but let's face it, used cars break. Sometimes just a day afterwards from a solid service. I know you probably feel pretty grumpy since you just got it, but I would recommend giving the dealer the benefit of the doubt - at least at first.
 
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