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I have an 04 mini cooper, every 3 months it decides to throw out its water and over heats, it only over heats when sat in traffic, can anybody please tell me what it could be? have taken it to the garage and they said they couldn't find a problem and bring it back next time it happens :((

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If the fault is occcuring only when in traffic, that is when it is idling with no free flow of air to the radiator to cool off, then the suspect can be the radiator itself.
If some of the radiator pipes are blocked then this can be possible.
So do a good flushing of the radiator when a little warm flush out use coolant and flush after few days, if rust is seen repeat till all the rust is over.

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

  • staneagles Jan 22, 2011

    I have lost the skid plate on the underside of my mini. If the car idles for any length of time it over heats. I took the car to the garage and with the plate missing dirt, etc is getting caught in the rad. The garage cleaned the rad and the car operates as intended. I still need to purchase a replacement skid plate. I hope that this helps

  • Donald DCruz
    Donald DCruz Jan 24, 2011

    You might need to get in touch with nearest spare part store near to your place. Try a goggle search for -mini spares .Or else try the second hand store/scrap yard.

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