Question about 2003 Mini Cooper
A starter freeze-up would probably give forth much smoke from the wiring and the starter motor itself. You need a test light or meter to check for power at the starer solenoid. Check from ground (engine block) to the terminal that connects to the positive battery cable (should light). If nothing, check the battery terminals for corrosion (use a special battery cleaning brush from your auto parts store --cheap) and check the cables near the terminals for excess wire corrosion. Recheck for power at the solenoid again--it should now give light (meter read 12.6 volts). Try the starter again--if only hear a 'click', test at the starter motor terminal for power when the key is turned. If you get light, then the starter motor is defective (likely a bad brush or spring) and should be removed for repair or replacement. If you got no power at the starter terminal, then replace the solenoid. Hope this helps!
Posted on Oct 08, 2010
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