INTERMITTENT IDLE PROBLEM
I have a 2007 mini cooper (non-turbo version). I'm having an intermittent idle problem. It has only occurred four times in 4.5 months of owning the car. When the problem does occur it is usually on a day when I'm running lots of errands and on my third or fourth stop in several short trips. When I start the car the idle goes wild oscillating between 400 and 1000 rpm like it doesn't know where to idle. The car can be driven and has normal power, you just have to keep the idle up manually with your foot. Of course it will cut off when coming to a stop using the clutch and brake. Cutting the car off, removing the key fob (killing power to the engine) and restarting the car clears the problem. In every instance the next time the car was started, sometimes within a couple of minutes the car was fine and acted like nothing was ever wrong. In all instances the computer did not record any fault codes for diagnoses. Also I usually drive with the ac off. I'm at my wits end with this as of course it won't repeat with the dealer. He kept it a week driving it daily and nothing happened. They seem reluctant to diagnose the problem based on the description and replace most likely parts. Their answer was to drive it to failure. Any advice you have would be appreciated.
September 12, 2007.
September 12, 2007.
Check out the related content below while we wait for the question to be answered by a professional mechanic.
1998 Ford Mustang : I recently took my Mustang GT into a Ford service center for a slipping clutch. They told me that I have a self-adjusting clutch and that the clutch assembly needed ...
1 answer • 1998 Ford Mustang
1995 Nissan Maxima SE. Clutch began slipping about a week ago, then 'broke' loose and went to the floor as I was downshifting from 5th to 4th. Kabam! all the way to the floor and no ...
3 answers • 1995 Nissan Maxima • 270,000 miles
My car has been revving up even while in 5th gear and running on unusually high rpm's when any gas is applied, and it has had a burning brake smell if I drove it very far. Recently,the ...
2 answers • 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer • 130,000 miles