Shut off while driving and will not start?

Tiny
ROBERT COLLINS
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  • 2010 MINI COOPER
  • 1.6L
  • 4 CYL
  • TURBO
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 185,000 MILES
I was driving my car a few months back from the store and as I was driving it just shut off and then the speed thermometer started going down. I tried to press the gas and it wouldn’t go anywhere and when I tried to start it just made a whining noise.
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Monday, August 8th, 2022 AT 11:07 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

This can be the result of a few things. It could be fuel-related, ignition related, or a timing issue. First, if it is possible, record it cranking and upload it for me to hear. I can usually tell if it is a timing-related issue. Also, I can tell if it is a starter issue.

Next, see if it will start with starting fluid. If it does and then stalls, we know it's fuel related. I realize you replaced the fuel pump, but it could be related to the injectors.

If there is no change whatsoever, confirm there is spark to the plugs.

Here is a link that shows how to check:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-for-ignition-spark

Try this so we can narrow things down and let me know what you find. Also, if you could record it cranking, that may prove very helpful.

Take care and let me know if you have other questions.

Joe

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 AT 12:16 AM
Tiny
STEPHANIE HEWARD
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That s the sound it s making.
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Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 AT 12:22 AM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

Listening to that doesn't indicate a timing issue. Have you tried the other things I suggested?

Let me know.

Joe
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Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 AT 7:03 PM

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