Clutch or Gearbox blown!!???

Clutch or Gearbox blown!!???

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smuudge

Original Poster:

170 posts

209 months

Friday 21st April 2006
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Hi, just posting on behalf of a friend that has the first generation Cooper (2001).

Yesterday evening he was doing a 3point turn, in reverse the car suddently jolted back and stalled, with a smell of burnt (clutch?) oil....the car now wont start, cant get it in or out of gear and when you turn the key it just clicks...

We have had a suspicion the cluth was on its way out so does this sound like a possibilty, or maybe gearbox??

And can anyone recommend a good 'new' mini specialist in Kent that will be cheaper than BM for the repair....

Thanks!
Ben

GreenV8S

29,062 posts

255 months

Friday 21st April 2006
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Sounds like the gearbox has seized. Does the clutch still work i.e. can you turn the engine over with the clutch down (hopefully yes) and will the vehicle roll with the clutch down (probably no)?

smuudge

Original Poster:

170 posts

209 months

Friday 21st April 2006
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Hi, thanks for the post.

No the car will not turn over with the clutch down but will roll freely with the clutch down!

Thanks
Ben

GreenV8S

29,062 posts

255 months

Friday 21st April 2006
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Rolling with the clutch down suggests that the gearbox output shaft is free to turn but the crank isn't. The clutch is on the crankshaft with drop gears down to the 'box, so if the engine won't turn over with the clutch down it suggests that either the drop gears / gearbox input shaft have seized *and* the clutch won't release, or some part of the clutch mechanism has failed and jammed on something. If you've already had clutch problems that points to the second option, but it's strange that you can't get it out of gear. As far as I can see the only way to resolve this is to take the unit out and strip it down until you find the problem. I expect it'll be pretty obvious as soon as you get in there.