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#1 Chris Donaldson

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 07:25 PM

My 2000 Cooper Sport won't start. The immobiliser is off, the battery is good but there is no clicking from the starter. I have a new starter solenoid sat in my garage so was going to change that as the most likely cause. Having never done one before I have a couple of questions.
1. I didn't really have much time to look but with a quick look I saw what I thought was the solenoid next to/part of the starter motor, if that right, if not where is it?
2. If it is part of the water motor then how big a job is it to remove and replace it? especially since I don't really tackle any technical jobs without someone more experienced helping me.
3. Do I need to remove the radiator or is there enough room to remove parts with the radiator in place?

Any help, ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated.

#2 nicklouse

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 08:29 PM

1 yes

2 remove wires (earth of the battery first) two bolts

3 you may need to move the rad for access.



#3 Wiggy

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 12:09 PM

If you take the entire starter off you will need to move the radiator. It's pretty simple. You need a torx bit and a 10mm spanner to undo the radiator top mounts,then lift and move to the right. 9/16 spanner for the starter bolts, I believe.

#4 Chris Donaldson

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 07:21 PM

Thanks guys. I'll give it a go on my next days off.

#5 cian

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:12 AM

I had a problem years ago with my solenoid I changed it and made little difference, ended up replacing the entire starter and that made the work of difference




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