Good Day All
I have a few questions that I am hoping some of you with more detailed knowledge of Minis can help me out with.
I recently picked up an SPI Mini and am working my way through a few little bugs, some being some small electrical gremlins and also trying to determine what a few modifications were performed for and if they were correctly done.
I did purchase a reprinted SPI manual so that I could try and help myself as much as possible.
1st off, fuses.
There are 6 in-line fuses under the bonnet behind the air cleaner housing. The blinkers, horn and interior lights worked find up until this weekend. I went into my handy dandy manual and found that this could be due to a bad fuse. I checked it out and all fuses are good, but when messing around, it could get the horn to work a bit and then it would go away. I am fairly certain that there is either a short in the wiring or a bad fuse holder. Attached is a photo of the Fuse Holders (It may be below if I inserted it correctly)
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What have you all done to upgrade these. I have gone over a few options and wondering if anyone has experience
Option 1: Replace all of the fuse holders with a blade style fuse holder such at attached. I am aware that the fuses are rated differently and would most likely need 5 and 7.5 amp rated blade fuses to replace the 10 and 15 amp glass fuses
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Option 2: Replace each inline fuse holder with a crimp in place fuse holder such as this. My concern is that this does not have a weather cover over it.
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Option 3: Stick with glass fuse holders and replace them with a more dependable version such as this.
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Moving onto the coolant lines. The previous owner removed the heating system. They removed the heater core box from in the cabin, removed the control cable and the valve...so essentially, all heater related parts. There are 2 hoses on the engine that are cut and plugged. I did not find a diagram of these in the manual. It is ok for these to be plugged? Should they be in a loop?
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Last but not least, the secondary cooling fan, on the fender side of the radiator has been wired to a switch. Should this have not been wired to a thermostat and relay of some sort? Can I just leave this on a switch and if so, when should it be on?
Thanks in advance for any help and guidance.