Hi all. I have recently had an incident with my 1994 spi 1.3i rover mini cooper. My mechanic hasn’t worked it out yet so thought I’d get advice from you lovely lot in the meantime.
So I was going about 70mph on the M23 and from no-where I started to lose revs/power. For a split second I thought “am I on a hill”, but I wasn’t. The speedometer dropped fast, so I pulled over. When I pressed the gas peddle it just gave like a guttural empty sound – no growling power revs like normal. It also wasn’t going anywhere, and eventually cut out all together, and would start up again.
I wanted to check it wasn’t the clutch that had gone, so with the engine off, I put it in first and raised the clutch to the bite point. It nudged forward a few times – so I know the clutch is fine.
I tried starting it again, but it wouldn’t do anything – not even turning over.
When the AA man turned up 40 minutes later, he started up beautifully and purred like a tiger!!! Very frustrating!!! We took him out for a spin and he drove…..but when I try to go fast I can feel there’s something not quiet right with the engine. It feels like a weird hollow gritty sound. He’s going, but doesn’t have the power he should.
The AA man said he 'thinks' it might be dirt in the fuel tank that 'maybe' pulled through....but he's still playing up.
Any ideas guys??