Hi guys, if anyone is willing to help me out here I will ecstatic.
I have been starting to dig into this community and get familiar with these cars, but i'm not very far along. I imported an 89 Mini from Japan. Picked it up from the Port yesterday and it ran like a champ for the whole 200 mile drive home. Then today I'm letting it Idle talking to someone, and all the sudden it starts sputtering and abruptly dies. I tried to get it started again and have had no luck. Since it sputtered and killed over I thought maybe it ran out of gas and my gauge was wrong so I put 2 gallons in it, that wasn't it.
I am new to Mini's but not cars. Here is what I have learned today after about 10 hrs. I pulled the spark plugs and cranked the motor, they are all generating a spark and seem to be working correctly. I was worried about the motor so I ran a compression test. All cylinders are between 130-150 PSI. That seems normal to me, but i'm a novice on the 12A. I figured that if I had spark and good compression, it has to be fuel. I found a small fuel pump under the left rear wheel. It does turn on with power and pump fuel, although very low pressure. On a carburated car is that all it needs? it will spew fuel out of the line but like a weak drinking fountain. If I pinch the fuel line it will strain and sort of stop trying, is that normal?
I figured since the fuel pump was working something had to be wrong with the Carb. I have an HIF38. I took it off, took the whole thing apart and cleaned it. everything looks clean and in order and moves freely as it should. I put everything back together and it still won't start! It doesn't even try to kick over, just continually cranks.
Guys I am at a total loss here and very sad that this car that I've had for 2 days has quit on me. Anyone with a lot knowledge willing to help me out or have any other ideas i should check? Thanks!