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#1 luismx123

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 01:28 PM

So I have a hazard warning light issue and MOT is in 3 weeks, so I got up early this morning, had a quick coffee and threw myself at the electrics. I am by no means skilled, but I can read the haynes manual and I called my brother to help me out (hes an electrician).

So we start around 9am, checking the hazard switches and cable, removing the dash and steering wheel column, checked all fuses and cables running in the engine bay etc. 3hrs later, its 12 noon and Im getting hungry. We finally found the flasher unit and saw that it was totally rusted and beaten up - so good for that, problem found - I hope. Just need to order one!

Now to the funny bit... Whilst going through all the cables etc, we found this funny looking stick. I looked like a miniature valve but made of plastic, with a metal ring towards the top. This "plug" was just stuck under the dash next to the steering wheel column, and we pulled it and had it laying outside the car as we thought it might just be a dash clip or w.e.... 

Fast forward, we started mounting everything, and then I go to start the car to get it back into the garage, and to make sure we didnt screw up anything. 1hr of panic "omg what did we do, did we rip a cable?" and checking for spark, nothing.... Just as I was gonna give up I had a thought "what if that plug is some sorta anti-theft switch" reached over to this plug thingy, stuck it back in... and then vroom.... the engine started.

 

Its now 3pm, Im making myself some breakfast and having a laugh at myself... 
Hope your saturdays are just as eventful!
Luis 

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#2 Bat

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 02:18 PM

Hi,

Never seen anything like that before!

Cheers  :proud:



#3 mk1leg

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:29 PM

at least you now know what it does Every Mini I have ever owned I fitted some sort of anti theft device Home made and only I know of this set up and every time I park up the mini I switch it on



#4 xrocketengineer

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 01:14 AM

Oh yeah! We used to have one of those in the Space Shuttle, you know, rough neighbourhood! :lol:



#5 harrythehat

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 06:17 AM

nice looking stick :shades:



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 07:32 AM

Who'd-a-thought,,,,,,



#7 luismx123

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 08:38 AM

Oh yeah! We used to have one of those in the Space Shuttle, you know, rough neighbourhood! :lol:

 you serious?! I spent the rest of yesterday googling that stick...couldnt find it. now even my previous owner knew about it ;D



#8 Ethel

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:41 AM

Looks like it could be part of summet like this

 

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Push-pull toggle switch.






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