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  1. Ah yes, the old 'tick-tick' electric lift-pumps. The Mini's was underneath the boot floor and you had to lie on the ground and kick it
  2. What model/year is it? On models where the switch is part of the tailgate lock mechanism it might be a problem with the wiring in the rubber boot between tailgate and body, as Matt said above, but I'd have thought that would also have exhibited other issues, such as problems with locking the car. Things were much simpler in the past, with just a basic press switch in the body for things like interior and boot lights. There's a lot of totally unnecessary complexity in modern cars IMHO.
  3. Maybe I'm misunderstanding about CANbus but I'd have thought a non-CANbus bulb would bring up an error indication but should still work.
  4. That sounds rather like a DMF issue. I have to admit I don't know the exact construction of the DMF but I wonder if something's broken and/or moved out of position and upset the balance.
  5. Wouldn't that throw up an EML and a DTC?
  6. Agree with Stef. Since you said the smoke smells heavily of fuel it sound like it's overfuelling. There are several potential causes for that but, as I said earlier, I would have expected most of them to flag a DTC. Any competent garage should be easily able to pin down the cause.
  7. That's what was bothering me. The pump pressurises the fuel rail and a pressure relief valve returns excess fuel to the tank so I don't see how the pump could possibly "put in too much fuel" unless it was putting in so much that the relief valve couldn't cope, which seems highly unlikely. The engine could, in theory, flood if it was turning over but not firing as fuel would keep being injected. It could also flood if too much fuel was being injected because the relief valve was defective causing the fuel rail pressure to be too high but in that case I'd expect it to flag up a DTC. Neither of those situations would involve the fuel pump, though.
  8. Going back to the first post I can't quite see how a fuel pump issue would cause flooding and prevent the car from starting. That sounds to me like a bit of blagging on the part of the garage but I'm willing to be corrected. Also I don't believe failure or contamination of the CAT could produce the smoke you're seeing.
  9. Had this problem on our old Mk1.5 too. Both speed sensor and cluster were changed under warranty but didn't fix it. It was eventually found to be the VSS cable chafing on the gearchange linkage.
  10. Funny, I thought they built boats!
  11. A company like Chips-Away (others are available) should be able to repair just the affected area and blend it in for rather less pennies. Edit: Jason just beat me to it
  12. It's happened again, but I think (hope) it's because Andy quoted Quint's post which had already incorrectly attributed me.
  13. Must just point out that isn't a quote of anything I've said.
  14. This is true for ordinary filament lamps but halogen lamps are designed to redeposit the evaporated tungsten onto the filament, see here.
  15. You must have girls hands I've never managed it without removing the headlamp.