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My 2013 mini s spoiler is stuck up, i only tried washing it,

Customer Question

My 2013 mini cooper s spoiler is stuck up
JA: Are you fixing your MINI yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: i only tried washing it
JA: Anything else you want the Mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: whatever i do my spoiler keeps on going up, then when it goes up an alarm starts in my car. i tried manually putting it down but when i goes back up the alarm starts.
JA: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?
Customer: yes they turn on
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Car
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
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Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Let me know if you need more information, or send me the service offer(s) so we can proceed.
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Hi, How are you?
I'm Shabaz, one of the automotive experts, I'm sorry you're experiencing problems with your car, I will do my best to help you today.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Hello shabaz
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

I would advise you to check the wiring which runs between the boot and car body, it is in a rubber sleeve near the hinges. The wires in this sleeve are prone to breaking.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Do you have a picture of the wire?
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Please see the attached picture, it may be different on your car but you will have something very similiar going between the boot lid and car body.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Should i dissconnect the wires or should i reconnect?
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
File attached (V7TG1LS)
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
this is how my car looks from the back.
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Pull the rubber sleeve grommet off from both sides and look for any frayed or broken wires. If any broken wires are found, they need to be repaired properly.

Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Open the boot lid and take a picture.

Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Is it a hatchback?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
its a coupe
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Ok. The rubber sleeve is still in the same place as the hatchback.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
how do i pull the rubber
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
i feel like it will get ripped out of its place
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
File attached (MV5GZ16)
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

If it's made from rubber, get your finger behind where the arrow is pointing, pinch it and slowly pull on it.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
i just checked the wires and they are all good.
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Did you remove the grommet from both sides?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
i did
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

In that case, the boot trim will need to be removed and the motor+position sensor needs to be tested. Does the spoiler move freely without any noise/grinding?

If the components are fine, you will have to get the spoiler reset because it may have lost its calibration/position.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
how can i reset it?
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

This can only be done by the main dealer or mini specialist because it has to be connected to their diagnostic tool.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
can they still fix it if its still not under warranty?
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
i am in dubai and i have an imported car.
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Yes they can but you will have to pay for repairs. Is there no BMW garage in dubai or even a BMW specialist?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
why bmw?
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

MINI is owned by BMW. In UK, BMW garages repair MINI cars.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
alright.
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
is there any way i can fix it by myself?
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

I can only advise what you can do to test certain components. Does the spoiler extend out itself and stay there?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

When you removed the sleeve, was there a brown wire amongst the bunch of wires?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
a black one yes
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Was there no brown wire? This is for the sensor on the motor. I would advise removing the boot lid trim from the inside so you can get a good look at the wires going out from the boot lid and also test the resistance of the motor.

Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

If you need help to remove anything to gain access, you can message on here with pictures and I will do my best to help you.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
File attached (P5L5S15)
Expert:  CarDoc replied 18 days ago.

Slightly pull on the brown wires, make sure they're not just hanging loose in there.