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Most wont back fire if they do not crank or tun over at all. Most that back fire have an electrical or mechanical timing problem or failure, and intake valve leaking by (mechanical timing problem or failure), or if running and back fire on deceleration could have a exhaust leak. Do you have a check engine light and if so what are the codes? does the engine crank/turn over at all?
is it 4 or 6 cylinder? RWD or 4WD auto or manual trans? there are different single failures that that can cause both of your symptoms or you may have more than one problem, depending on your configuration. If you need this diagnosed and would like a free loaner vehicle while your is being repaired call Theresa 757-456-0722 Monday after 0730
ON − VEHICLE INSPECTION MEASURE RESISTANCE OF AIR FLOW METER (a) Disconnect the connector from the air flow meter. (b) Using an ohmmeter, measure the resistance between each terminal. AIR INDUCTION SYSTEM Air Flow Meter If not within specification, replace the air flow meter
We use a coolant system pressure tester so as to find leaks when it is not running. We also put vehicle on a lift so can view from below when system is pressurized. We also pressure test the the system cap. We have a digital borescope available to look hard to find spots as well. Hope this helps. If you do not have or can not get these items to test your vehicle and would like us to do it, please call Theresa at 757-456-0722 we can diagnose, repair and have free loaner vehicles available while we repair yours.
you can try to go through the window gap with long tools such as a big easy lock out tool or a long reach serpentine belt tool. Some times we also use a tiny light on a long bendable wand or a digital borescope to better see lock latch assembly inside of the door. Worst case I have seen where inside door panel has been removed with door shut (often damaging it) or panel cut for better access.
Need to inspect/diagnose problem. Many things such ad caliper piston or slide, brake hose internally collapse or even a ABS or proportioning valve issue occasionally can cause a lock up. If you are not equipped to check and diagnose the ABS/brake system we are and have both GM factory scanners and FREE Loaner cars call Theresa 757-456-0722
do you have any other codes or warning lights? has battery lost charge recently or any repairs been done
What do you mean by lid? and gasket for what, there are many gaskets
remove wet air filter, throttle body inlet boot/tube and spark plugs and slowly by hand with socket and large ratchet or breaker bar, then after rotated at least twice by hand, crank engine for about 30 second with spark plugs out until no water seen coming out spark plug holes. If you did not run through water then you must diagnose and repair source of water such leaking intake, intake or head gasket. If you need help diagnosing and repairing and would like a FREE LOANER car, van or SUV please call Roy or David at 757-456-0722
Most should last longer than 6-7 years and especially longer than 1 year unless there is something else causing it to fail such as over pressurization or improperly mounted or foreign object impact/chaffing. I checked and no current TSBs nor are there any common/frequently reported problems on evaporators on 2006 Mini Cooper S ( I am a inspector for insurance/warranty companies and in the BMW/Mini dealers all the time and to the best of my knowledge not a frequent common failure, as well as any competent shop would have at least a 2 year warranty on most of their repairs. Is car in Bahrain or you or both? If car is here in Virginia Beach and you would like a FREE Loaner vehicle while being diagnosed and repaired, please call ASE Blue Seal Certified CarMasters 757-456-0722 for Roy or Jim RET USN, ASE Master Automotive and Master Collision, ASE Advance Performance, ASE Service Consultant & Parts Specialist, ASE Collision estimator, ASE Undercar Specialist, ASE Light Diesel, ASE Medium/Heavy Truck technician, Virginia State Police Vehicle Safety Inspector and VA courts accepted expert witness for national corporations.