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Mini Cooper 2010 CEL P0012

Old 08-24-2017, 12:10 PM
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Hi everyone!

I can use some insight!

I have a 2010 mini cooper non turbo model.
4 cyl.

Last year a code popped up P0012 and try to replace the vanos solenoid sensor but the light didn't go away. I cleaned the crank sensor on top of the engine and somehow the code went away when I did that.

Now, forward a year late the same CEL Code came back.
I took all the vanos solenoid out cleaned them all. I cleaned the non-return check valve and cleaned both the crank sensor on top of the engine. I took off the valve cover and inspected the timing chain and it looked fine and snug. I didn't have the tools to check if timing was right but the chain felt snugged when I checked. So I am ruling out that is a timing chain issue. I started the car up and let it idle for about 15 min. Turn it off and turn it back on and the CEL went away.

Now, I am not sure which part was causing the issue.
My question is there a way to test vanos solenoid?

Thank you in an advance!

Last edited by gundamseed31; 08-24-2017 at 02:38 PM.
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