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I broke down tonight! Well, kind of. I drove through a section of deep water this afternoon. Not stupid deep.....I watched a wee Ford Connect van go through it before I attempted it. Dried off my brakes and carried on my merry way. Got to my destination about 4 miles later. Five hours later, got back in the car, started her up and I couldn't get a gear, any gear! WTF. Engine off, clutch in, gears there. Engine back on....NOTHING. I was seconds away from phoning the MINI hotline number (the 0870 one....I assume that's the rescue one), when my dad suggested a wee bump start, in gear. Found a gear ok that way and managed to get home no bother. The only thing I can think of is the water short circuited something? Steve wondered if something physically was getting in the way, like a branch, but that wouldn't explain how it could select when engine off. Anyone else encountered anything similar?? Should I report it to dealer?
 

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Am I right in thinking with the engine running or not, you could actually move the gear lever to the correct position to select a gear, but when the clutch was released there was no drive?
It seems the gears were being selected by the lever OK, but no drive was being transmitted on clutch release.

If you are not happy though, go back to Mr Mini (again)

(Note to self...keep out of deep water in Mini...)
Engine running, gears couldn't be selected. Engine off, clutch in, gears could be selected.

Hence why we put it in gear then started the engine.

Going to email my service manager this morning with my concern. Car was perfect again this morning though.

I am concerned about them being in changing bearings then the cone selector thing ('cos it started jumpin gout of first) ....too much of a co-incidence for me...I do wonder if water got in somewhere.

I went through deep standing water on Thursday and Friday too but that was early in the journey and travelled a further 15+ miles before stopping with no adverse effects. Yesterday was only 5 minutes before I reached my destination - I wonder if water dribbled in somewhere???

I know not to travel through water I think is too deep. But having driven DIESEL Peugeots for 15 years prior to MINI, it made me think it might be a petrol and/or MINI 'thing'??
 

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I emailed my Service Manager earlier - so much easier than to try and get him on the phone - and he phoned right back.

We discussed it and he thinks some water must have got the gear housing even though it wasn't deep enough to get into the engine/air intakes. Being at the end of the journey meant the car hadn't time to get rid of the water with the heat of the engine etc. He's logged it and just told me to keep an eye on things and be mindful of deep(ish) water. So hopefully a one-off.

So bear that in mind everyone :)
 
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That's the train of thought I had Sunbar. Like you (and my Service manager said) hopefully a one-off and nothing to worry about. But something to be mindful of!
 
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