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Hi everyone,

I have a 2018 F55 Mini Cooper with the 7 speed DCT transmission... ever since we purchased this car, whenever we park on a slight slope (front of car facing downhill) we return to the loudest clunking noise / bang when we go to shift the car into reverse so we can leave our house.

In case you were wondering, when I park the car, i have my foot on the brake, i push the "P" button to engage "Park" and lift the hand brake, then slowly release my foot off the brake pedal. Most times the car does not roll forward, occasionally it may move forward ever so slightly.

Regardless, when I return to the car and shift the transmission into "Reverse", I am greeted by a loud bang and it scares me every time.

So much so, that I now avoid parking on slopes. Which as you can imagine is really inconvenient.

It has been checked by our Mini garage and no faults found and I have read many so called "tricks" online where people suggest you engage the hand brake first, and then switch to neutral, release the brake, and then press the brake again and shift to "P" - but this still does not change the loud clunk we experience.

Has anyone else experienced the same problem? and if so, what was the solution? or is this something you need to live with when you have a DCT?

Thanks,

Tol
 

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Hi,

In the past I found a slightly different procedure from a Subaru owner´s manual, that I have found works best for any type of transmission.

1. Foot on brake pedal with car completely stopped.
2. Select Neutral N
3. Lift hand brake
4. Release foot brake, this will allow hand brake to hold the car
5. Select park P

I own a 2019 mini cooper also DCT but never park in a slope, I have never had a big noise selecting Drive or Reverse after park, but sometimes just a slight movement vibration, never a loud bang.

Hope it helps!
 

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Hi,

In the past I found a slightly different procedure from a Subaru owner´s manual, that I have found works best for any type of transmission.

1. Foot on brake pedal with car completely stopped.
2. Select Neutral N
3. Lift hand brake
4. Release foot brake, this will allow hand brake to hold the car
5. Select park P

I own a 2019 mini cooper also DCT but never park in a slope, I have never had a big noise selecting Drive or Reverse after park, but sometimes just a slight movement vibration, never a loud bang.

Hope it helps!
This has been my standard operating procedure with every car I've owned, automatic or manual, since I started driving. Just seemed logical to me to let the car settle on the parking brake before engaging park (or a forward gear, if manual).
 
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