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MINI Cooper Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse in a 3rd generation 2014 to 2020 MINI Cooper.

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2019 MINI Passenger Seat
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Glove Box
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Open Glove Box - Empty
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 3rd generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) MINI Cooper in checking or changing a faulty "blown" fuse located on the main electrical panel inside the glove box.

Owners of other MINI models or some smaller BMW vehicles such as the Cooper S, "JCW" John Cooper Works, Convertible, Hatch, Clubman, One, One First, One D, Coupe, Roadster, Countryman, Paceman, 3 Series, 318i, 328i, 320i, 323i, 325i, 330i, 340i, 230i, M240i, M2, M3, M4, i3, 228i, 230i, 128i, 135i, Z3, Z4 and Z8 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The third generation MINI Cooper is equipped with standard mini blade electrical fuses that can be purchased at any auto parts store, at Walmart or online at Amazon.



 

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Plastic Access Cover
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Push Down Release Tab
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Fuse Location Diagram
The first two steps are to open the glove box and empty out the contents.

There is a rectangular shaped plastic access cover in the back of the glove box.

Gently pull down the tab to release the retaining clip.

Swing open the cover and remove the two tabs at the bottom of the cover.

There is a fuse location diagram on the back side of the access panel and also another diagram in your owner's manual.

Set the cover aside in a safe place.

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Main Electrical Panel
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Red Plastic Fuse Puller
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Pull Out Old Fuse
Once the cover is out of the way, you'll be able to see the electrical fuse block.

There is a red plastic fuse puller tool located on the right side of the electrical panel.

Pull the tool off the panel.

Squeeze the end of the tool to open the jaws.

Place the jaws of the tool over the fuse you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.



 

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Hold Up To Light Bulb
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Push In Mini Blade Fuse
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Needle Nose Pliers
To check the condition of the old fuse, hold it up to a light bulb.

If the thin metal strip or "band" in the translucent plastic center of the old fuse appears to be burnt or broken, the fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced.

If the thin metal bar in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is probably still good.

Since new fuses are so inexpensive, the fuse should still be replaced as part of your electrical problem troubleshooting process.

Push a new standard mini blade electrical fuse of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5A, 10A, 15A, 20 Amps) straight into the socket.

I had trouble reaching the electrical panel to install the new fuse with the fuse puller tool or just my fingers.

I found it easiest to use a pair of needle nose pliers to install the new fuse.

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New Fuse Installed
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Replace Fuse Puller Tool
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Red Tool Replaced
Replace the fuse puller tool on to the electrical panel.

If you would like to add a hardwire 12V power source for an automotive accessory such as a radar detector, dash camera (dashcam), gauge, Lyft / Uber sign or a GPS navigation system, you can install an Add-A-Circuit fuse holder (also known as a piggy-back or fuse tap).

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Line Up Access Panel
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Push To Secure Clip
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Close Glove Box
Line up the plastic access cover with the opening in the back of the glove box.

Re-insert the two tabs at the bottom of the panel into the opening.

Then close the top of the cover and push on it to secure the retaining clip.

You should hear or feel the retaining clip "click" securely into place.

Replace the contents of the glove box and close it to complete the job.

Test the electrical component that you were having issues with such as the windshield wipers, radio, horn, power driver's seat, tail lights, A/C system, headlights, interior lights, etc.

If you are still having the same problem, there might be a shorted out wire or the electrical component itself needs to be replaced.

Be sure to record the fuse change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out all of my MINI Cooper DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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