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Old 03-29-2018, 10:15 AM
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Hello from Maryland!

Hey all, I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm brand new to the Mini world, but so far I'm loving it. I picked it up as my "commuter" car, since I drive a big ol' pickup truck. In reality, I've always wanted a Mini, ever since they came to the US, and I finally got the chance to own one! I picked up a 2007 Cooper S a few weeks back, and I'm already looking at some minor mods. First ones on the list are a cravenspeed short shifter, and preventative maintenance (got to keep it running!). from there, we'll see. the options are endless.
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Old 03-29-2018, 03:29 PM
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Welcome to NAM, thanks for taking the time to get involved. Any pictures??????

Also, you are aware of the N14 engine and the timing chain guide?
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Welcome JayDee. Another Marylander. . Frederick County here - 06 MCS.
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Welcome the forum and MINI ownership. There are some great roads in northern Harford County, but if you get tired of the local roads, there are more curves and less traffic and fewer police north of the boarder.
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Hi and welcome to NAM!
To back up Whine not Walnuts post, The timing chain guides are plastic and fail. You don't want this to happen, or your fun will be over. The plastic guides get hard over time and break up, causing the valves and pistons to meet up and that is not a good thing!
Also, make sure to change the oil with full synthetic and often, like every 5000 miles!

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Welcome to NAM, thanks for taking the time to get involved. Any pictures??????

Also, you are aware of the N14 engine and the timing chain guide?
Thanks! As for the timing chain guide issues and Iím looking into replacing them soon just to be safe. Is it a pretty straight forward replacement process? Is there anything I should replace while Iím in there?
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Hu and welcome to NAM!
To back up Whine not Walnuts post, The timing chain guides are plastic and fail. You don't want this to happen, or your fun will be over. The plastic guides get hard over time and break up, causing the valves and pistons to meet up and that is not a good thing!
Also, make sure to chang the oil with full synthetic and often, like every 5000 miles!
thanks for the heads up! It looks like Iíll be replacing these before I start with the fun mods. Any recommendations on brands for the guard rails? And sites to order through?
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Welcome JayDee. Another Marylander. . Frederick County here - 06 MCS.
great!! Glad to see Mini folks in the same neck of the woods! Let me know if youíre ever at any car shows, maybe all the locals can meet up.
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Welcome the forum and MINI ownership. There are some great roads in northern Harford County, but if you get tired of the local roads, there are more curves and less traffic and fewer police north of the boarder.
thanks! Iím in Harford County, which is full of back country roads, so Iím having a blast. If I get bored, Iíll head your way!
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Welcome to the neighborhood. My first Mini was a '07 MCS too. You can buy the whole timing cassette rebuild kit from your, or any Mini dealer. just look for the best deal. You can also get the dealer to check the play in your timing chain. If you still have the original tensioner and depending on the miles, they may replace it all on their dime. They did for me when I had 120K miles on the car. There's info on here somewhere about a class action lawsuit about timing chain issues.
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Welcome.

Loads of information here, look around, post a few pics, leave a story.

Also local help and activities can be found with:

https://www.meetup.com/Central-Maryland-MINI-Motorists/

and

https://www.meetup.com/CarlisleMINI/

Motor On!
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Welcome to the neighborhood. My first Mini was a '07 MCS too. You can buy the whole timing cassette rebuild kit from your, or any Mini dealer. just look for the best deal. You can also get the dealer to check the play in your timing chain. If you still have the original tensioner and depending on the miles, they may replace it all on their dime. They did for me when I had 120K miles on the car. There's info on here somewhere about a class action lawsuit about timing chain issues.
Thanks for the info! I stopped by the local Mini Dealership, and had them pull up all past records on my Mini, and found out the timing chain and all components were all replaced at 72K! I have 114K now, so it looks like I'm good for a little while. I'm still going to check the play in it, but it's good to know that I don't have to start ripping my engine apart... yet. Thanks again for the info.
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