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Essential Tools for MINIs

If you want to work on your MINI yourself, here is a list of essentials beyond the basic hand tools. Remember, the more money you spend on tools, the more you can save by doing maintenance yourself!

General tools:
- The Bentley service manual
- A code reader that will read BMW/MINI codes
- A good metric socket set with 3/8" and 1/2" ratchet handles and extensions
- Metric end wrench set
- Torque wrench
- Metric hex key set
- Torx bits or drivers T20, T25, T27, T30 (many fasteners on the MINI, especially interior, require Torx bits)
- A good floor jack and a set of jack stands

Engine basics:
- 14mm thin wall spark plug socket (you won't get your spark plugs out without this!)
- 8mm hex bit for oil drain plug
- 27mm socket (for the oil filter cap on the N18 engine)
- Oil drain pan
- Funnel for filling oil

- Brake caliper piston retraction/windback tool (necessary when changing rear brake pads)
- Torx T47 bit (for brake rotor retention screw)
- A can of brake cleaner
- Brake pressure bleeder (not required, but makes DIY brake bleeding quick and easy)
- Lisle #29100 brake pad spreader (for the JCW or other 4 piston front calipers - not required, but makes it so easy)

- 24" breaker bar with 1/2" drive (not required, but useful for loosening wheel lug bolts and other high torque fasteners)
- External Torx sockets
- T handle hex drivers
- Serpentine belt tensioner tool (makes changing the serpentine belt super easy)
- Tesa 51026 Heat Proof Engine Compartment Wiring Tape (for keeping things tidy under the hood. Available on Amazon)

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