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  • About MiniToBe
    Simply put, Mini lover.
    Philadelphia PA
    Rebuilding Minis!
    Country of Residence


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  • Last Activity: Today 06:17 AM
  • Join Date: 01-02-2015


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  1. 06-10-2019 12:04 PM
    Hey MiniToBe,

    Thanks again for all the support through this process of coding the car. Your knowledge in minis and coding of these little beasts is invaluable. Thank you for following up by teaching me and for walking me in this learning process in which I am now. Thanks again bro.
  2. 06-10-2019 10:40 AM
    Just wanted to say thank you again for helping me out of the sticky situation with the coding. I don't think at this point i would have been able to have figured it out by myself. Car is Back to running great and being able to see all the gauges. Next stop, to see why it keeps burning up spark plugs so fast. ( 2000 miles and they are toast.) But thats for another day.
  3. J Free
    01-06-2019 08:10 AM
    Sorry to not get back sooner-haven't been here much. I think I'm at the point I probably just want to sell as is. If the weather was nice I'd be more inclined to pop the head and try to do something. I don't really want to have it sit around here not getting used. Would you have any interest?
  4. J Free
    01-03-2019 08:13 AM
    Hi MTB,

    We had talked a while ago about my head issues with my car. I'm trying to figure out what to do with it now. I had received an offer for $2K as is. I sort of feel like I could part it out for more than that, although it's so nice otherwise I'd kind of hate to. Would you be interested in it? Would you want to take it on as a project-I have no idea what it would cost? My mechanic feels unless I'm going to keep it, it doesn't make sense to put more money in it. I'm pretty in the hole with this car.

    any thoughts appreciated,
  5. hockeydad51
    12-15-2018 09:09 AM
    Figured I'd PM you since you seem to help everyone So I replaced the valve cover and as you know the ground broke. I didn't notice the it, started the car, idle'd for about 3 - 4 minutes back it out and it died. So I fixed the ground and reset the check engine light. Car cranks but not start. Now I'm getting a P0697. I also notice when I put the key in it shows me a key symbol in the display. I'm hoping the faulty ground didn't screw my ECM. The scan tool does read the codes still so I'm assuming that's good.

    Do you have any suggestions? Time for a mechanic or something that you be'd willing to work on?
  6. 09-05-2018 01:51 PM
    Hi MiniToBe

    I saw your name referred for advise on engine rebuilds.
    My R53 engine is toast. I haven't totally ripped it apart, but it looks like the piston rings are gone on Cyl#2 Engine oil is boiling, no compression on Cyl#2
    I'm thinking of rebuilding the engine. You happen to know how much it will cost if I have a shop do it. I was thinking of going with reinforced pistons, connecting road and a big valve head.

    Thanks for any information you could provide.
  7. 11-17-2017 01:25 PM
    Hello MTB,
    After purposefully inspecting the wiring harness on my R57 that runs best when intake cam sensor is unplugged, I’m pretty certain the harness is not the issue.
    Again, with intake sensor plugged in and at intial start, runs and idles/revs fine 20-30 minutes. Moving the car, running in gear, runs like crap. Likewise, after shutting down and restarting and being plugged back in, idles and revs fine as above after start. If then shutoff and restarted, runs great for 2-3 min then runs like crap until intake cam sensor is unplugged.
    I guess I need to buy a used computer and have it flashed?
    You mentioned a Comp Tech, could yougive me an idea how this works/ cost etc. I’m old school and use to just replacing burnt out capacitors or buying test good used computers that were plug n play. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
    [email protected]
  8. 12-27-2016 08:41 AM
    Hi MiniToBe,

    I've been lurking in the forum for awhile and you seem to be very knowledgeable with N14 engines.

    I have 2009 Cooper S at 107k miles, with 9 psi compression in cyl #3. Other cylinders show ok compression. Apparently burnt valve in #3 (I hope). Dealer did diagnostics and told me it's $12k for new engine. I rolled out of the shop laughing. Other than sounding like Triumph motorcycle, it actually still runs relatively well with the rest of it.

    Anyway, I've planned to pull off the cylinder head to evaluate the damage and to see if pistons are still ok. Any thoughts on whether I should buy remanufactured head with new valves (I've seen them priced between $1200 - $1500 online) or send this head off to somewhere to be rebuilt?

    What else I should be looking to replace while "there"? Any pro tips what to take into account before beginning to do this? I've seen various combinations of "gasket kits" online and I'm a bit confused which ones I really need.

  9. 08-09-2016 08:19 AM
    Would you be interested in taking on the repair if I was to get the car to you? Just curious!
  10. 07-12-2016 07:50 AM
    They shipped out the FRM. I hope I get it by this weekend. If not then I suppose I will need to wait another week. I can surely still use your help once I install it. I have all the apps needed but I still don't know how to use them well.
    Not sure how to update the SP-Daten still or how to even change the VO on the module I get.

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