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07-03-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,432
Posted By RockC

Where octane can affect injectors, etc., is...

Where octane can affect injectors, etc., is premium fuel generally has more detergents and thus this tends to keep injectors cleaner along with other surfaces exposed to the combustion gases.

The...
07-02-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,432
Posted By RockC

The car's owners manual should state the minimum...

The car's owners manual should state the minimum grade of octane to use and probably the preferred grade. Something along the lines of: "Do not use E-85 flex fuel or ethanol blends greater than
15%...
06-24-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 897
Posted By RockC

That appears more severe than just some metal got...

That appears more severe than just some metal got scraped off the block.

I'm not familiar with the Mini engine block. For an engine rebuild I prefer to start with a block with no issues other than...
06-13-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By RockC

A problem is one isn't guaranteed braking will be...

A problem is one isn't guaranteed braking will be normal for a hundred or so miles. In one case I washed my VW Golf TDI and didn't bother to drive the car after to dry the brakes. The next time I...
06-12-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By RockC

Years ago when I looked into driving north...

Years ago when I looked into driving north through Canada then into Alaska and continuing north as far as I could go -- first thinking of taking my Boxster then decided to take my VW Golf TDI, the...
06-09-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,033
Posted By RockC

As AZdsrt said or the light is not a CEL but a...

As AZdsrt said or the light is not a CEL but a service engine or service something light.

My experience is a code reader even if it encounters a manufacturer specific error code can decode it and...
Forum: JCW Garage
05-28-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 13,331
Posted By RockC

My 2018 JCW is not real confidence inspiring when...

My 2018 JCW is not real confidence inspiring when pushed real hard. I have the driving mode set to mid mode, between Green (blech!) and Sport. I have tried Sport but I don't notice any real...
05-20-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By RockC

Some years ago when I had to have my Boxster...

Some years ago when I had to have my Boxster windshield replaced I called various dealers in the general area and those few that would talk about this told me they just farmed the work out to...
05-13-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 550
Posted By RockC

Possibly. A number of car engines won't/can't...

Possibly. A number of car engines won't/can't pull as many RPMs in top gear (say 6th gear) as they can in the next lower gear (5th gear). While gearing is lower and the theoretical top speed is lower...
05-07-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 394
Posted By RockC

P327E: The 'P' is power train. P32XX codes are...

P327E: The 'P' is power train. P32XX codes are manufacturer controlled DTCs. You need access to a Mini OBD2 reference to know what error is associated with this code.

C0509: The 'C' refers to...
Forum: JCW Garage
04-24-2019, 06:08 PM
Replies: 19
JCW Advice
Views: 1,173
Posted By RockC

My 2018 JCW has been a very good car, but it has...

My 2018 JCW has been a very good car, but it has only covered a bit over 15K miles. Still I believe it should continue to be a good car. (I have the oil service done every 5K miles instead of the 10K...
Forum: 1st Gear
04-04-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By RockC

What to look out for with a used car? ...

What to look out for with a used car?

Everything.

I can offer up a general guideline on how to check out a used car which should be of some value.

The 2013 Mini is just a used car so you...
03-27-2019, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 596
Posted By RockC

Reads like it is time to get a mechanic's...

Reads like it is time to get a mechanic's stethoscope and probe the engine at various locations to determine where the noise is coming from. Once you know that then what the noise might be is (maybe)...
03-21-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 768
Posted By RockC

Change the engine oil/filter and run the engine...

Change the engine oil/filter and run the engine some to make sure the fresh oil is all circulated.

I would disconnect the battery. Be sure you follow directions on how to do this. Be sure you can...
03-18-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By RockC

Some cars implement some kind of...

Some cars implement some kind of traction/stability control that in part involves applying individual brakes. If your car has such a feature hard to imagine you would trigger it enough to wear out...
Forum: JCW Garage
03-12-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By RockC

My JCW is a 6-speed manual but a co-worker has an...

My JCW is a 6-speed manual but a co-worker has an automatic in his 2016 Mini S coupe and when he takes off it shifts very quick. I'd have to guess the transmission would shift in around 150mS and...
03-07-2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By RockC

The burning smell suggests the belt may have been...

The burning smell suggests the belt may have been slipping. It could be because the alternator seized up -- ammodave's question can you turn the alternator by hand certainly raises that possibility...
02-11-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,961
Posted By RockC

While I have had a couple of Macan loaners and...

While I have had a couple of Macan loaners and was rather impressed by the vehicle, not sure I'd go the Macan route. Was at a Porsche dealer a while back and overheard a SA tell a customer oil...
02-06-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,543
Posted By RockC

Have not had my JCW long enough to know how long...

Have not had my JCW long enough to know how long the clutch is going to last but my experience with a number of other cars over the hears is 40K miles clutch life is horrible. Worst case was a '88...
Forum: 1st Gear
01-23-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By RockC

No Mini convertible experience but I bought a...

No Mini convertible experience but I bought a 2002 Porsche Boxster -- mainly for the mid-engine layout.

I tried the top down thing and it was ok for about 2 weeks in the spring and 2 weeks in the...
01-23-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 6
Drivetrain Straight E-85
Views: 1,334
Posted By RockC

E85 has less energy per gallon. Gasoline has...

E85 has less energy per gallon.

Gasoline has approx. 114,000 BTUs per gallon. E85 has around 82,000 BTUs per gallon.

Additionally the stoichiometric ratio of alcohol is much less than the...
01-16-2019, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 427
Posted By RockC

Overheat (coolant over temperature) events are...

Overheat (coolant over temperature) events are not part of the OBD2 world. Mini might log in a proprietary way coolant over temperature events.

As I'm sure you know, the engine doesn't have to...
01-10-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 939
Posted By RockC

How much torque it can handle is primarily...

How much torque it can handle is primarily determined by the strength/size of its torque carrying internal components, like the torque converter, input shaft, gear sets, clutch packs, etc.

These...
01-03-2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 930
Posted By RockC

The only person he could find if he looked is...

The only person he could find if he looked is probably a senior tech who's is no doubt up to his elbows working on another car.

To expect the tech to like a light switch switch mental gears and to...
12-10-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 666
Posted By RockC

My 2018 Mini JCW 6-speed 2 door hatchback has...

My 2018 Mini JCW 6-speed 2 door hatchback has been just great. Bought it Dec. 27, 2017 and have put over 11K miles on it. All I've done is oil/filter services at approx. 600 miles, 2K miles, 5K miles...
12-10-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,806
Posted By RockC

For the headliner I'd search out a highly...

For the headliner I'd search out a highly recommended auto upholstery shop and make an appointment and take the car in and have it looked and find out what the shop recommends.
06-22-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 676
Posted By RockC

Back in Jan. 2002 bought a new 2002 Porsche...

Back in Jan. 2002 bought a new 2002 Porsche Boxster.

It had a dipstick to check engine oil and the electronic oil level checking system.

While I used the dipstick at oil change time to confirm...
02-06-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By RockC

With some engines the oil filter is...

With some engines the oil filter is unscrewed/removed and the oil for an analysis is taken from the oil in the filter housing.

The oil is analyzed and if found ok a new filter is installed and the...
02-03-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,576
Posted By RockC

Best advice I can offer is follow the owners...

Best advice I can offer is follow the owners manual regarding break in. Like Capt_bj said just mostly common sense stuff.

I would urge you unless forbidden by the owners manual to get the...
02-03-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,576
Posted By RockC

Had the oil changed in my new 2018 JCW at just...

Had the oil changed in my new 2018 JCW at just 350 miles. New engines shed lots of trash, metal debris which is normal and really load the oil up with contamination -- again normal -- and an oil...
01-25-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,410
Posted By RockC

P18B8, P1776, C0300. Could not find anything...

P18B8, P1776, C0300.

Could not find anything on P18B8. P1XXX error codes are manufacturer specific.

P1776: Got lucky with this one I think: Solenoid Switch Valve Latched in Low Reverse...
01-22-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,181
Posted By RockC

Here's a blurb from the Mini site: The MINI...

Here's a blurb from the Mini site:

The MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid runs on gasoline, electric power, or both, giving you a flexible range of power options. Use almost any standard outlet to...
01-20-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,096
Posted By RockC

In some cases the factory flywheel serves as a...

In some cases the factory flywheel serves as a crankshaft dampener. Replace this with a single mass flywheel and the engine/transmssion can "chatter". The chatter arises because the factory flywheel...
01-19-2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,852
Posted By RockC

Well, you could have used the highest grade of...

Well, you could have used the highest grade of plugs and coils but that doesn't mean they were the right ones.

Not long ago I came upon a Porsche Cayman owner who was having misfire issues with...
01-14-2018, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,630
Posted By RockC

Couple of things can affect oil consumption. I'll...

Couple of things can affect oil consumption. I'll offer these up first...

1) Run the right oil. Modern oils are high detergent which helps keep the engine free of sludge but a side effect is the...
01-14-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 908
Posted By RockC

Just a few days after I bought a new 2008 Cayman...

Just a few days after I bought a new 2008 Cayman S I realized the alignment was off. I have to admit I never test drove the car. After 7+ years with my Boxster I felt I knew how the Cayman S would...
Forum: JCW Garage
01-10-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,797
Posted By RockC

I've always calculated or written down...

I've always calculated or written down mileage/etc. on a per fill up basis. My driving is pretty consistent day to day and even when I venture out on long trips -- none so far with the JCW -- I often...
01-05-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 8
F55/F56 engine temp
Views: 752
Posted By RockC

No. There is no metal to metal contact. There is...

No. There is no metal to metal contact. There is heat generated from friction but it is the friction of oil molecules.

It just takes time to bring a considerable sized lump of what is essentially...
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