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09-05-2018, 06:40 AM
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Posted By Rich.Wolfson

It's not the relays. There is a wire wound...

It's not the relays. There is a wire wound resistor on your fan. If the fan is OEM, it is green and about 3/4" in diameter. You can take the fan out and replace the relay pack with the Dorman...
06-26-2018, 06:16 AM
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Posted By Rich.Wolfson

The 2003 R53 has the relay on the fan and two...

The 2003 R53 has the relay on the fan and two plugs. You cannot easily move the resistor off the fan like the 2004 and later R53s. What I settled on was a new fan, TCY from RockAuto and changed out...
02-01-2018, 09:56 AM
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Posted By Rich.Wolfson

There are definitely two fans and there are no...

There are definitely two fans and there are no adapters from a two-plug (2002-2003) fan to a one plug fan. I would blame the person who sold you the original Dorman as there are most definitely two...
12-18-2017, 07:13 PM
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Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Here's what I suggest. Replace the fan with a...

Here's what I suggest. Replace the fan with a Dorman replacement unit and be done with it. You are not going to get the resister to work right on your '03. The aftermarket resisters are better than...
08-26-2017, 06:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

PM Sent

PM Sent
08-07-2017, 06:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

So let me understand this. Someone's selling a...

So let me understand this. Someone's selling a part that fits the R56. Someone with an R53 might want one but may be disappointed that it doesn't fit their car. I offer one that will. Not the same...
08-07-2017, 07:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

If anyone is interested, I have one for an R53...

If anyone is interested, I have one for an R53 that I no longer need. It's not new so $60 shipped would work. ///Rich
07-31-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 377
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

2003 MCS Partout

OK, I'll consider parting it out but frankly if someone wants to take it away, you'll have a great platform for an autocross racer. I'll even throw in the Schroth quick fit belts which are $250...
07-23-2017, 06:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 377
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

2003 Black on Black MCS, Artoo, For Sale

I am settling in to driving my new M235i and Artoo simply has to go.

It has all the good parts with a new head and supercharger only a few years old and in GREAT shape. Polyflex all around, Koni...
07-01-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 469
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Mixed emotions but it's time to move on

Everyone,

I have loved Artoo my 2003 R53 since the moment we met in October, 2002. Black on black it was a joy each time I took it for a ride. And over the years each time I thought it was time...
06-15-2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 832
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

The reason that Mini or any other car company...

The reason that Mini or any other car company doesn't go with poly bushings from the factory is cost. Anyone replacing OEM bushings with OEM is destine to have to do the job again. And it's a big job...
05-18-2017, 07:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 821
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

I'd say go for a LSD. I made the mistake of not...

I'd say go for a LSD. I made the mistake of not doing that and have regretted it ever since.

///Rich
03-22-2017, 07:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,021
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

I bought my car at Mini of Morristown in 2002....

I bought my car at Mini of Morristown in 2002. Artoo is a 2003MCS. I never thought their service shop was reputable although there are a few good techs there. I stopped even walking in when they told...
Forum: How to
03-15-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 57,190
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Me too after reading this thread. This...

Me too after reading this thread.



This is IMPORTANT as it will not work if you turn the wipers on and then hold a wire to the wiper bolt and ground. To test this you should have two people if...
Forum: 1st Gear
01-04-2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,417
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Assuming the belt and the crank dampener are ok,...

Assuming the belt and the crank dampener are ok, have you done a compression test?

///Rich
Forum: 1st Gear
12-17-2016, 04:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,079
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

I have been loving Artoo my 2003 MCS for 14 years...

I have been loving Artoo my 2003 MCS for 14 years and 160,000 now and each time I go to buy something new or take a test drive, nothing compares.

That said, I do have my eye on a black on black...
12-16-2016, 07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,086
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

With extra boost you need to be sure you don't go...

With extra boost you need to be sure you don't go lean. I have no idea which injectors to get but sounds like at least the JCW ones are the way to go.

I have no pulley and had the stock injectors...
12-16-2016, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,086
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

There are a couple of reasons but it is time to...

There are a couple of reasons but it is time to change the injectors for sure.

One last question is does your car have an aftermarket pulley? If so, what size?

///Rich
11-28-2016, 07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,086
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

I burned a set of valves also. But before that,...

I burned a set of valves also. But before that, like you I replaced the coil and wires with no change. But I did also change the injectors and the issues have resolved.

It's a cheap way to go...
11-24-2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,062
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

I'd say they designed it so straight up is...

I'd say they designed it so straight up is normal.

///Rich
11-23-2016, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 620
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

I have no experience with an R50 but on an R53...

I have no experience with an R50 but on an R53 (should be similar) check to be sure the low speed fan is working as well as the P/S fan. Either fan malfunctioning would cause overheating.

///Rich
11-05-2016, 06:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,257
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

The story of my life. My early 2003...

The story of my life.



My early 2003 MCS made in the first week of 2003 production, came with two remote keys. One all black and the other with a silver Mini logo in addition to the valet...
10-30-2016, 06:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,257
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

You bought that from a dealer and that's what he...

You bought that from a dealer and that's what he gave you? And you only have one key? Your 2003 came with three keys. Two with a remote and a small black Valet key.

Anyway, this thread...
10-03-2016, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 971
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

ECP Auto Service 794 Raymond Blvd Newark NJ...

ECP Auto Service
794 Raymond Blvd
Newark NJ 07105

Frank SeSilva knows what he is doing, his prices are reasonable, he gets the car done when he says it will be done and he's a nice guy as well....
08-31-2016, 08:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,012
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

And you can also sleep easy as you know the job...

And you can also sleep easy as you know the job was done right.

:thumbsup:

///Rich
08-28-2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 632
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Nope. And I wouldn't try to rewire it either. I...

Nope. And I wouldn't try to rewire it either. I would simply return it if that is an option.

///Rich
08-09-2016, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 872
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

The first thing to do is check the fuses. Then if...

The first thing to do is check the fuses. Then if you find one blown look for the cause. A stuck P/S fan is the first place to look.

///Rich
08-07-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,012
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

A Helicoil is NOT the same as a Timesert. I have...

A Helicoil is NOT the same as a Timesert. I have use a BackTap to fix a head once but if that didn't work TimeSert was the next choice and the way to go. It takes special tools but is MUCH better...
08-06-2016, 07:30 AM
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Posted By Rich.Wolfson

This is good advice. A clogged cabin air filter...

This is good advice. A clogged cabin air filter can significantly reduce A/C effectiveness. It should be changed once a year.

///Rich
07-30-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,267
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Yes you should. I replaced mine with a...

Yes you should. I replaced mine with a cosmetically damaged ATI directly from ATI. You should call them to see if any are available. I could not find the blemish on mine and it is well worth the...
06-27-2016, 08:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,187
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

I agree. I fixed one with a BackTap a bunch of...

I agree. I fixed one with a BackTap a bunch of years ago. Only the last few threads were damaged and the BackTap cleaned it up nicely and it is still holding as far as I can tell.

If that doesn't...
06-16-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 786
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

It may be low on refrigerant. You can try...

It may be low on refrigerant. You can try installing a can but I would bring it to someone with the know how and equipment to do it right.

///Rich
05-21-2016, 08:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,979
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

No mess at all. It's an easy job and there are...

No mess at all. It's an easy job and there are lots of instructions around with good pictures.

Budget two hours to do it the first time and you may get it done in one.

///Rich
05-20-2016, 05:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,446
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

The latch is not available separately from the...

The latch is not available separately from the glovebox. There is some information here on repairing the latch.
...
05-08-2016, 07:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Let's be clear. If you have a key that a...

Let's be clear.

If you have a key that a button has fallen off of and only needs refurbishment, then the eBay key replacement cases are perfect. I would recommend going to a switchblade while...
04-24-2016, 06:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,189
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

I just replaced a set with 51,000 on them. And...

I just replaced a set with 51,000 on them. And they are on sale at Tire Rack for $95 each with a $75 rebate on a set of 4.

This is a good deal if you want all season tires and are looking to save...
04-21-2016, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 994
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

With the A/C on the low speed should be working....

With the A/C on the low speed should be working. You can't hear it. You should just look.

But it sounds like it's working fine. It takes heat to get the high speed cranking.

///Rich
04-17-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,893
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

So after 150,000 of trouble free tires, I lent...

So after 150,000 of trouble free tires, I lent Artoo to my son for the weekend and yesterday and at midnight I get a call that he had a blowout going over a set or RR tracks. No doubt trying to catch...
04-16-2016, 06:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,893
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Absolutely. I have AAA Premier with the 200 mile...

Absolutely. I have AAA Premier with the 200 mile tow. Lots of piece-of-mind at a reasonable cost. For tire issues or otherwise.

///Rich.
04-15-2016, 06:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,893
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Artoo has 160,000 miles and all but 20,000 are on...

Artoo has 160,000 miles and all but 20,000 are on non-runflats. Cheaper and a better ride. At one point I picked up a spare and bag and on lone trips tuck it behind the passenger seat. Never needed...
04-13-2016, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,219
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

On behalf of everyone, Welcome! ...

On behalf of everyone, Welcome!



Everything you need is in the thread titled Electrical: First Generation Key Refurbishment...
04-06-2016, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,364
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

If there was a valve open and the cylinder was...

If there was a valve open and the cylinder was filled with shells and then started....

So I would say yes, a shell cleaning gone wrong can do significant damage.

So, if you remove the head the...
03-26-2016, 07:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,063
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

My thought too. But I also had a friend follow me...

My thought too. But I also had a friend follow me when I stomped on the gas. No smoke. That's why I also changed the PVC valve. And whatever precipitated that burnt valve could have overheated a ring...
03-25-2016, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,063
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Mini always said that 1 qt per/1000 was within...

Mini always said that 1 qt per/1000 was within spec. Trust me I asked and even pushed them. They couldn't do anything because corporate said that it was spec. :sad:



I did change the head so...
03-22-2016, 07:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,063
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

I am jealous. Head is new and there is...

I am jealous.



Head is new and there is no smoke. Either at startup or under load.

///Rich
03-21-2016, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,063
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

High Oil Consumption--Collective Wisdom

I have been enjoying Artoo (September 2002 build 2003 R53) for over 12 years now. It was meticulously broken it in and it has always burned oil. At the beginning about a quart for each 1000 miles and...
03-19-2016, 07:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,122
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

The hardest part of the journey is the first...

The hardest part of the journey is the first step. Brakes and oil changes are the place to start. Start assembling the right tools with a good torque wrench near the top of the list.

And it feels...
Forum: JCW Garage
03-19-2016, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,860
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Assuming you are not losing coolant, watch your...

Assuming you are not losing coolant, watch your temperatures. At 220-230 you'll smell the coolant. No problem other than why are you getting that hot. Perhaps you should check your oil level as well....
03-17-2016, 12:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,055
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Actually it went into limp mode twice going up a...

Actually it went into limp mode twice going up a long steep hill on the highway. Otherwise it was running fine and always pulled well going up that hill. Anyway, both happened at the same location...
03-16-2016, 08:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 926
Posted By Rich.Wolfson

Any pictures? ///Rich

Any pictures?

///Rich
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