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01-27-2017, 10:03 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 17,472

I bid you adieu, MINI

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Update: I traded my '08 Clubbie S for a 2017 Corolla SE on 3 January. That final "nail" came along because my MINI died in the driveway again, leaving my wife and...
10-14-2016, 12:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,018

On a related note...

I recently replaced the clutch, flywheel, thermostat, coolant hoses, and a bunch of other things while I was in there, and when it was all said and done, the Intake Air Temperature sensor connector...
08-03-2016, 10:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,839

The water pipe doesn't have any bolts. It's...

The water pipe doesn't have any bolts. It's mounted to the water pump with a friction seal provided by the o-ring. The other end is a clip captive "link" similar to that on the clutch master and...
07-31-2016, 12:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,168

I'm having a similar problem with the car not...

I'm having a similar problem with the car not starting. Replaced the clutch, put the car back together, almost started on the first try, but now the starter just goes and goes, with no response from...
07-31-2016, 12:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 903

Sorry, ekimurn: I contacted Valeo about the...

Sorry, ekimurn:

I contacted Valeo about the SM clutch conversion kit, and they told me directly that it is only for the R50/R53 Coopers. I have a 2008 Clubbie S, and the best price I found for...
07-31-2016, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,234

I have a question. I just replaced the clutch,...

I have a question. I just replaced the clutch, flywheel, thermostat, coolant pipe, all coolant hoses (except to the heater core in the cabin), and the 02 sensors. I put the car back together, and...
07-27-2016, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,379

I had to replace mine in October 2013 @ 69,000...

I had to replace mine in October 2013 @ 69,000 miles. Already got the letter and submitted my claim. MINI owes me the $470 for parts & labor, as well as $50 for the rental car via the MINI...
07-25-2016, 08:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,298

I have a few questions about the transmission...

I have a few questions about the transmission output seals...I've tried the Pelican Parts DIY write-up, but the seals are very, very, very, very firmly seated in the bearing hole, and although I did...
07-16-2016, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,124

Where in the world did you get one for $469!? ...

Where in the world did you get one for $469!? The cheapest I found (just now) was $984.43 at ECS Tuning https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-mini-parts/fuel-pump-high-pressure/13517588879/
or,...
Forum: How to
07-16-2016, 08:07 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 136,749

MINI extended my warranty on the HPFP to...

MINI extended my warranty on the HPFP to 10yr/120000 miles, and I've not seen any issues as yet with 116,722 on the clock. I see that this little bugger is a full grand to replace; I would rather...
07-16-2016, 07:05 PM
Replies: 514
Views: 145,015

I'll second that! Every time the MINI has been...

I'll second that! Every time the MINI has been down, the Honda motorcycle stood at the ready, and took up the slack like a good battle buddy. I'm sorry, no MINI, BMW, Audi, Merc, VeeDub, or...
07-13-2016, 03:01 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 17,472

You don't sound manic...I would've said the same...

You don't sound manic...I would've said the same thing during the time this thread was originally posted. I'd planned on keeping my 2008 Clubbie S for 7 years when I traded my 2009 R56 Hardtop for...
07-13-2016, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,408

I meant a drift, not punch. Sorry for the mixup....

I meant a drift, not punch. Sorry for the mixup. Thanks for the suggestion, that really helps. I know I'm not one of the R50-3 crowd, but there's few threads on here covering this topic. ...
07-11-2016, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,313

I'm replacing the clutch in an '08 Clubby S, and...

I'm replacing the clutch in an '08 Clubby S, and I'm wondering the same thing about the crankshaft rear seal. The Bentley manual calls for three different special tools, which would be a ludicrous...
07-11-2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,408

I'm replacing my clutch as well, and I am...

I'm replacing my clutch as well, and I am inclined to replace the rear main seal as a precaution. There's not one write-up anywhere on the forum, and the Bentley manual calls for some obscure MINI...
07-11-2016, 07:46 AM
Replies: 514
Views: 145,015

I got the Bremmen version as well, because ECS...

I got the Bremmen version as well, because ECS Tuning offered free shipping for that one part, but Rock Auto also has one (although it just went out of stock):...
07-11-2016, 06:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,005

The amazing thing is that the thermostat was...

The amazing thing is that the thermostat was still going strong...but it was likely on the verge of failure. The pipe broke with an absolute minimum of force. I agree, the pipe should always be...
07-10-2016, 07:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,195

Still kicking

I'm at 116,722 miles, but my original (composite) water pump was replaced at around 69,079 with the redesigned MINI pump (aluminum body, composite impeller). It's been running for 47,673 miles, but...
07-10-2016, 03:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,005

Pringles

I am replacing the clutch, so I have the engine disassembled. I replaced the coolant hoses, and the thermostat crumbled in my hand. While removing that, the pipe dislodged, and it turns out that...
Forum: How to
07-09-2016, 01:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 35,001

Diminishing Returns

Hey all,

I'm currently replacing the clutch in my '08 Clubman S, and it's been a real doozy of a task. I followed the Bentley manual pretty closely, but they missed a few steps, which caused me...
07-02-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 514
Views: 145,015

My '08 Clubman S still had a good thermostat at...

My '08 Clubman S still had a good thermostat at 116,722 miles. I was installing a Mishimoto silicone hose kit while I am replacing the clutch. This afternoon as I was trying to slip on the last...
07-02-2016, 07:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,590

I think if I had to disassemble the car again, it...

I think if I had to disassemble the car again, it would be much faster than before, simply because I wouldn't have to contend with seized or stripped out bolts, spend time taking pictures so that I...
07-02-2016, 07:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,590

I'm replacing my clutch in a 2008 Clubman S, and...

I'm replacing my clutch in a 2008 Clubman S, and I started from the opposite end of the troubleshooting spectrum. Thankfully, my car's clutch died in my driveway after coming home from work, which...
05-25-2016, 10:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,909

My 2008 Clubman S has 118,300 and the clutch...

My 2008 Clubman S has 118,300 and the clutch finally died. Quoted $2550 to replace clutch & flywheel, but that's not happening. I've got tools, some experience, and a hotline to a seasoned coworker...
05-25-2016, 11:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,768

Also need the article

I checked the site, that clutch article is still not live. Can you send it via PM/email?
02-22-2016, 09:22 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 20,751

I got the same letter in the mail today, although...

I got the same letter in the mail today, although my car is just now starting to have that dreaded "rattle" at 115947 miles. I wanted to know if the problem has not yet occurred, can we take it to...
11-22-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,697

I pulled it back apart, and found out the likely...

I pulled it back apart, and found out the likely culprits. I tried putting the large o-ring on the cap like in your instructions at first (as that is the easier choice), but it started to pinch when...
11-22-2015, 04:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,697

No dice. It sounded as if it was just about to...

No dice. It sounded as if it was just about to start, but fell just short. I tried restarting it again 5 more times, no success. The fuel pump is definitely initializing whenever the door is...
11-22-2015, 04:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,697

Yeah, I definitely connected the battery back...

Yeah, I definitely connected the battery back before starting it, and after the first few attempts at starting, I went back and re-checked/re-tightened it. I connected a Battery Tender after the nth...
11-22-2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,247

Thanks for the discount code, Zippy!! ...

Thanks for the discount code, Zippy!!

Although the O2 sensors are different for the newer MINIs, Rock Auto definitely had the best prices, especially on the upstream sensor.
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11-21-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,697

Starting problems

First off, thanks for the detailed DIY writeup! I have the Bentley manual, but your post is a bit more detailed, especially since I didn't need to drain the tank and remove the left side assembly...
07-07-2015, 06:15 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,266

Asymmetric Caliper Pins

I am doing the brakes on my car, and ran into the same problem with a caliper rebuild being necessary on the front passenger caliper. There's also another issue - the caliper pins are not identical...
Forum: How to
03-23-2015, 07:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 54,726

Great Info

This was probably the most useful information imaginable! I had the Bentley manual, and read Pelican Parts DIY write up, but all of the information was incorrect. For a 2008 MCS, you'd think that...
03-22-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,853

Initially, I was like some of the other posters,...

Initially, I was like some of the other posters, the good old days of "trouble free" miles. However, taking a cue from something I learned while I was in the Army, I set up a spreadsheet that was...
11-04-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,027

Replacing Rear Rotors and Pads

I'm pending a brake job on the rear for a 2008 Clubman S. The Bentley manual stipulates that in addition to the expected parts you've listed below, that the self-locking bolts for the pad carrier as...
Forum: How to
06-23-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 108,766

No, it is not 18ft/lbs; that's too high, and a...

No, it is not 18ft/lbs; that's too high, and a misunderstanding that I was also given. It's more like 8-10 ft/lbs, according to the general specifications for the bolt tolerances on pg 020-9 of the...
06-11-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 18,112

$1100 insult

I replaced the oil pan gasket on my 2008 Clubman S, and paid literally $42.75 for a German-made gasket. I didn't have to remove any part of the exhaust, and only needed a 1/4" U-joint, socket (10mm...
06-09-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 18,112

The vacuum pump was on the verge of failure...it...

The vacuum pump was on the verge of failure...it was seeping more oil than drawing air. What I thought was an oil leak on the back of the engine turned out to be symptomatic of a pump on its way...
Forum: How to
05-26-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 108,766

That part of the engine runs very hot, and the...

That part of the engine runs very hot, and the oil/coolant are pressurized. An external chemical seal will only do so much, but it may work as a Band-aid until you can get around to a proper fix. ...
05-21-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 18,112

DIY Driver

Just to put in my $0.02...I'll answer the DIY costs of some of those things, so you have an idea. I'm driving a 2008 R55 (Clubman S). I know you drive a non-S model, but I've included some...
05-21-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,717

I've a similar problem, and am inclined to...

I've a similar problem, and am inclined to replace the pump. There's a significant amount of oil present in the lower pump fitting, enough to coat the outside of the vacuum line, even after short...
05-21-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 16,943

Hemorrhagic Vacuum Pump?

I've been trying to work out a similar problem. Initially, this started with a mysterious oil leak that I assumed was symptomatic of the blown oil pan gasket. After replacing that and the valve...
05-14-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,709

Turbocharger Vacuum Tank

I've just spent a few hours with this exact mystery leak, and it turns out that it's almost assuredly the turbocharger vacuum tank. I removed the valve cover and the airbox assembly, but there's no...
01-29-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 97,486

I used the Permatex 81343 anti-seize on just...

I used the Permatex 81343 anti-seize on just about every nut and bolt for the entire turbocharger assembly, DP, aux coolant pump, oil filter assembly, and subframe rail bolts (service position). ...
01-15-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 97,486

+1 on the radiator service position. I had to...

+1 on the radiator service position. I had to replace the oil filter housing/cooler/block gaskets, and it was best to work everything possible in one shot over winter break. Replaced the turbo oil...
01-09-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 268,603

Yes, you'll use a bit over one bottle. I used...

Yes, you'll use a bit over one bottle. I used roughly about 2.0 L + 2.0 L...aside from the Bentley manual strangely stating three different capacities (5.3 & 6L on page 020-23, and 5.2L on page...
Forum: How to
01-03-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 108,766

Exclamation Torques

Okay, so I tore back into the engine (service mode - easy), and it turns out that the return oil line is actually leaking. I didn't seat it fully, and the pressure caused oil to gush out. It...
01-03-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 296
Views: 97,486

FWIW, I just replaced both lines (Way's kit), and...

FWIW, I just replaced both lines (Way's kit), and when I started it up, oil started gushing from the suspect area. Dismayed at the fact that my tiny oil leak (the oil filter block gaskets) had now...
01-02-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,045

I put my car in service mode because I had some...

I put my car in service mode because I had some other upgrades/repairs, and it definitely makes things easier to see and install. It's a small pain to remove the wheel fenders (Bentley recommends...
Forum: How to
01-02-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 108,766

Undertorqued

I just finished this task this morning, started it up, and oil gushed from the assembly, precisely from the new gaskets. Initially, I torqued the bolts to 18 N·m, but became wary of...
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