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Yesterday, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 241
Posted By cooper48

+1 on the crank position sensor. Mine was...

+1 on the crank position sensor. Mine was leaking when I bought it and oil was everywhere on the front of the block and underneath. Seemingly impossible from such a small o-ring to produce that...
Yesterday, 07:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 662
Posted By cooper48

Parts (clutch disc, pressure plate & flywheel)...

Parts (clutch disc, pressure plate & flywheel) run around $350 for a Valeo kit. You're right in saying that it's a bunch of work. I just installed a clutch in my R53 and it's pretty involved (FESM,...
Forum: 1st Gear
Yesterday, 07:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 737
Posted By cooper48

Yes, the DSC switch. DSC works (via the ECU) to...

Yes, the DSC switch. DSC works (via the ECU) to modulate fuel delivery, timing and sometimes braking under extreme conditions. I have the DSC in my R53 modified to auto-off upon startup. I prefer...
Yesterday, 07:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 160
Posted By cooper48

Shouldn't cause a problem.

Shouldn't cause a problem.
Yesterday, 07:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 167
Posted By cooper48

Clutch slippage is evident, especially at higher...

Clutch slippage is evident, especially at higher rpms. If your revs are going up (say, above 4,000) but your car is not accelerating, it's normally a slipping clutch.
Forum: 1st Gear
Yesterday, 06:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 521
Posted By cooper48

R50 in your year is a non-supercharged Mini. The...

R50 in your year is a non-supercharged Mini. The S model (R53) is supercharged, and the R52 is the convertible.
07-15-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By cooper48

Oil temp is best read via the drain plug. Check...

Oil temp is best read via the drain plug. Check the VDO website for combo plug/sending units. Summit Racing also sells them.
07-15-2019, 07:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 599
Posted By cooper48

Here's a source: ...

Here's a source:
https://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/2004/mini/cooper/fuel_injection/map_sensor_vacuum_hose.html
07-13-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,365
Posted By cooper48

Never saw what year your Mini is but you might...

Never saw what year your Mini is but you might look on the Interweb at www.autohausaz.com. There are glove box latches listed there and they appear to be reasonable.
Forum: 1st Gear
07-13-2019, 05:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By cooper48

Great post. Don't be afraid to ask questions. ...

Great post. Don't be afraid to ask questions. You'll find as much information as you can possibly stand on this forum and the Miniacs here are extremely helpful. I drive an '04 S and have wrenched...
07-11-2019, 04:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 526
Posted By cooper48

Attn: Dallas/Fort Worth Mini owners

Does anyone in the DFW area have an R53 (2004) cam lock tool (for a timing chain replacement) that I can either rent or borrow? Thanks.
07-10-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,360
Posted By cooper48

Tune

Bytetronik, interesting results. My 2004 R53 currently has a Stage 1 Dinan tune on it. That took the stock 163hp to 175hp (includes Sprint Booster). Since, I've added a 15% SC pulley, colder plugs...
07-09-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 946
Posted By cooper48

Can you carry liability only?

Can you carry liability only?
07-07-2019, 08:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By cooper48

You've now got your choice of pulley bearings --...

You've now got your choice of pulley bearings -- tensioner, a/c compressor, alternator, supercharger. Did you check all when you had the belt off for the idler pulley replacement? Water pump also...
07-07-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By cooper48

That's a bad bearing noise if I ever heard one. ...

That's a bad bearing noise if I ever heard one. Possibly the idler pulley?
07-05-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,621
Posted By cooper48

Contact "socalva" on this forum. He makes an...

Contact "socalva" on this forum. He makes an e-board that connects to the back of your switch panel that enables auto window up-down (with other features such as dual window up/down also).
07-03-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 0
R50/53 - R50/53 2004 Mini MC40 for sale
Views: 707
Posted By cooper48

2004 Mini MC40 for sale

Not for nothing, but I just ran across an MC40 for sale in Elko, NV on cargurus.com. It's not entirely correct (has hood stripes and no decals but the correct interior and carbon fiber dash) but...
07-01-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 849
Posted By cooper48

Try turning your DSC off and see if that makes a...

Try turning your DSC off and see if that makes a difference.
07-01-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 14
Interior/Exterior lexan windows woot woot
Views: 1,751
Posted By cooper48

Great look. Now you just need to get rid of that...

Great look. Now you just need to get rid of that heavy sunroof!
07-01-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,348
Posted By cooper48

Mini recommends Premium which is only $6...

Mini recommends Premium which is only $6 give/take more per fill up. It's cheap insurance to prevent your daughter from breaking down in places she shouldn't.
06-12-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,860
Posted By cooper48

Given no help from the manufacturer, know that...

Given no help from the manufacturer, know that you can buy a rebuilt pump at Summit Racing for $257.
06-12-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,860
Posted By cooper48

Try a different dealership. Some will do it...

Try a different dealership. Some will do it under warranty even if not "legally" covered under the recall since they are reimbursed by the manufacturer. Worth it even if you have to drive a bit to...
06-12-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,284
Posted By cooper48

My preference would be for the interior to look...

My preference would be for the interior to look factory. Can the Forge unit be used with a stock stick (2004)?
06-12-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,634
Posted By cooper48

You can get Mann filters on partsgeek.com for...

You can get Mann filters on partsgeek.com for reasonable prices.
Forum: JCW Garage
06-12-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,280
Posted By cooper48

30 minute job, at best. Check out ModMini on...

30 minute job, at best. Check out ModMini on YouTube and do it yourself. Unless you're tracking your Mini go with ceramic pads (less than $30 on eBay). They produce much less dust and keep your...
06-12-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,209
Posted By cooper48

Stergios, buy an automotive stethoscope (eBay for...

Stergios, buy an automotive stethoscope (eBay for 5 Euro). That will help you narrow down the location of the noise.
06-11-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,419
Posted By cooper48

Heat on the pulley to expand it.

Heat on the pulley to expand it.
06-09-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,860
Posted By cooper48

Check your VIN online...

Check your VIN online (https://www.miniusa.com/owners/tools-support/recall.html). The power steering pump was recalled but it affects only certain years and build months. Good luck.
Forum: Suspension
06-09-2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,123
Posted By cooper48

"Self-locking" is a bit of a misnomer. That...

"Self-locking" is a bit of a misnomer. That indicates an inner thread coating on the nut that prevents it from spontaneously reversing once installed. I doubt you'll have a problem even though you...
06-09-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,030
Posted By cooper48

The clatter happens when you start the car but...

The clatter happens when you start the car but doesn't occur when revving because at that time the centrifugal force of the rotation presses the chain against the guides. I'm sure you'll find that...
Forum: JCW Garage
06-08-2019, 06:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,027
Posted By cooper48

Looks brand new - you got a great deal!

Looks brand new - you got a great deal!
06-08-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,030
Posted By cooper48

Hopefully, that will fix your clatter, however,...

Hopefully, that will fix your clatter, however, be prepared that your timing chain may be so stretched that the tensioner is not forcing the chain against the guide and the chain/guides need to be...
06-08-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 3
R50/53 - R50/53 Low Clutch Bite Point?
Views: 1,036
Posted By cooper48

No way to adjust it that I'm familiar with. But,...

No way to adjust it that I'm familiar with. But, you'll get used to it pretty quickly. I recently changed my clutch to a Valeo single-mass unit and was surprised how easy the pedal was to push -...
06-08-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 3
R50/53 - R50/53 Low Clutch Bite Point?
Views: 1,036
Posted By cooper48

That's normal.

That's normal.
06-07-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 2
R50/53 - R50/53 ECU flash
Views: 330
Posted By cooper48

ECU flash

I'm going to take a chance here and throw out what may be a dumb question but I can't find an answer anywhere. If your ECU has been flash-tuned (i.e., Dinan), does resetting the ECU affect the tune?
06-05-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 757
Posted By cooper48

https://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/2004/mini/cooper...

https://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/2004/mini/cooper/tools_and_hardware/screw.html
06-05-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,686
Posted By cooper48

+1 on Fly'n Brick comment. I use this method all...

+1 on Fly'n Brick comment. I use this method all the time, including jacking up both sides of the car pretty high (4 jackstands) to remove the front subframe, and have never had a problem. I do,...
06-05-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,266
Posted By cooper48

You should also check your rear sway bar bushings...

You should also check your rear sway bar bushings and brackets.
06-04-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,296
Posted By cooper48

I don't have an opinion on Gen-2 or -3 since I've...

I don't have an opinion on Gen-2 or -3 since I've only driven a Gen-1 R53. I will say, however, that it's absolutely impossible to beat the sound of a carefully modified, supercharged Mini! Not to...
Forum: JCW Garage
06-03-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,280
Posted By cooper48

My MB is a GL450 so think heavy. The...

My MB is a GL450 so think heavy. The Continentals didn't last any time (less than 20k) -- very frustrating considering the high cost of those tires. Firestones were a bit better for mileage but I...
06-03-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,914
Posted By cooper48

Really? How much difference could only an...

Really? How much difference could only an exhaust/tune make?
06-03-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,030
Posted By cooper48

Thanks for the compliment. If you don't already...

Thanks for the compliment. If you don't already have a set, I HIGHLY recommend you pick up a set of wobble socket extensions:...
06-03-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By cooper48

Best bet is to go with Volvo/Bosch 380cc...

Best bet is to go with Volvo/Bosch 380cc injectors. They can be found for ~$100 (for 4) on FCP EURO (SKU BOS-62722). You can find the pigtails/converters on eBay/Amazon. You will also need to replace...
06-03-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,914
Posted By cooper48

Bear in mind that the JCW kit includes the head.

Bear in mind that the JCW kit includes the head.
06-03-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 12
R50/53 - R50/53 Oil filter wrenches
Views: 1,226
Posted By cooper48

36mm socket with a short wobble extension works...

36mm socket with a short wobble extension works great.
06-03-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,030
Posted By cooper48

Great looking Mini with a bunch of cool mods! ...

Great looking Mini with a bunch of cool mods! Ticking noise could be the timing chain due to an old/malfunctioning hydraulic tensioner. The noise tends to go away as you accelerate and centrifugal...
Forum: JCW Garage
06-02-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,280
Posted By cooper48

Welcome to planned obsolescence (and expensive...

Welcome to planned obsolescence (and expensive service intervals). My Mercedes tires didn't last but 17,000 miles (I'll never buy Continentals again). Swap the pads yourself -- it's easy.
06-01-2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,014
Posted By cooper48

Yes, you should notice a different pedal...

Yes, you should notice a different pedal engagement point. Before the clutch change, my pedal was engaging very near the floorboard. Engagement occurs higher now with the new clutch.
06-01-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 35
R50/53 - R50/53 New R53, has some issues...
Views: 2,691
Posted By cooper48

Don't know if you finally fixed your DSC issue...

Don't know if you finally fixed your DSC issue but you may need to reset your ECU. Instructions can be found on this Forum.
06-01-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 11
R50/53 - R50/53 Shutter?
Views: 1,418
Posted By cooper48

Check your rear shock mounts (yellow pads at the...

Check your rear shock mounts (yellow pads at the top of your shock). They harden over time and shrink causing space between your rear shock and frame and allowing up/down movement of the entire unit.
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