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April 30, 2009

DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 1)

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Part 1:

Necessary preliminary tasks:

Read out fault memory of DME control unit.

Check stored fault messages.

Switch off ignition

Disconnecting and connecting battery

 

Important!

Disconnect battery:

Switch off ignition.

Following safety instructions for handling vehicle battery.

Note:

If the ignition is not switched off when the battery is disconnected, some control units may store a fault.

If the repair instructions for reasons of safety contain a specific instruction to disconnect the battery before carrying out a specific operation, always follow this instruction.

 

The battery is stored in the boot of the car. Using your socket set remove the negative battery terminal from the battery. Don’t shut the boot!!! Otherwise you will be crawling through the car to reconnect the battery to open the boot. Leave it open during the service.

 

Connecting up battery:

Reverse the procedure above.

Reset clock.

Initialize power windows. (Later I’ll show how to do this)

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DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 2)

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Part 2:

Raising vehicle with trolley jack and removing the front right wheel

 

Important!

 

Observe the following trolley-jack-related instructions:

1. Use only BMW-distributed/approved trolley jacks which have rubber plate contact points. (Not really) (Or just buy a Sears floor jack… works fine!)

2. Trolley jacks must be regularly serviced and always checked for functional reliability before they are used!

3. Check the rubber plate on the trolley jack prior to each use, replacing if necessary.

 


 

 

Warning!

The vehicle may be raised with a trolley jack only at the following jacking points!

1. Side of front axle subframe

2. Side car jacking points

  1. Loosen lug nuts on right front tire with impact wrench or lug wrench. Do not remove the lug nuts.
  2. Life your car with the floor jack at the front of the car (2) on one side and raise it as far as it will go. Place a jack stand under (1) or other part of frame near front of car.
  3. Go to the other side of you’re and raise it as far as it will go. It will be higher than on the other side. Place your jack stand under that side on the frame (1)
  4. Now go back to the other side of your car with your jack and raise it as far as it will go. It should now go up even with the other side. Raise that jack stand so they even.
  5. Remove lug nuts and remove the right front tire.
  6. The goal is to have the front of the car on jack stands as high as it will go and the front right tire removed.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 3)

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Removing and installing/replacing front underbody protection (engine)

 

1.)


 

  1. Slacken screws (1), do not release fully.
  2. Release screws (2).
  3. Tightening torque 51 11 1AZ . (For reassembly)
  4. Pull underbody protection out of bumper trim and remove.
  5. Note that screws (1) might be rusted along with their connectors. You can buy replacement bumper connecters of a similar size at Autozone. If the connectors are rusted just carefully remove them with visegrip and use lots of wd-40 or you can cut them off.

2.)


 

  1. Slacken screws (1), do not release fully.
  2. Release screws (3).
  3. Tightening torque 51 11 1AZ . (For reassembly)
  4. Pull underbody protection (4) out of bumper trim (2) and remove.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 4)

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Removing and installing/replacing front right wheel arch liner

 

  1. Remove screws (1) and threaded blind rivets (2) from wheel arch liner.
  2. Remove liner from wheel arch.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 5)

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Replacing or removing the tank venting valve

You have to do this so you can remove the belt.

  1. Unlock and disconnect both lines (1).

  2. Bend locking tongue (1) straight and slide venting valve from holder.

  3. Unlock connector (2) and remove.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 6)

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Removing serpentine drive belt (COOPER S)

 

Special tools required:

11 8 410

11 8 470

This is the belt tool mention in the summery and a spare Allen wrench or similar tool.

 

Important!

Drive belt tensioner is subject to heavy tension. Make sure that locking pin is correctly seated.

Mark the direction of rotation of the drive belt if it is to be reused.

Replace the drive belt if it is fouled with coolant/engine oil or hydraulic fluid.

 

Your belt probably and should be replaced since you are doing all this work. You probably will get grease on it and if your car is over four years old and a few miles on it enough to have oil gasket leak go ahead and change the belt while you’re at it.

 

  1. Pull dipstick out of dipstick tube.
  2. Insert special tool 11 8 410 as shown. Note: Make sure paintwork is not damaged.


  3. Attach special tool 11 8 410 to tensioner (1).


  4. Relieve tension of drive belt and block tensioner with locking pin, special tool 11 8 470. Note: A second person may be needed to hep install special tool 11 8 470 in the second bore hole.
  5. Remove drive belt. (If you are not replacing the belt you can just slip it of the AC Compressor.
  6. Examine drive belt for traces of coolant or oil, replace if necessary.

 

Assemble engine.

Check that drive belt is in correct installation position.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 7)

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Removing and installing front bumper trim

  1. Unfasten screws (1 and 2). Tightening torque 51 11 1AZ


  2. If necessary, release clip (1) and remove release handle (2).


  3. Release screws (3). Tightening torque 51 11 2AZ .


  4. Release screw rivets (4) and screws (5). Tightening torque 51 11 6AZ


  5. Release bumper from catches (1).


  6. Disconnect plug connector (2) for parking lights.


  7. Disconnect plug connector (3) for direction indicators.


  8. Disconnect plug connector (4) for outside temperature sensor.


  9. Remove bumper towards front with a second person helping.

 

When you are reinstalling there is some play in the adjusting bolts that let you line up the hood to front bumper. You can raise the bumper up and down and right to left a little to make the body panels match up. When you are reinstalling make sure to close the hood and check the clearance between the bumper cover and hood (bonnet – sorry!)

 

In addition, the wiring harness for the side markers and directional indicators look identical. The one with the long wires goes to the front turn signals and the shorter wires go to the side markers. Note where the wires run through the MDE and when you are reattaching make sure not to pinch any wires.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 8)

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Removing and installing, sealing or replacing oil sump

 

  1. Place oil catch pan under car
  2. Unscrew oil drain plug (1).


  3. Drain engine oil.

 

After work is done and during reassembly

  1. Tightening torque, 11 13 1AZ
  2. Top up engine oil.
  3. Start engine and run until oil indicator lamp goes out.
  4. Switch off engine and wait approx. 5 minutes.
  5. Check engine oil level.
  6. Top up if necessary.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 9)

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Removing and installing/replacing carrier for front bumper trim

 

  1. Remove cable (1) for outside temperature sensor from carrier (2).

    Replacement only:

    Fit left/right air distributor (3) in new carrier (2).

     


 

  1. Version (A):

    Release nuts (1) and screws (2) on left/right.

    Detach carrier for front bumper trim.

    Installation note:

    Nuts:

    Tightening torque 51 11 3AZ .

    Screws:

    Tightening torque 51 11 4AZ .

     


 

Version (B):

Release nuts (1) and screws (2) on left/right.

Detach carrier (3) for front bumper trim.

Installation note:

Nuts:

Tightening torque 51 11 3AZ .

Screws:

Tightening torque 51 11 4AZ .

 


 

  1. Unscrew bolt (1).

    Tightening torque 31 11 5AZ .

    Release screws (2).

    Tightening torque 31 11 3AZ .


     

  2. Pull off bumper bracket forwards from front axle support. You may need a sledge hammer to gentle pound the entire assembly off.

     

    Note: When you pull the bumper brackets off the front axle support there are two small plastic pyramids that may come loose in the front axle support. Just tap them back in prior to reassemble.

DIY (Do It Yourself) Oil Gasket Replacement for Mini Cooper S R53 (Part 10)

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Removing and installing, sealing or replacing oil sump

 

  1. Remove impact tube.


  2. Lower front end module and fit special tools 11 8 401 and 11 8 402 . Or use Home Depot Bolts you bought.

     

    By doing this it allows you to extend the front of the engine several inches so that you can get tools in to remove other parts. The radiator, intercooler and entire front end moves forward. You want to take care not to have one end drop or to bend weirdly otherwise you could break a coolent or AC hose! The front end “hangs” on these bolts you put into place.

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