May 1st, 2012, 07:52 PM
My names Rachel and I have just purchased my first mini. Its a 2007 mini one convertible. i'm really happy with my purchase but alittle worried over a few things. :(
1) the oil light just came on, i checked it and it was fine. the garage said it had been serviced. looks like new oil on the dipstick too. I've already driven about 50miles since collecting my car and it came on tonight once i was stationary.
2) i am missing caps in the engine from the coolant tank and also another from somewhere i cant even recognise. its the opposite side, same place as the brake fluid reservoir!! can anyone identify this and also suggest somewhere for replacements??
cant wait for some sunshine!!:cool::cool:
May 1st, 2012, 10:12 PM
Please post pics. We'll try to work out what you're missing.
Not good at all that your garage is sending you astray like this.
- if the oil light comes on it means the engine is already starving for oil to pump around the engine. If there is oil up to the line on the dipstick this could indicate your oil pump is not working properly.
- the caps are essential. Especially the coolant cap. I don't know about the Ray/One/Cooper (non-turbo) but the turbo S, JCW, Diesel the cap pressurises the cooling system to make the radiator / fans work correctly.
May 5th, 2012, 03:43 PM
Hi I have just had an oil light problem, my problems started when I recently carried out an oil and filter change, I have had a couple of BMW Mini's since 2005 and I am used to doing most of the mechanical work on them. However after the oil change my Oil waring light came on at idle when hot but went out when revving, but subsequently it stayed on permanently once warm. I knew I had put the filter in the right way complete with the plastic cage and spring (pre 2004 models only) there were no leaks and the dipstick showed full. When the light came on the car ran fine, no noises, not overheating or performance issues or any other indicators. It only happened once the engine was warm. I decided to go for the cheap option £9.25 including p&P and change the oil pressure switch myself. I found jacking up the car with the front offside wheel off gave me the best access. When I eventually managed to get the connector off, after struggling for 10-15 minutes!! I realised after this that there was a locking slide on the connector, you need to push it towards you then press the release clip on the top and it comes off very easily! immediately I saw oil in the connector, although I didn't have any oil on the road each night etc it was apparent that the oil was leaking through the switch, I removed the old switch, installed the new one, reconnected the wire and put the wheel back on. I have now driven for 20 miles and no light!
If you can't do this work yourself it should be relatively cheap at a garage probably 1 hours labour plus parts, I bought the part on line for £4.85 plus £3.80 P&P.
I am now very happy that it was nothing more serious and I hope your problem may be the same.
My car is a 2002 Mini Cooper with 104,000miles on the clock.