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Old Jun 1st, 2014, 11:53 PM
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Cooper S R53 serviced, MOT'd, oil changed and it just started leaking oil

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I just bought a 2006 Mini Cooper S R53 from a "specialist" dealer in London two weeks ago. The car came with full service history, 44000 warranted miles, a full service before leaving the car park, an MOT and an oil change. The car seemed in good condition, and no warnings lights have come on, but I noticed last week that it has started leaking oil on to my driveway. Wherever the engine is sat, there will be quite a sizeable patch of oil the next morning or the following few days if it's left. Attached are some pictures of inside the bonnet and the oil on the driveway. As you can probably imagine, I'm a bit gutted that this has happened only two weeks into my ownership of the car, because it has made such an impression on me. You guys are probably sick of newbies coming on to the forum requesting answers for all their problems, but if anyone has any ideas as to what this might be, or whether it's a common issue with this year/generation of car, that would be great.

I'm going to get in touch with the dealer tomorrow and see what he can do to make it right. I've got one of those "bronze" Warrantywise warranties, so I don't know whether that'll be worth anything, but I should be covered as a consumer anyway. Fingers crossed.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2014, 01:04 AM
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Hi & welcome, it could be a number of places where the oil could be leaking from but the most common is rocker cover gssket or sump gasket. With the amount you have on your driveway in so little time I would have thought that the dealer you bought it from should be sorting this out for you
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Hmm thats really bad, a Torrey Canyon sized slick, take it back to them, thats hardly a minor issue, it needs sorting now.
Have you asked the previous owner if they had the same trouble? sometimes thats why they get rid of it to start with?

Could be something simple like they disturbed or not tightened something up when they did the service?
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Phew, it was just a rubber seal around the top of the oil filter which had a nick in it, causing oil to come out. It was replaced and topped up for free and now it all seems to be good again.

Thanks for the input guys.
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This is common on both genuine and non genuine filters it often gets overtightned or not put in correct groove resulting in above oil leak beware some dubious garages will try get you replace the housing so always try a new 0 ring common problem and im glad you got it sorted...
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