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Old Feb 9th, 2014, 01:50 PM
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DIY Mini Cooper S engine issues

Hi all

I am new to the forum and have joined as we are having few issues with my wife's mini Cooper S. We've had the car nearly a year and it's done 89k miles. It's a 54 reg car.

So the issues we are as follows:
  • Car rattles, sounds like a tractor when idling. Noise disappears when clutch is pressed
  • When pulling away from junctions there is a squeal noise. We think it's coming from the clutch but not sure. Clutch doesn't appear to be slipping and it only happens 1 in 10 times pulling away.
  • Engine seems to drone/whine when cruising along in 5th/6th gear.

So overall the car is sounding rough and the squeal noise is very annoying. We've taken it to our local garage but they can't diagnose the squeaking issue so thought I ask on here to see if other owners had experienced similar issues

Any help would be much appreciated

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Hi ya

Is it a standard r53, if it is it Sounds like your dual mass flywheel is rattling or your thrust bearing is on it's way out.
your squealing sounds like a thrust bearing or you clutch plate is slightly glazed.
the drone / whine could possible be a wheel bearing or badly worn run flats.

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Throwout bearing bad. Might do whole clutch as you do not want to do twice. Clutch sets stock are $400 a set figure 4X the $ to do at dealer, take to an outsource. Can be done if a car guy good videos on youtube.

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