Hi everyone we just joined as my wife has herself a pink 2003 plate mini cooper s, so I am working on it refurbing the wheels, just serviced it and that sort of stuff.
then today got back to house parked up in the driveway, and a puddle has appeared underneath the front of car where radiator is, seems to be coolant so have jacked up and checked underneath and the radiator plastic end to the left as looking in seems to be pretty wet and the other side of the radiator at the top, there's a patch of the fins seem to be soaking wet also, so my conclusion is the radiator is knackered and a new one is required.
am pretty handy with a spanner and normally do all our own work and servicing etc, but wanted to ask first as new to these cars.
1. are these radiators bad for going or prone to leaking?
2. is there a best place all you guys get your parts in the UK? or just normal factors?
3. what coolant should we buy or is recommended as a full change will have to be done as radiator??
appreciate all and any help in advance.
Also am I maybe just as well fitting a brand new thermostat at the same time just encase this was the problem and back pressure burst the radiator, for the price of one maybe just as well while its apart?
not checked exactly where they are as of yet but normally always easy enough to get to?
Thanks for the advice folks, I always use comma for coolant changes on the Subaru's, how much is required for one these mini's then around 4-5 litres?
also when you say replace the coolant expansion tank are you meaning just with another oe plastic one, not noticed any leakage around the plastic bottle, however it may burn off dry before its looked at if it is leaking, I will look in to it tomorrow.
yeah I have read a few times now that the plastic header tanks are dodgy, the one in her car does look fine just now anyway, and no signs of leakage anywhere around about it, however I will bear it in mind and keep an eye out for a possible replacement one, normally we clean our engines up and upgrade the hoses and bits and pieces so they look half decent anyway, which normally means replacing random parts we have just not got round to that yet, just starting the bodywork, and refurbed the wheels the other day and done oil and filter and just getting to the engine now really
that's perfect I just ordered the 2 Litres of it then and will do a 50/50 mix giving around the 4 litres roughly, thanks for the help, new radiator ordered and should be all done for the weekend as long as the parts arrive tomorrow/ Friday.
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