My g/f just grabbed an 04 Cooper (base) to go to / from work..... however this was her first manual and after 2 months of "learning" the already worn down clutch (from the previous owner) is toast.
I got a few quotes around my area for a clutch / pp / release bearing replace & brake flush (cuz it was probably never done)..... and the lowest I got back was near $1800 (without the actual parts.... just labour and fluids).
Now I'm a big VW / Audi guy myself, and I've changed countless clutches / flywheels on 1.8T's, VR6's, VRT's, 2.slow's..... I just finished a Peloquin LSD install on my 24v turbo as well. So I figure I'll do this one myself since she can't afford a 2 grand repair and I can grab an OEM clutch kit for $250.
I have a ridiculous amount of tools but do I need any Mini specific tools for a clutch job? Just want to make sure before I order stuff. I saw a shifter linkage tool.... $50... worth it? (I'm all about the right tool for the job btw.)
Also I was going over some DIY's that I found on the subject and I'm slightly puzzled..... why must the entire service carrier be removed and coolant drained just to drop the trans? Does the subframe need to be dropped just cuz there's no clearance to tilt the trans out? (I tried to link the DIY but I'm not allowed to yet.... it's MeV Engineering & Performance clutch, flywheel and LSD DIY.) If the subframe is dropped I'd need a new alignment, no? I'd like to avoid unnecessary expenses.
Also when I was calling for quotes a couple mechanics advised to replace the shift fork while the trans was down. Is the fork a common issue / problem with these trans, should I do that while I'm there as well?
I also noticed the OEM transmission fluid is ridiculous expensive.... $150 per 5L? Are there quality alternatives that u Mini guys use that cost less?
Does anyone have torque specs for the trans?
Anything else I'm missing?
Thanks in advance for any guidance you guys can provide.