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Old Apr 27th, 2014, 01:08 AM
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Fluid top ups

Hi all I'm new to minis. Bought a second hand 2002 cooper R50 auto last week and was just wondering where in Brisbane I can find somewhere that sells all of the mini recommended fluids I need (oil, coolant, power steering, brake, auto transmission) at reasonable prices. Also what brands/types of each should I be using? Thanks for your help!

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Old Apr 27th, 2014, 12:43 PM
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PHOENIX LUBRICANTS in Victoria sell CHF 11S in 1 litre tins, I used Penrite LDAS at around $34 a litre as its a replacement if you cant get the CHF 11S.

Penrite also do the DOT 4 brake fluid and have a choice of HPR 5 (5W-40), HPR 10 (10W-50) and Racing 10 (10W-40) engine oil.

4 YR LONG DRAIN AFAB Coolant, BMW N 600 69.0 Approved and CVT FLUID V Mini Cooper EZL 799 for the auto trans.

Most like Autobarn and Repco etc will stock it, as per prices, shop around but non of it will be cheap.

Just a note of caution, check your power steering fluid (use a syringe) to draw a little out and make sure its Green and not Red. I have had intermittent Power Steering issues since I took possession of my 2002 R50 5 speed partly caused by a dead cooling fan that is a 20 min replacement (fan remounted on the bracket with bolts after drilling out the rivets holding the old fan on) with persistent fails due to heat build up, I checked the PS fluid and found someone had used cheaper normal PS fluid which is incorrect and can damage the pump. After flushing the old fluid out and replacing it with the LDAS (if you cant get CHF 11S) and bleeding the system, the pump is running smoother, slightly quieter and as yet, no heat failure issues.

If your PS pump packs in , an OEM ZF will cost from $900 to $1100 and fans are around $240 average. BMW charge you $2000.00 to supply and fit the fan and pump so if your handy, you can do a swap in an afternoon and save about $900 to $1000.

Masterparts.com.au have a range of parts like filters etc and can ship overnight or next day by express post, Good service and for most parts, not a bad price.

Hope this helps

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Old Apr 27th, 2014, 11:15 PM
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Thanks! I just checked the power steering fluid and mine is red aswell!! So I'll definitely be changing that. What colour is the coolant supposed to be? Mine is a red/orange kind of colour. Is this wrong aswell?
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My coolant is Blue but again that could be incorrect due to the last owner.

Your power steering should be green, I purchased a hand pump from Supercheap Auto for $20 and removed the fluid from the Reservoir.

Unbolt the reservoir bracket from the firewall and remove the reservoir from the 2 low pressure lines and pumped the excess out of the lines. If you look at the front of the reservoir where the front hose connects, you will see an arrow indicating the direction of flow for that hose, remember the front hose is the intake FROM the reservoir to the Pump.

Get some clear PVC pipe from Bunnings and a double end connector that fits (I used garden hose extenders, 19mm from memory) and clamp the clear line with connector to the REAR hose as this is the return line from the Steering rack and place the hose in a 2 litre plastic coke bottle.

Reconnect the FRONT hose ( this is the low pressure line from the reservoir to the Pump).

On the reservoir rear connection, place a small length of clear hose with the end clamped off to close it.

You will also need to replace the hose clamps if they are the original ones with ones you can screw tight !

With the reservoir connected back to the front hose (runs to the pump), fill the reservoir and let it drain into the pump.

With the front wheels off the ground, start the car and keep pouring the new fluid into the reservoir until the fluid running into the plastic coke bottle is green.

Then turn the ignition off and reconnect the rear hose to the Reservoir, refill the reservoir and bleed the power steering. Remember to turn the steering slowly to from lock to lock to several times to purge any air. Let it stand for 30 mins and then re purge the steering and look for air bubbles whilst keeping the reservoir topped off ( get a mate to help you).

Should take no more than 1.75 litres of fluid to flush and change it over so you will need two bottles.

Don't forget when you tighten the new hose clamps, the fitting is Plastic and not metal so don't over tighten them. Check for leaks and take for a test drive.

Hope this makes sense.
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