Pre-Road Trip Tips please! - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > Model Specific MINI Forums > MINI Cooper > First Generation MINI Cooper


First Generation MINI Cooper MINI Cooper from 2001 - 2006

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lassen Road Trip 2014 - August 9-11 m3dragon Northern California Region 6 Sep 5th, 2014 04:14 PM
Mammoth, Devils Postpile, Yosemite Road Trip September 20-21 2014 m3dragon Northern California Region 2 Sep 2nd, 2014 03:48 PM
Redwoods Road Trip 2014 m3dragon Northern California Region 5 May 8th, 2014 04:27 AM
My First Road Trip roytahtinen Photos, Photoshops, Videos & Showcases 4 Apr 7th, 2014 04:09 PM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Jul 21st, 2014, 11:49 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: London
Posts: 2
Local Time: 04:42 AM
United Kingdom Male
United-Kingdom Pre-Road Trip Tips please!

Hello!

I’m new to posting here, but have looked for the "house rules" and hope not to be breaking any. I've been an enthusiastic forum reader for the past few months and have now bought a 2005 R52 Mini Cooper S convertible which my partner and I have plans to take on a 4,000ish mile round trip through Europe. Route is: France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Germany and Belgium, and we depart in about a month.

I’ve had a search through the forums and have picked up some invaluable info on things not to forget, so thanks for the tips so far. However, after a brief flicker of the temperature light last weekend (more details below) I’m now thinking it might be a good idea to have a specialist give a few important components a once over before we set off. The car has a “full service history” with over 9,000 miles until the next one is due (according to its computer) but I understand there’s a whole host of issues which might jeopardise our trip regardless.

We don’t want to spend unnecessary hundreds, but likewise don’t want to be 1,000 miles in and blow a gasket, for example. Something like that would spell “game over”. With that in mind, (i) I’d be really grateful if people could offer their view on the most important pre-flight checks to perform, either by me or a local specialist.

On a specific note, (ii) I could also use a brief bit of info re the temp light issue. We took the mini for a brief run down to Bristol last weekend. It was the hottest weekend of the year and really great fun. However, I noticed that when we’d pulled over briefly the temperature light (not gauge, factory nav) flicked on briefly. It later did it again for a few minutes while in traffic. Each time the light went out again pretty shortly after resuming driving at speeds above 10mph. Upon inspection, the coolant reservoir was bone dry, so I picked up some coolant from a nearby Halfords and topped it up to “max” line. I allowed the engine to cool for at least 15 mins before pouring in the mixture, but it only took about 1L before reaching “max”.

Today I checked and the reservoir was empty again. This suggests a leak to me. However, I’ve seen other sites mention that the coolant capacity is 6L, so is there a possibility that it just took some time for the coolant to filter into the system, or is it most likely a leak? Looks like reservoir bottles, radiators and thermostat housings are weak in this model, so may be culprits.

Only other relevant bit of info is that just prior to heading to Bristol we had the garage we bought the car from fix the auto aircon unit, which had a faulty compressor. I mention this on the off chance that they may have removed the coolant and forgot to top it back up again.

Cheers in advance for taking the time to read. I hope to be able to contribute some info regarding getting green algae out of the convertible roof shortly (fingers crossed tonight’s third ordeal with Auto Glym has finally solved this issue, but will have to check the roof once fully dry in the morning).

I've attached a pic of the car (not the roof algae!) for those that appreciate that sort of thing.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Mini.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	66.8 KB
ID:	176953  

Last edited by StuJohns; Jul 22nd, 2014 at 10:23 AM. Reason: To clarify R52 is a MCS
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Jul 22nd, 2014, 11:48 PM
mab01uk's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 5,774
Local Time: 03:42 AM
United Kingdom Male
Hi and welcome to Mini2!

If the coolant got low their may now be air locks in the cooling system which must be carefully bleed out. This takes time and patience on Mini's but is essential, search Mini2 on 'bleeding' and lots of info should come up. Also check all the common leak points you mentioned like thermostat housing for leaks if level still drops.

If the heater ever blows cold when set to hot this indicates very low coolant in the system so stop driving asap.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply
Tags: , , ,



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lassen Road Trip 2014 - August 9-11 m3dragon Northern California Region 6 Sep 5th, 2014 04:14 PM
Mammoth, Devils Postpile, Yosemite Road Trip September 20-21 2014 m3dragon Northern California Region 2 Sep 2nd, 2014 03:48 PM
Redwoods Road Trip 2014 m3dragon Northern California Region 5 May 8th, 2014 04:27 AM
My First Road Trip roytahtinen Photos, Photoshops, Videos & Showcases 4 Apr 7th, 2014 04:09 PM

» Recent Threads
mini cooper 2007 won't start
Today 02:19 AM
by mc4400
Last post by mc4400
Today 02:19 AM
0 Replies, 26 Views
No power under 4000 rpm and hard start
Oct 29th, 2014 11:39 PM
Last post by scrappyloz
Today 01:41 AM
4 Replies, 694 Views
Cooper D DSC light and engine light
Yesterday 11:56 PM
by hyvrid
Last post by hyvrid
Yesterday 11:56 PM
0 Replies, 52 Views
Missing Functions
Yesterday 12:57 AM
Last post by SteveB00
Yesterday 11:08 PM
8 Replies, 255 Views
Aux function not showing up
Yesterday 10:57 PM
Last post by nahumbruhh
Yesterday 10:57 PM
0 Replies, 58 Views
Chrome trim for 51 plate Mini Cooper
Dec 13th, 2014 12:28 PM
Last post by jessybaby96
Yesterday 10:44 PM
4 Replies, 313 Views
Xenon lights problem
Dec 16th, 2014 07:49 PM
Last post by IloveMyMini1997
Yesterday 09:16 PM
4 Replies, 383 Views
How much do you pay in insurance?
Jul 24th, 2010 04:01 PM
Last post by anilox
Yesterday 07:38 PM
88 Replies, 34,772 Views
2008 mini cooper heating and fan problem
Yesterday 07:07 PM
Last post by gtsmyth23
Yesterday 07:07 PM
0 Replies, 83 Views
Key button Door Unlock
Yesterday 06:48 PM
Last post by ssoliman
Yesterday 06:48 PM
0 Replies, 75 Views
Airbag resistor value: 3.9 Ohms ? For sure ?
Nov 21st, 2003 09:18 PM
Last post by nixe66
Yesterday 06:30 PM
3 Replies, 1,876 Views
New MINI Cooper S Owners Roll Call.....
Nov 18th, 2006 10:20 PM
by Paul
Last post by RckStrGrl21
Dec 18th, 2014 09:59 PM
696 Replies, 171,184 Views
Does Increasing Horse Power On A Diesel 2.0 146Hp Dicrease Consumption?
Dec 16th, 2014 12:30 PM
by Bubu91
Last post by dirocyn
Dec 18th, 2014 09:43 PM
6 Replies, 384 Views
Distinct Thud under floor...
Dec 14th, 2014 07:33 AM
by stirlo
Last post by stirlo
Dec 18th, 2014 09:15 PM
3 Replies, 299 Views
Very Bad Rattle metal sound...
Dec 18th, 2014 12:50 PM
by stirlo
Last post by stirlo
Dec 18th, 2014 09:12 PM
2 Replies, 164 Views
Show me your R56 MCS and your old R53 MCS
Jul 20th, 2008 12:07 AM
by TDLC
Last post by LukaszKohut
Dec 18th, 2014 08:48 PM
18 Replies, 6,975 Views
Finding Final Stage (Hedgehog) Resistor
Jul 29th, 2014 09:48 PM
Last post by crackernibbles
Dec 18th, 2014 06:52 PM
18 Replies, 1,950 Views
This don't look right to me.
Dec 6th, 2014 03:04 AM
by Avro
Last post by Angib
Dec 18th, 2014 06:02 PM
10 Replies, 777 Views
Clutch Slipping
Dec 14th, 2014 04:48 PM
Last post by tominator1982
Dec 18th, 2014 04:50 PM
2 Replies, 223 Views
Reassemble glove box lock
Dec 18th, 2014 10:02 AM
by jpadie
Last post by jpadie
Dec 18th, 2014 04:41 PM
2 Replies, 187 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 03:42 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2