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Old Mar 21st, 2014, 01:26 PM
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Smile MINI R56 engine Timing chain

Hi there
My first real post so please bear with me.

I have a Mini Cooper 2007 Facelift hatch. I have been told that the engine on this Cooper has a R56 engine, and therefore may have timing chain issues, that could catastrophically kill the engine. (check out the U.S. Videos about this issue)

Does anyone know if this is the case in the UK, and if so How do I check that my engine is in fact an R56 type....p.s. just bought the car, so Log book has not arrived yet.
Also How do i know if the engine is a Prince or a Tritec.

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Old Mar 21st, 2014, 01:41 PM
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R56 is the code for all second-gen MINI hatches, not for a specific engine. Prince engines are used in all petrol versions of the second-gen hatch, and the timing chain issue appears to be more common on the turbocharged Cooper S or JCW, not the standard Cooper.

Your car is an R56 if it there are no air inlets at the base of the windscreen, and the base of the wipers are partially hidden behind the top of the bonnet.
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Old Mar 21st, 2014, 01:48 PM
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MINI Cooper Timing chain issues

Hi Sailesh

many thanks for that, better to be safe than sorry.

I also have a question regarding the Boost Radio/CD. Mine does not have Bluetooth installed and I don't see an icon to upgrade the software on the screen. Is there a recommended or certain Bluetooth products (e.g. Parrot) that I can use to to upgrade the Radio.

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Old Mar 21st, 2014, 11:15 PM
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Hi,
my daughters mini cooper s is a 2007 R56, at 43000 the cam chain was noted on a service as rattling. They fitted a longer cam chain adjuster which stopped the problem but tis not a cure. At 51K it jumped a tooth on the cam so had to come apart. Result- new timing chain, sprockets, blades and adjusted. not a cheap job!
so be aware, a mini dealer said at 51K camchain was about due!
you have been warned!
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Old Mar 22nd, 2014, 04:05 PM
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I also have a question regarding the Boost Radio/CD. Mine does not have Bluetooth installed and I don't see an icon to upgrade the software on the screen. Is there a recommended or certain Bluetooth products (e.g. Parrot) that I can use to to upgrade the Radio.

If the car does not have Bluetooth installed, you can only add a separate Bluetooth product. Mini used to offer an installation kit to fit the Parrot MK3100 or MK3200 with neat custom holders (see below), but that doesn't seem to be offered any more. But it might be worth asking your Mini dealer's parts department to see if it is still available - though expect an eye-watering price.

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MINI 2007 Cooper Aux plug in for IPOD playback and Charge up

Hi there fellow MINI enthusiasts.

I have purchased a Auxiliary to Ipod cable for the MINI Cooper 2007 (Non Bluetooth)
The music plays great, but the IPOD doesn't charge!..I have replaced the cable for a new one, and tried several IPODS, but to no avail, they still don't charge the IPOD.

Does anyone else have the same issue, and if so have you discovered a fix.

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DIY Same Thing

My friend had the same trouble also BUT he then told me he got it from a little place called Krausers (it's a little convenience store) said it was a good price.

He then bought the correct one from Verizon and all was better. Guess it was not all that well made??????
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Smile Aux input cable Compatability Cooper 2007

Thanks for that

I did find out that prior to 2010 in the UK, these Aux cables don't work, (for Apple IPOD and /I-Phone 4) well it's NOT official, but two other Mini owners in West Sussex England, had the same problem, they also have Apple I-Phones One purchased an Aux cable from Amazon, the other used the famous auction site... Each one cost around 9.00 ($14.00) SO I wonder if it is something that is inherent!....with The Phone not the Car.

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