'04 Cooper cooling issues fixed - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > All Models & Variants > General Discussion


General Discussion Use this forum to discuss MINI topics which are not related to other forums. Posts may be moved from here to alternative forums by the moderators without notice

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
Mini Cooper S engine issues TrevS First Generation MINI Cooper S 4 May 4th, 2014 11:29 AM
2004 Cooper Sat Nav Issues? Littlenminx Welcome New Members 1 Apr 6th, 2014 01:46 AM
Mini Cooper s engine issues jakvette General Discussion 0 Feb 12th, 2014 06:49 PM
2006 Cooper S Starting issues phiebs First Generation Faults & Fixes 1 Nov 1st, 2012 04:19 PM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old May 17th, 2014, 03:19 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 5
Local Time: 12:28 PM
United Kingdom
'04 Cooper cooling issues fixed

Bought an '04 Cooper for the wife knowing that it had an issue with the cooling system. Got half way home from picking it up (private sale) and it dumped all it's coolant on the road, and then wouldn't restart.

Got on to this forum, and others, and from scratch learnt everything I needed to know to fix the issues. Diagnosed a duff low-speed fan, learnt how to install a new one, learnt about coolant type and mix, and how to fill and bleed the system. Also searched for all the parts on the internet.

I'm not a professional mechanic, just a moderately enthusiastic amateur. I did the whole job in a couple of evenings of reading and diagnosing, and about 3 hours of wrenching start-to-finish.

It is necessary to take the front bumper off to fit the new fan, but no-one should be scared of that - its nowhere near as dificult as some on the net will have you believe. You DON'T need to jack the car, remove the wheels, or remove the wheel arch liners. I just turned the wheels to one side and got in there with a 3/8 drive ratchet to undo the two 8mm bolts on the corners of the bumper. All the other fixings are simple and accessible and the bumper cover and bumper bar are light and easy to handle.

Thanks to everyone who posted stuff that was useful for this fix, they've made my wife very happy - aren't car forums great?

David
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Skidado For This Useful Post:
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old May 17th, 2014, 03:33 PM
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: South london
Posts: 1,165
Local Time: 12:28 PM
United Kingdom Male
Hi ya

Nice post many people take the info, which is good. but never do a little thank you or feed back

Top marks fella :-)
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old May 24th, 2014, 10:32 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 5
Local Time: 12:28 PM
United Kingdom
Thanks for your comments Marque.

I have done some further research on cooling fans (seems they fail regularly) and in the states there is a relatively cheap replacement resistor kit available throught RockAuto.com. On their website the part is offered to UK customers at 12.95, but with 16 shipping from the US! (see attached screenshot).

It also says that this part is suitable only for US-spec cars, but I suspect this is just to stop people in the UK buying them instead of a whole new fan assembly

We need some enterprising soul to get hold of a bunch of these parts and either offer them on the UK market, or to repair failed fans (there must be thousands in scrap yards across the country) and offer them cheaper than new parts.

I'd do it, but I don't have the industry contacts. Who can help us?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Rock auto page.jpg
Views:	7
Size:	25.5 KB
ID:	174826  
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


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
Mini Cooper S engine issues TrevS First Generation MINI Cooper S 4 May 4th, 2014 11:29 AM
2004 Cooper Sat Nav Issues? Littlenminx Welcome New Members 1 Apr 6th, 2014 01:46 AM
Mini Cooper s engine issues jakvette General Discussion 0 Feb 12th, 2014 06:49 PM
2006 Cooper S Starting issues phiebs First Generation Faults & Fixes 1 Nov 1st, 2012 04:19 PM

» Recent Threads
Have fun with your friends and family on Christmas
Today 11:19 AM
Last post by Spainchristmas
Today 11:19 AM
0 Replies, 1 Views
Wind deflectors
Today 08:09 AM
by Jo42
Last post by Angib
Today 11:06 AM
1 Replies, 66 Views
2009 Radio Software Update
Jul 29th, 2014 03:30 PM
by Tom_P
Last post by kurleecobra
Today 10:50 AM
4 Replies, 271 Views
URGENT - Crash in France
Today 09:47 AM
Last post by MiniIssue
Today 09:47 AM
0 Replies, 31 Views
URGENT - Crash in France
Today 09:46 AM
Last post by MiniIssue
Today 09:46 AM
0 Replies, 30 Views
Rear spoiler for Mini Cooper 2007-2013 - Yes or no?
Today 09:18 AM
by carid
Last post by carid
Today 09:18 AM
0 Replies, 49 Views
Body Flex - roof wont raise !
Jul 29th, 2014 08:52 PM
Last post by The Nun
Today 08:53 AM
3 Replies, 286 Views
automatic transmission fluid
Jul 28th, 2014 12:03 PM
Last post by Valvashon
Today 05:54 AM
1 Replies, 292 Views
R50 Crankshaft replacement @ 51387 Miles
Apr 26th, 2010 02:38 PM
by rab-67
Last post by David.R53
Today 03:41 AM
13 Replies, 5,177 Views
The wifes cooper (eventually)
Jul 28th, 2014 11:40 PM
Last post by cantfindthegenepool
Yesterday 08:04 PM
2 Replies, 323 Views
Brake Mods? Opinions wanted
Yesterday 07:18 PM
Last post by neilmimi
Yesterday 07:18 PM
0 Replies, 134 Views
How much should i sell my mini for?!?!?
Yesterday 06:55 PM
Last post by kimrosexx
Yesterday 06:55 PM
0 Replies, 146 Views
MINI Trailer project?
Jul 29th, 2014 06:27 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by Angib
Yesterday 04:39 PM
3 Replies, 276 Views
First Left-Hand Drive Driving School
Jul 29th, 2014 06:46 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by Angib
Yesterday 04:25 PM
2 Replies, 257 Views
Mini JCW buying advice needed!
Yesterday 03:57 PM
Last post by Sidisking
Yesterday 04:04 PM
2 Replies, 155 Views
DIY catalytic coverter questions
Yesterday 03:38 PM
Last post by Burkee52
Yesterday 03:44 PM
1 Replies, 135 Views
Mini Cooper Clubman Power Loss
Jul 19th, 2014 04:14 PM
Last post by marque
Yesterday 03:09 PM
2 Replies, 397 Views
Strange Braking Noise
Jan 28th, 2014 08:27 PM
Last post by kushil
Yesterday 02:46 PM
9 Replies, 1,398 Views
opening the boot - am i being special??
May 4th, 2014 12:20 AM
Last post by Richard of the Hills
Yesterday 01:45 PM
14 Replies, 1,250 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:28 AM.



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