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Old Feb 14th, 2014, 11:54 PM
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DIY Transmission Noise...

So my R53 2005 Cooper S (6 speed manual) makes an interesting noise when I accelerate and let go of the acceleration pedal while in gear... kind of like a tin can rattling against something.

The odometer reads almost 84k miles, and I have no idea if the clutch has ever been replaced (probably not). Is the noise I'm hearing from the throwout bearing on its last legs or is it a sign of a deeper issue with the transmission?

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I would like to replace the clutch myself due to the INSANE price quote I got from the closest MINI dealer ($1700 USD! 2/10 of what I paid for the car). I've done it before (in a Toyota however), and being unfamiliar with BMW, what tools are required for that job?

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The R53 Dual-Mass flywheels have been known to make a rattling noise when worn, so I would replace it along with the throw out/release bearing and the crankshaft rear main oil seal while the gearbox is out for the clutch replacement.

In the UK an R53 Clutch Replacement is around 550 fitted:
Clutch Kit Supplied & Fitted - R53. MINI - Servicing - Repairs - Tuning - Parts - Spares

Here is a useful DIY guide for R53 Mini Clutch replacement:
Pelican Technical Article: MINI Cooper - Clutch Replacement
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The R53 Dual-Mass flywheels have been known to make a rattling noise when worn, so I would replace it along with the throw out/release bearing and the crankshaft rear main oil seal while the gearbox is out for the clutch replacement.

In the UK an R53 Clutch Replacement is around 550 fitted:
Clutch Kit Supplied & Fitted - R53. MINI - Servicing - Repairs - Tuning - Parts - Spares

Here is a useful DIY guide for R53 Mini Clutch replacement:
Pelican Technical Article: MINI Cooper - Clutch Replacement

Good to know. I had never heard a noise like that from a manual trans before. I'll be ordering a clutch kit soon from Pelican, I ordered some things there before and I loved it, but I hadn't seen that tech article. Thanks!

Any idea about how long the current flywheel would last? Is there some sort of imminent failure that comes after this noise? I'm not asking because I want to run it into the ground before replacing (that's just not smart), I just won't be able to get around to it for a few weeks.
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The DMF flywheels can make an annoying rattling noise (usually heard at idle) for some time before replacement is essential, dual mass flywheels are basically 2 seperate flywheels linked together with springs and rubber to damp out vibrations in the drive train. However it is best not to ignore for too long.....also try to get confirmation the sound is due to the DMF before strip down as these flywheels are quite expensive to replace. Some owners have fitted aftermarket 'solid' flywheels but these can sometimes cause harshness, clutch judder and other problems.
The Mini DMF explained:
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