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Old Mar 1st, 2014, 07:36 AM
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Australia Servicing in Perth WA & couple of other problems....

HI Forumites,
Recently purchased a Mini Cooper, this weekend is service weekend getting things the way I like them, first thing drain the oil......... problem number 1, sump plug so tight it just would not undo, rounded the nut off and ended up drilling it out, sump plug now out, oil drained.

Problem number two, noticed when going over the hoist bump in the middle that the drivers wheel has about 25 mm of movement back to front, found the back bush on the wishbone flogged out, question how easy is this to do? The two 18 mm bolts look like they will be a challenge to say the least. I don't have a lot of time is this an easy job or a nightmare?

Problem number three, drivers side drive shaft inner boot is split, has to be replaced, again, how easy?

Should I decide to take the easy route here is there a Mini garage local to say Armadale, don't mind traveling a bit just would like to find a good garage, time isn't something I have a lot of right now. I'm not looking for a KMart, Auto masters type place, I would prefer some one who specialises a bit.

Thanks for any assistance rendered.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2014, 01:21 PM
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Hi There,
So this one proved to be in the to hard basket, interesting.......... well the job has now got just that bit bigger. This afternoon I realised that I had two choices the easy option as mentioned above or get stuck in, so I took the latter option.

The front sub frame is nearly off now, found a few other dodgy bits on the way through which I'll also have to fix.

If anybody can tell me the best place to get Mini bits from without paying a small fortune for them I would be very grateful.

Thanks in anticipation.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2014, 10:31 AM
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Hi There,
Is there anybody out there.........................?

This is more of a blog than a thread, so today, had a day off went for a bit of a drive in a car that works.... Got home and decided to carry on delving deeply into the Minis inner most workings, all in all this is a well assembled bus now I've got past what others have played with.

A few more nuts and bolts here and there the bumper came off that's gone to a neighbour for spraying, the paint is peeling off around the air vents and the chrome implants.

A few more bits and pieces and the sub frame came off, brilliant, easier than I thought, the power steering reservoir was a bit of a challenge getting past the O2 sensor wire, once that was sorted all good, now I can see the infamous bushes, one is shot and now looking at the other side that one isn't to flash either.

So I'll now wait for the parts off flea bay, the power steering pump is a bit moist so I'll give that a wash down and see if I can see where the leak is coming from.

Just got to find a gearbox now and change that out. I've gone this far may as well carry on.

Don't worry about the service centre I have obviously decided to do this myself, my wife will have to hold off selling her car whilst I continue to fix this one up.
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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 01:56 PM
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Hi There,
So the story continues, found the only second-hand CVT gearbox for a 2004 Mini in Australia in Adelaide, it is now winging its way to Perth in a Securicor truck with a police escort............
I was offered a recon job which started at $550 for s strip and report, no commitment on the overall cost at the end, entirely based on findings, thoughts were it would more than likely cost around $3k all up, that was without the oil flow test which apparently has to be done on recon units before they will work properly, and has to be done by a BMW agent. Cha ching cha ching...!!!

Found a gearbox for a 2007 Mini which I later found out won't fit in a 2004 Mini, not without spending half the value of the car making it work. I phoned around a few wreckers in Perth, all giving me a different price for the same gearbox than the actual wrecker with the gearbox, who obviously was the cheapest.

Apparently a Mini with 225,000 klm on the clock is regarded as high mileage vehicle, a lot were surprised that the box had lasted that long, the conversation usually started with a sharp intake of breath.

So I now await the arrival of the second hand gearbox and thank you to the forum for the gearbox filling and bleeding procedure, plus the advice on the right oil to use. How could I have ever assumed this exercise would be both simple and cheap.....

the vehicle is proving to be a steep learning exercise, almost vertical to be quite honest, I was hoping to hear more from the forum, I'm used to dealing with Land Rover where help comes from all angles, the Mini marque seems to be a tad more reserved, looking forward to hearing from someone eventually.

I'll keep you in touch with progress........... Cheers Marty.
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Hi Again,
Small amount of progress, however more learning. Removed the control arms from the front sub frame, spent some time looking for an allen key the right side to remove the control arm bush from the control arm. Another lesson for the Mini novice, the allen key recesses aren't actually anything to be undone, these are a solid component, the bush actually (with some persuasion with a grinder) slides off....ah ha.

Spent the rest of my time this evening taking pictures of everything to make sure everything goes back where it came from, more concerned about cable routing which is normally where I tend to come undone.

More to follow shortly..............
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Sounds like it was a good idea to be doing the work yourself, I paid just under $3k (inc new clutch) to get my 5 speed manual Getrag reconditioned due to a broken bolt tumbling around inside the gearbox.

I guess it helps to have access to a hoist where you can leave the car for a while whilst you're repairing it.

Looks like you managed to make time after all
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Old Mar 7th, 2014, 11:46 AM
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Hi Burnstar,
Thanks for the response, you are my first replier. You are right about the time and you are also right about the hoist. Took my wifes car off sale and decided to get everything done at once, that makes the car reliable and keeps the brand in her favour.

Returning to the blog entry, the engine is now out and the gearbox separated, just waiting now for the gearbox to arrive from Adelaide.

Some learnings from today, having the hoist is a god send, lifting the engine out forward would have been awkward with the air con rad and compressor. Lifting the car off the engine is the way to go, a lot easier.

Some hints and tips if you are planning on doing what I am doing, buy a heater hose connector, the one with the bleed screw at the back of the engine, before you start the job, you will break it trying to get the hoses off.

Buy an aftermarket tranny filter, I was quoted near $250 for a genuine one, apparently when the tranny oil is changed at a proper garage the filter only ever gets cleaned, not replaced, something to bear in mind. I know a genuine one is the right way to go, however I would rather put in a $20 new one than a washed genuine one. I took mine apart and found silver shards in it, nuff said.

Also, tranny gasket is over $100 (genuine), the first time I pay that much for a gasket is the day after hell freezes over.

The one connection I forgot to disconnect was the vacuum connection to the brake servo, theres always one, no damage done caught it early.

I know I'm going to regret asking this, the circular plate in the centre of the flywheel, is this supposed to move? It is not loose, requires effort, however it does move independently of the flywheel..............anybody?

Finally, under my fuse box, some of the connections were definitely looking a bit worse for the wear, maybe something to check.

Thanks in anticipation. Pictures below of the days achievements.
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Hi Marty, if you're looking for technical advice then you might find Northamericanmotoring.com a better place to look.
Here's a few threads relating to the CVT

Has anyone had their cvt rebuilt?? - North American Motoring

Busted CVT options - North American Motoring

R50 Drivetrain :: Getrag 6-Speed Swap - Full How-To - North American Motoring

Realoem has a list of all parts
RealOEM.com * Online BMW Parts Catalog

Perth has a very small MINI population and few specialists.The only one I know of is BM Techniks in Bayswater, don't know of anyone down your way.

The early R50 transmissions were prone to failure, both the 5 speed manual; and the CVT, both were replaced with 6 speed boxes on later R50 models.

Good luck with your work on this one, I hope your wife appreciates it.

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Hi Mike,
Ah Ha, that explains a lot, thanks for the links, I'll use them, and have already, I see a lot of Minis knocking around Perth I expected the forum to e more active.

yes my wife does appreciate the effort, however having just bought the Mini she is itching to get out and about in it, having to wait for so long is a bit frustrating.
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Old Mar 19th, 2014, 02:22 PM
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Hi There,
Big weekend last weekend, engine and gearbox have met and now are installed. The second -hand gearbox is a gem, sounds perfect, quiet as a mouse.
All that remains now is the replacement of the front body panel when that gets back from the paint shop.

The cooling water system was a challenge to bleed, all loos good now, and the heater works.

One remaining item of interest is the oil leve in the CVT gearbox. I followed the procedure and the gearbox works fine, I put exactly 4.6 litres in of the correct oil, ran through all the gears (sort of), great. Then I went to check the oil level using what I believe to be the level plug on the R/H side of the engine below the cover, looking through the near side wheel arch. I got the plug almost out and was met with a lot of pressure, reading the book the engine should be on and in the park position, oil temp was about 46 degrees C, I wasn't expecting pressure.

I then switched the engine off and again tried to remove the plug, engine off gearbox in P. No pressure this time but oil. What is the right way. On both occasions very little oil escaped so I'm not overly concerned about not having enough oil in the box.

A lot of articles say as long as you put 4.5 litres of oil in you are right, is this the answer?

One last thing, how do I reset the oil inspection interval on the speedo? I suspect it is somewhere on the forum, I couldn't find it

Thanks in anticipation..
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