R52 Mini Cooper S Convertable - Damage to Engine Mount Point - Help!
I own a 2007 Mini Cooper S Convertible - Sidewalk edition that was involved in an accident recently in Doha, Qatar. We drive the US-style LHD versions of the Mini here. The car was struck from behind and it was propelled towards a large SUV, the tow hook of the SUV penerated the Mini's hood and hit the Air Intake and the Engine Mount. Due to the retarded rules here, the Insurance company is only giving us the option to repair the vehicle from a non-BMW dealership. The garage says they can weld the parts together but wont guarantee its life. I've attached pictures of the damage. How bad is the damage here? Can it be salvaged?
The piece seems to be part of the main engine assembly, but is there any chance that it's available separately? Any help would be appreciated!
Last edited by suhailrehman; Mar 20th, 2014 at 10:45 AM.
If its broken the engine mounting, you can bet theres more damage present that you can actually see there and could have knocked the subframe out of line too if the engines had that much of an impact, so make sure they, whoever does the job check the body alignment too?
Thanks for the help. I googled around to find the parts diagrams, and luckily the Engine Support Bracket is the part that got broken, so that part is available online (ECS Tuning). There's also some damage to the supercharger intake hose (i think). The whole hood will also need to be replaced. Hopefully the car can be salvaged soon.
Thanks Guys! I'm glad i took the time to do a bit of research to find the right parts. I'll get all the engine mounts replaced for sure. My company allows me to get personal packages shipped in along with their weekly consignments (up to 20 pounds) so I guess I'm lucky that way, considering the prices (and the procurement delays) of the local BMW dealer here.
Attached is an illustration of the Further damage to the engine block. The portion around the blue line has broken off. Workshop says they can fabricate the broken piece and weld it in place. I'm a bit iffy about that. What do you guys think?
Yes it can be done, they do that type of thing on vintage engines where you just cant get a replacement anywhere as none exist, if done properly by an expert welder used to dealing with aluminium castings it should be as good as new.
Depends a little on the degree of stripping down the job needs to do the repair?, as it will need machining on the face afterwards and you dont want to get dirt into the engine innards, also sometimes when welding castings you have to preheat it in an oven first otherwise the repair will just crack as it cools.
Its a balance between labour and time really.
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