Newbie questions - servicing and preventative death rattle measures
Shortly going to be picking up my R56 Cooper S and have some questions if I may?
1) It has done 14.5k miles and is a 2008 model. It has had 2 x services at BMW so I'm assuming another is due now? I normally get a full service done when I buy a new car rather than the PDI service (oil and filter) 'included' with it. This variable servicing thing is confusing to a simpleton like me... so, what in theory is due on the car from its schedule? OR more specifically what would you have done?
2) From inspection by me I think the brake discs / pads could do changing soon too - quite badly corroded so was thinking about doing that at the same time. Part of the process would be brake fluid which I believe is recommended to be changed every two years anyway?
3) I'd be looking to avoid the death rattle issue (not currently present). Do people have the modified tensioner done as a preventative measure?
What you could do is go to your local MINI dealer and quote the number plate and ask for a print out of any warranty work or at least get them to say if its had the timing chain fixed at any point..it would show if it had been done at a dealers..if he hasn't I would think very hard before buying it.
1) The variable servicing thing or to give its correct title CBS (condition based servicing) is dependent on driving style and other variables. If you drive your 'S' like a Nun, you can expect greater intervals between visits to the garage.
2) The cars condition can be accessed from the indicator stalk. There is lots of info available including service messages about MOT date, front and rear pad condition as well as when a dealer service is due.
3) As for the death rattle, I had the tensioner done on my 07 MCS. I don't think there is a lot you can do about it. Even if it has been replaced, it can return, although this is not that common I think. You need to factor in additional oil changes. It is recommended on here and other forums that the CBS leaves it far too long between oil changes. I change my oil and filter every 6k.
Also, oil 'usage' can be high. Check your oil every week. Remember, there is no low oil light just a NO oil light!!
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