Mysterious Oil Leak :( - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > MINI Technical Forums > MINI Faults & Fixes > Second Generation Faults & Fixes


Second Generation Faults & Fixes MINI faults and fixes Late 2006 - Present

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
Coolant leak & Oil usage Zanhar 25 Second Generation Faults & Fixes 15 May 19th, 2014 07:55 AM
oil leak from oil filter housing kelv1962 General Discussion 1 Jan 7th, 2014 09:14 AM
Persistent Oil Leak ahughes76 Maintenance & MINI Care 1 Apr 22nd, 2013 08:26 PM
Low Oil Pressure - Filter Debris in Oil System??!! MissMac General Discussion 5 Apr 1st, 2013 10:23 AM
Crank sensor seal oil leak idea Shanos Maintenance & MINI Care 5 Feb 6th, 2013 06:56 PM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Apr 16th, 2014, 12:23 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 2
Local Time: 11:24 PM
United Kingdom
Mysterious Oil Leak :(

I bought a 2007 Mini Cooper S from a main dealer in February and its been causing me problems ever since.
The day I picked it up, the engine warning light came on because the engine was misfiring. Drove it back to the dealer who put it down to a lose wire.
On my way home the same thing happened again. I took it back and they kept it for a week. They adjusted the valve clearance and changed the ignition coils.
A few weeks later I noticed oil leaking from underneath the car. Booked it in for them to check it, they ended up changing the sump gasket and rocker breather seal. This didn't solve the leak even though they kept it for a week.
I took it back again; they said they changed the seal behind the flywheel. They asked to keep it, as this was a major job. A few days later there is oil leaking from the car in the same place.
I don't know what to do. Iíve only had it for a few months and want to burn it to the ground! What can I do?
Where else can the oil be leaking?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Apr 16th, 2014, 02:07 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3,051
Local Time: 11:24 PM
United Kingdom Male
It could be the engine breather system is clogged up or a pipe collapsed internally creating excess crankcase pressure, if this happens it will eventually blow oil by any seal, no matter how good it is??
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Apr 16th, 2014, 06:36 PM
MINI2 Senior
Offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 454
Local Time: 12:24 AM
Luxembourg Male
Surely you have some idea where the oil is coming from (back of engine, front, side...)? Is the oil filter cap on tight?

How much is leaking - are we talking a few drops or more? Suggest putting some cardboard down under the car to try to see where it's trickling down from.
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Apr 21st, 2014, 06:14 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 2
Local Time: 11:24 PM
United Kingdom
I get a drop or two after i have parked it. It gathers at the lowest point of the transmission and leaks.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Apr 21st, 2014, 08:13 PM
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: South london
Posts: 1,190
Local Time: 11:24 PM
United Kingdom Male
Hi ya

I get a bad feeling when your garage is saying things like they adjusted the valve clearance.
There a hydraulic adjuster they are not adjustable by hand it is controlled by oil pressure. They ether work of do not.
I think there spinning abit if BS there
Tbh if you feel you are getting messed around make shore you keep a diary when it went in and what for, and all receipts of work carried out if possible.

If you have this it sounds like you have given then plenty of opportunity to fix the problems
You are with in you rights to ask for a refund speak to citizens advice .

I hope it does not come to that.

The few r56's I have work on have not leaked oil they have been pretty dry but they Burt it :-) as they do

Hope you get it sorted they are a great car and good fun
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Apr 27th, 2014, 12:22 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 1
Local Time: 05:24 PM
Canada
have them check your oil filter housing....
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Apr 27th, 2014, 12:43 PM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Derbyshire
Posts: 76
Local Time: 11:24 PM
United Kingdom
What marque says regarding the valve clearances, they are hydraulic so zero maintenance and only cause problems if the wrong oil is used or at very high miles.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Apr 27th, 2014, 12:55 PM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 3,051
Local Time: 11:24 PM
United Kingdom Male
Youre female I assume? the garage will spin a few yarns if they think you havent a clue and that gives them excuses to bump up the costs or take their time having you believe they are working hard on it, when its probably in the park car and theyre having lots of tea breaks?

Have you asked/contacted the previous owner to see if they were having problems youre having?

I am only too happy to give the next owner information about the car if they contact me, and in one case a few years back thats when they found out the car had 10000 miles less on it than when I disposed of it.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old Jun 11th, 2014, 07:18 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 10
Local Time: 11:24 PM
United Kingdom
Yes MINI's have hydraulic valve adjusters so cannot be adjusted manually. You may have been told this by an idiot service advisor - a common problem is that they don't know anything about cars so cannot describe the work carried out.
BMW's protocol for diagnosing oil leaks is to clean off the engine first, then run it for a few minutes to be able to see exactly where the oil is coming from. BMW/MINI use 0w 30 Castrol Edge oil and it is just too thin for the MINI engines (which come from the likes of peugeot). The common oil leaks from MINI engines (not the BMW diesel engine fitted to newer MINIs) are: Sump gasket, diff output shafts, timing chain tensioner. It sounds like you've had a more uncommon oil leak, but the protocol should still have been carried out to correctly diagnose the leak. Sounds like you ran into some incompetent 'technicians'.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old Jul 16th, 2014, 02:31 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 3
Local Time: 11:24 PM
United Kingdom
2007 mini cooper diesel with chili pack. Hi, looks like i have the same problem. the leak is coming out from the undertray on the left side but doesn't smell like oil. I checked . the oil level with the dipstick and that is near the maximum but is rather dark black in colour. Got it booked into the garage I bought it from tmro so will see what they say. I have a 3 month warranty on it so I went to the main dealer who checked the car over for nothing (surprised I was) and told me that it was a heavy oil leak. So lets see what happens tmro.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply
Tags: ,



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
Coolant leak & Oil usage Zanhar 25 Second Generation Faults & Fixes 15 May 19th, 2014 07:55 AM
oil leak from oil filter housing kelv1962 General Discussion 1 Jan 7th, 2014 09:14 AM
Persistent Oil Leak ahughes76 Maintenance & MINI Care 1 Apr 22nd, 2013 08:26 PM
Low Oil Pressure - Filter Debris in Oil System??!! MissMac General Discussion 5 Apr 1st, 2013 10:23 AM
Crank sensor seal oil leak idea Shanos Maintenance & MINI Care 5 Feb 6th, 2013 06:56 PM

» Recent Threads
Wheel arch - advice please :)
Today 10:08 PM
Last post by dave_282
Today 10:08 PM
0 Replies, 1 Views
The new MINI voted "Classic of the Future"
Today 07:08 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by Caveman
Today 09:04 PM
1 Replies, 68 Views
Power Steering - not gone but acting up
Today 02:23 PM
Last post by Caveman
Today 09:01 PM
2 Replies, 122 Views
Bonnet gap bigger on one side
Oct 15th, 2014 05:28 PM
Last post by chris0074
Today 08:42 PM
10 Replies, 946 Views
Fuel Consumption in Mini Cooper D 2014
Yesterday 08:09 PM
Last post by chris0074
Today 08:41 PM
7 Replies, 247 Views
Problem after problem!! Help please!!
Today 08:32 PM
Last post by Cantraig
Today 08:32 PM
0 Replies, 73 Views
MINI Customer Support - Spec list via VIN number
Today 02:46 PM
Last post by chris0074
Today 08:31 PM
5 Replies, 144 Views
R56 Aux input volume???????
Oct 20th, 2014 04:00 PM
Last post by peteski2014
Today 07:31 PM
3 Replies, 382 Views
sunroof issue seeking repair suggestions in Toronto
Today 07:19 PM
by wheaten
Last post by wheaten
Today 07:19 PM
0 Replies, 63 Views
Start/Stop engine button illuminated when car is locked
Yesterday 08:07 PM
Last post by chris0074
Today 07:09 PM
5 Replies, 211 Views
2001 Cooper wheel nut key
Oct 20th, 2014 05:05 PM
Last post by Caveman
Today 05:29 PM
7 Replies, 466 Views
sunroof issue seeking repair suggestions in Toronto
Today 05:28 PM
by wheaten
Last post by wheaten
Today 05:28 PM
0 Replies, 75 Views
Mini Cooper Wheels.
Today 04:40 PM
by Fraze
Last post by Fraze
Today 04:40 PM
0 Replies, 78 Views
odd front wheels
Today 11:38 AM
by fazned
Last post by fazned
Today 02:56 PM
2 Replies, 128 Views
2015 Roadster S Backup Light(s)?
Oct 11th, 2014 12:19 PM
Last post by karlos9191
Today 12:36 PM
2 Replies, 470 Views
Misfiring R55 JCW engine in 6th gear between 2k-3k RPM with throttle wide open
Yesterday 10:30 AM
Last post by ihughes
Today 09:35 AM
7 Replies, 578 Views
2001 Mini Cooper - heater not working
Today 08:41 AM
by TreezaB
Last post by TreezaB
Today 08:41 AM
0 Replies, 126 Views
JCW intercooler intake grille.
Oct 19th, 2014 08:06 PM
Last post by davidscott
Today 07:11 AM
4 Replies, 461 Views
Mini Clubman Barn Doors Won't Lock
Today 03:51 AM
Last post by chrysler300
Today 03:51 AM
0 Replies, 152 Views
Will I get jipped?
Yesterday 11:14 PM
Last post by whaap
Today 03:03 AM
2 Replies, 206 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Ľ Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:24 PM.



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