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Morning all please can anybody help with the cat removal technique as I simply cannot get the bloody thing out of the car, I can't seem to separate the heat shield. is there anyway to remove this without taking the entire front off with radiator pack ect?

I have picked up an 09 Mini One as a bit a project toy car from a friend mechanic for £100, when I got it she was blowing smoke for fun out of the exhaust which I diagnosed as failed valve stem seals. I replaced these without removing the head and changed the timing chain however it will not pass the MOT due to the emissions being well out, the previous old lady owner had been warned by the mechanic 8 months ago during a service that it was beginning to burn oil however she did nothing until it failed the MOT. I have changed the vanos solenoids, a broken pcv pipe and both lambda sensors but with only a little improvement so Im guessing the cat is knackered due to the oil being burned for the past 6 months.

THanks guys and gals in advance
 

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its possible to remove it without front off car, 1/4 drive long reach socket set and female torx set, also remove engine mount on drivers side can move engine around , remove the slam panel when bonnet catches live,
 

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its possible to remove it without front off car, 1/4 drive long reach socket set and female torx set, also remove engine mount on drivers side can move engine around , remove the slam panel when bonnet catches live,
Thanks Mike, I found out about the Mini front end service mode that moves everything including radiator packs forward by a foot or more so the cat slipped out really easily after about 15 minutes of work :) wish i'd known about that before the high quantity of blue language. :LOL:
 

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its one of them takes a good hour to take front off same to put back together and then most common on older cars is the small bolts that bolt the plastic front panel can rust up and are more hassle on older cars, hence limits risk of damage,, but yes its better method when your not on the clock ie someone paying labour for the job
 
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