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Jun 24, 2011, 2:32 PM

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For all those out there brave enough to do their own maintance on the mini cooper here is what you might run into. On 2006 cooper, most jacks won't fit under car (too close to ground) use coopers flimsy jack to raise car a few inches then slide your jack in. Oil filter is a cartridge filter need 36mm socket wrench (access from top, located on rear of engine - the left side when you are facing engine compartment right underneath left exhaust header ___boiling hot). 13mm on the oil drain plug. Regarding brakes, you need a 7mm hex head to remove caliper bolts (5/8 socket to remove caliper mounting bracket). Rotors are bolted on with a very large star-bolt, some type of hardened metal, I broke 2 drill bits trying to drill them out. To top that off there is a sensor in one of the driver side brake pads- yes a sensor- you need to carefully pry it out of the pads backing and snap it into the new pad (using the clip that's on the old pad). Oil change took me an hour, brakes and rotors 2.5 hours. Ridiculous.

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Jun 24, 2011, 9:30 PM

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Re: Mini Cooper maintanence Sign In

 Why were you drilling out the star bolts (torx)? Sounds like a typical brake system . As for hot oil during oil change , wait for it to ciool off. Glad to see you trying to become a diy'er . Just use a little more brain , little less muscle.Pirate



Jun 26, 2011, 12:37 PM

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I drilled out the torx bolt because I needed to swap the rotors. I've changed 30-50 sets of brakes with rotors over the past few years sometimes the rotors are held on by these very large screws that are close to impossible to get off so I usually just drill them out, first time cracking a drill bit. As for the hot oil, it's not the oil I was burned on, the cooper's exhaust gets red hot within a minute or two of being turned on never seen that before.

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Jun 26, 2011, 12:42 PM

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You could avoid that whole mess by just using an impact driver to take them off in the first place.


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Jun 27, 2011, 6:13 AM

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Right Hammer. I've never failed with the impact driver but came close a couple times,

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