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Old 09-14-2011, 12:19 PM   #1
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Water pump replacement

A friend with an '07 S was quoted $850 to have his water pump replaced by the dealer. Given the parts aren't terribly expensive that sounds like a lot of labor unless it's a pain in the butt to get at.

I want to tell him to buy the parts and we'll do it in his garage but I don't know what's involved on a second gen MINI.

Any advice? Is the water pump a bit of a challenge? I'm imagining a number of things need to be removed just to get to it...maybe that's the issue?

If I had a second gen Bentley Manual I could figure this out myself...

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On the r53, it is a huge PITA to get to the water pump... Remove bumper.... Drain coolant...remove radiator/AC condenser... Remove Intercooler... Remove Alternator... Remove drive belt... Remove supercharger... Replace water pump and reassemble. I think that it is a 6 book-hour job and a $110 water pump plus a few gaskets and new coolant.
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That sounds like even more than I expected for the R53. Paying someone else $850 to do all that is almost a bargain, plus then the work is warrantied.

I figure there are obstacles on the R56 as well but can't tell whether it's as complicated as the R53.
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Doesn't look as bad as the R53. On the 1st gen cars you had to remove a bunch of stuff and make sure you seated the O-rings perfectly, but the R56 looks more like a conventional water pump and thermostat that are bolted onto the block.

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Drain the cooling system.
Place the friction wheel in service position by pulling the strap all the way out.
Remove coolant pump pulley fasteners, then remove the pulley.
Remove the friction wheel.
Remove the pump fasteners, and remove the pump from the engine block.
Install in reverse of removal.

Nothing about putting the car in "service Mode".

Warning about bleeding all the air out of the cooling system and making sure there are no air pockets or leaks. If issues bleeding then use the vacuum bleed method.

Also suggests checking the coolant pump pulley friction surface for wear.

Got this out of my brand new "library book".....
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Cool, thanks. He really needs to pick up a Bentley Manual...
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:18 PM   #7
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How Many Quarts?

Since you guys did this back in 2011 but, I didn't see the thread until now and I can't find the info in our libraries 'Owners Manual'; how many qts of coolant does an 08 R56 MCS/JCW 6spd man hold(Please)?

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Don't put coolant in any 6 speed manual.....
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THANKS!(it was funny though) Now how many friggin quarts of coolant does it hold?

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THANKS!(it was funny though) Now how many friggin quarts of coolant does it hold?

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The quick answer is.... all of them...

The slow answer is...... 5.2 liters (including the heater)....


Eurps..... you asked for "Friggin Quarts"..... Don't know, but US quarts would be 5.49477869.... Including the heater....

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