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Maintenance and Technical Info

  1. 1st Gen "How To" Midlands 5 Speed Overhaul Manual

    See attached PDF for instructions on the Overhaul of a MINI 5 Speed Midlands Transmission.
  2. 2nd Gen "How To" R56 Front End Disassembly

    In this video EricTheCarGuy shows a front end disassembly. Headlight removal, windshield washer fluid tank removal, front bumper removal, wheel arch removal, intercooler removal, crash bar removal, radiator/radiator support removal.
  3. 2nd Gen "How To" Joey Mod for your Gen2

    The “Joey Mod” has been around for a while – don’t know who thought it up or the first to have nerve enough to do it but, thanks to tips, posts and comments from a lot of MINIacs, here is how I did my mod.
  4. 2nd Gen "How To" EricTheCarGuy- R56 Battery Replacement

    This video is a How-To on battery replacement for an R56. NOTE-You may or may not need to register your battery after re-installation. I registered mine using the Carly for BMW app. You can drive the car w/o registering the battery (I wouldn't...
  5. 1st Gen "How To" Lighten up! R56 cast aluminum rear trailing arm conversion for the R50/53 MINI

    One of the best places to reduce weight to improve handling and ride is where there is unsprung mass. This includes wheels, brakes, and suspension pieces. The rear trailing arms from the R56 are close to a bolt-on conversion, however the parts...

All About MINI Coopers

  1. General "How To" Which Wiper Blades are right for my MINI?

    Illustration/photos of the windshield wiper arms and wiper blades for your MINI Cooper. Match the image to the wipers on your MINI and voila. Easy Peasy. Then read how to change and replace. Great wiper removal and installation guide for the blades in your MINI.
  2. All about MINI MINI Paint Colors

    Here is a chart which outlines all the different MINI Cooper Paint Colors.
  3. All about MINI A basic guide to Spark Plugs.

    Ok guys, I see the same questions asked over and over about spark plug selection and fitment, so I hope this information below helps.
  4. All about MINI An Introduction to Water/Alcohol Injection Systems

    There is no question that Water/Alcohol Injection (WAI) is a valuable tool in the tuner’s arsenal for obtaining more power from an engine. The main benefit of these systems is knock suppression and reduced intake air temperatures (IATs). The combination of these items can result in more power...
  5. All about MINI R / F Code, What is it and What do they Signify

    MINI uses R Codes for the internal designation of the different designs. "R" is a hold over from the Rover days. In 2011 MINI added F codes as used by the parent company BMW for models after the R60 and beyond.
  6. All about MINI MINI Acronyms

    Learn MINI Vocabulary and Acronyms. A running list of the Acronyms and nuances that MINI owners use.
  7. All about MINI Mini Safety Recalls

    This article provides information about official US safety recalls for the modern MINI. We intend to keep it up to date over time
  8. All about MINI Owners Manuals - Mini Cooper 2002-2018

    Official PDF version of all Owner's Manuals by year from 2002-2018
  9. All about MINI MINI Engine Codes

    The following are the engine codes for all current MINI Cooper’s
  10. All about MINI Winter Driving Tips

    It's that time of year! Here are a few techniques and advice we've all needed and used, hope it's helpful, I've culled these from a bunch of other threads & knowledge, not trying to come off as a know-it-all, but passing along knowledge from all over.

1st Generation MINI

This article describes three ways to program the remote control portion of a MINI Cooper key without any software.
The R53 has a couple of parts in the timing chain system that can be easily serviced. The tensioner can become stuck in the closed position, causing timing chain rattle (and I'd assume, premature wear). The guides can break over time as well, causing rattle (and premature wear). Here's a...
I am a proud first generation Cooper (non-S) owner and I’ve spent a lot of time and energy looking for a replacement exhaust system I could be happy with. Six systems, a handful of custom modifications and far too many dollars later I’m finally satisfied...nearly. Hey, I’m picky...and a little...
  1. 1st Gen "How To" Homelink Remote Installation

    Having recently moved the wife and I found ourselves burdened with a daily routine of opening two garage doors with two separate controllers. This routine consisted of reaching into the armrest and fumbling for the right garage door controller and then finding the correct button to press. As you...
  2. Product Review Texas Speedwerks X-Brace for the R50, 52 and 53

    When asked if I’d like to test the TSW product, I jumped at the chance. I’ve had other chassis stiffeners on the car before, and with 40,000 miles on the clock, a couple of things have happened. One, the car, an R52(convertible) has lost a little of it’s edge and smoothness with the accumulation...
  3. Product Review Craven Speed “Return of the CAI” Cold-Air Intake system for R53 MINI Cooper S

    “Return of the CAI” is a confident and remarkable name for a relative newcomer to a densely packed segment in R53 engine performance modifications. The first Cold-Air Intakes [or CAI for short] splashed into the MINI aftermarket soon after the cars launch back in 2002. Some early models ranged...
  4. 1st Gen "How To" HOW TO: R53 Better than JCW / Factory Rear Brakes

    How to paint your rear brakes. In this case JCW red.
  5. 1st Gen "How To" R50 & R53 Oil Service

    How-to guide for an oil service for an R50 or R53 MINI. It’s always best to do an oil change on a hot engine as the hot oil will drain better and give you a more complete oil change. Caution must be used to prevent burns from hot fluids. Rubber gloves, work gloves, and safety glasses are all...
  6. 1st Gen "How To" 1st Gen Gear Ratios - Manual Transmission

    The 1st generation MINI had two different gear ratios for manual transmissions.

    The split is with the June 2004 build cars. Those built up and including June 2004 are in the first Gear Ratio column, July 2004 to the end of 1st generation MINIs are in the second Gear Ratio column.
  7. 1st Gen "How To" Resetting the MINI Oil Indicator

    You will find this useful if you do your own oil changes. Keep in mind you should wait until your factory service expires, since resetting the indicator may lead the dealer to deny oil changes since the indicator does not indicate an oil change is due.
  8. 1st Gen "How To" R50/52/53 Rear Swaybar Install - Video How-to

    Video How-To of installing a Swaybar on the R50/52/53 MINI.
  9. 1st Gen "How To" How To: Car Electronic Device Hard Wire (radar detector)

    How To: Car Electronic Device Hard Wire (radar detector)

    by Molly "pi" Smith (aka Mol)
    Images by the Author

    (formerly Molly Bunton, soon to be Molly Notle)
    I am a real gizmo geek and I have a few how-tos on my blog. I hope to add more as time permits.

    I hope some of you find this useful:
  10. 1st Gen "How To" How To: Build an iPod Dock in your Cupholder

    The R53 MINI did a lot of things very well, however music connectivity was not one of them. Solutions like the Dension ICE:Link and later the DICE or OEM iPod adapter filled this void, but were aesthetically disappointing. This led me to try and build an iPod integration that was both functional...

2nd Generation MINI

  1. 2nd Gen "How To" MINI Oil feed line replacement

    Another episode was sent out this morning of EricTheCarGuy's MINI Series. You'll be happy to know that I've been exchanging emails with him...
  2. 2nd Gen "How To" R56 Front End Disassembly

    In this video EricTheCarGuy shows a front end disassembly. Headlight removal, windshield washer fluid tank removal, front bumper removal, wheel...
  3. 2nd Gen "How To" EricTheCarGuy- R56 Battery Replacement

    This video is a How-To on battery replacement for an R56. NOTE-You may or may not need to register your battery after re-installation. I...
  4. 2nd Gen "How To" EricTheCarGuy- R56 seat and carpet removal

    I've followed this guy for years and he's helped me out countless times. He recently bought an 07 R56 S and has started The MINI Series. These...
  5. 2nd Gen "How To" R56 Coolant Expansion Tank Replacement

    Tools Needed:
    -Flat head screw driver
    -Star bit for the fastener, most of these cars have a hex head bolt
    -If you don't have a fluid...
  6. 2nd Gen "How To" R56 Manual Transmission Fluid Change

    Super simple DIY. This guy isn't the most exciting mechanic to watch but he get's the job done. I didn't use any of the products he used/showed....
  7. 2nd Gen "How To" N18 Seafoam treatment from Detroit Tuned

    Not really a how to, more so an FYI and it seems VERY simple.
    Came across this whilst perusing the DT website the other day and thought it'd be a...
  8. 2nd Gen "How To" Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

    If you have access to one, get out a compressor and blow out around the valve cover and those 2 bolt holes in the middle of the valve cover. This...
  9. Product Review ALTA Performance "Stealth" Cat-back Exhaust System for R56 Cooper S

    I have yet to drive a car that was absolutely brilliant and completely perfect in every sense. No, of course I haven’t. Perfection is just an...

3rd Generation MINI


  1. Detailing MINI Leather Care

    The first question to ask when discussing leather care is whether or not you have leather. This may seem like an obvious answer but it isn’t...

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