2nd Gen R56 Cooper S Must have tools for our mini's?

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  1. haliphics

    haliphics New Member

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    In curious what are some of the most improtant tools to own to maintain and modify our Mini's. Ive never really used ratcheting wrenches or flex head wrenches. Now I find them a god send tool for my 09 JCW. What did you find was a great help on your car?

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    The most important tools you can own for working on your MINI are: An OBD2 code reader and a Bentley manual.
     
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    As I get older I find I use my credit card more that my tools these days.

    You need a good basic set of metric tools. Make sure the sockets are 3/8 drive & 6 point. You will need a set of metric Torx bits too. Don't forget the metric screwdrivers & hammers. :wink:

    If you can post what job you are contemplating doing it will be easier to tell you what specific widgets you'll need.

    Lots of folks are away at the dragon. More folks will be here to help next week.

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    You forgot a metric crescent wrench :crazy:

    A set of torque wrenches are always good to prevent things like stuck drain plugs, spark plugs shooting out of the head, broken studs on the strut mounts, and other stuff that will make your repair turn into a nightmare.
     
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    The spark plug socket needs to be 12 point, not 6.....

    I've found the best way to get the torx screws out of the rotors is to tighten them slightly before you try to loosen them, then they come right out. Be sure to use a bit of anti-seize on them when you put them back in too.....
     
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    I used an air impact wrench to remove the screws from the rotors.
     
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    If you get rid of the runflats.... Keep one of these in the boot...

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    Dead blow hammers FTW! :)
     
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    BFH for when the deadblow hammer doesn’t work.
     
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