Timing chain replacement

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  1. Justin

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    Hey everyone, just hoping to to get a little feedback. Planning to change the timing chain on my 2010 mini cooper s. I'm going to order the camshaft alignment tool off amazon. Just wondering if there's anything else I should be replacing while I'm in there. I'm going to do the chain, tensioner and guides but a mechanic I was talking to said he changed something else along with it just can't remember what it was. A little history/situation on the car, it had a bit of chain noise in the morning and now the noise is pretty much gone but it started taking a while to start. Before it would crank and start fairly quickly after the noise stopped it took a bit of cranking before it started and there was a loss in power on the lower rpms. I also have a 296A inlet camshaft sensor code if anyone has some insight on that. All your help will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Good advice.
     
  4. Justin

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    Ya I've heard good things about them, but I used to be a mechanic and know what it's like having people call you up looking for free answers instead of paying for them. I know I'm kind of doing the same thing now but it's a little different when it's your job. I also live in ontario so I wouldn't be renting the tool from them and have a connection for stock parts so that's out as well. I was meaning to go down there and have them check the car over but now with the covid stuff going on it's a little hard to cross the boarder.
     
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    296A code could be due to a jumped timing tooth or out of time just a thought ~ good luck and MINI wishes!!
     
  6. Justin

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    Ya that's what I'm thinking, all signs are pointing to timing issue, I'm going to try and do that this weekend
     
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    I was once a mechanic long ago in the 80's So i know to. If I am bot ordering parts or think my question will take long I through him some lunch money

    https://www.detroittuned.com/phone-tech-support/
     
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    Do they have an email to email him and he can respond when he has time?
     
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    He will give you a call when he has time usually the same day. Every time you add to the quantity it adds $2. Add what you feel it’s worth to talk to him it’s just a nice way to say thank you.

    wish he sold Lotus parts too
     
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    Just wondering if there's anything else I should be replacing while I'm in there.

    I came at it from a different angle.... Similar but different...

    The oil cooler to block gasket was weeping oil.... Known issue... So that was replaced with a new one.

    Then I went with a new turbo oil line (the swivel joint seal will start leaking over time)... Known issue....

    The plastic valve cover gets a lot of heat from the turbo and I noticed oil weeping in the area close to the turbo... New gasket and new cover...

    While in there, measurements was taken on the timing chain.... It was right close to the maximum length.... So I decided to change out the entire timing chain and went with the complete kit....

    Then new oil in the Getrag transmission.... And changed out the brake fluid as well...

    The engine is dry now with no leaks

    Be aware..... there is a proverbial string that runs through the MINI engine, and sometimes it branches out to include other things.... Once you start, it's hard to stop (fixing things)...
     
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    Nice detailed list.
     
  12. Crashton

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    Skooby the clubster has many of those things done. With the exception of the tubo bits & timing chain. So far so good on that one, but I know it is in the future.

    We did have to have the Jarvic 7 replaced.

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