Friday, March 25, 2011

TECH TIP: How to change the Cabin Air Conditioning on a MINI Cooper. - Replacing the cabin air filter in your MINI is a very quick but neccessary thing to do each year. - Watch the Video!


OEM Part: 64 31 1 496 710 - Electrostatic Cabin Air Filter
OEM Part: 64 31 1 496 711 - Carbon Cabin Air Filter
You may not be aware that the passenger compartment of your MINI has an air filtration system and a replaceable electrostatic filter element similar to your home air conditioning system. As you operate the A/C or blower control, the system filters out the dust and odors from your MINI's interior. Changing the filter element on an annual basis is a must. 


 How to change the Cabin Air Filter: Changing the cabin air filter in your MINI is a very quick but neccessary thing to do each year. Simply start by removing the cabin air filter cover from the underside of your glovebox.

Pull the factory cabin air filter out making note of which way the filter was positioned. Slide in a new Electrostatic Cabin Air Filter or Carbon Cabin Air Filter and reinstall the cover.

Watch the video above of a detailed explanation on "How to change your cabin air conditioning filter",  or click on the OEM Part numbers above for more information and pricing.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mini Cooper Repair Tip: Interior Air Filter Replacement

Have you changed your cabin air filter?

Most people realize that changing your engine's air filter once a year will allow your engine to breathe better! Most people don't realize that changing or up grading your cabin's air filter will allow YOU to breathe better!

When is the last time you changed your Cabin Filter?

Spring is just rounding the corner and the entire winter you have been operating your vehicle with windows closed. If you live in one of the hotter and more humid states you most likely operate your vehicle with windows closed and A/C on most of the year. Doing so will trap stale air and airborne germs, bacteria, and dust particles. If you are a smoker the situation is worst since these odors penetrate the headliner, carpeting, and upholstery. One of the biggest culprits for introducing contaminants is the shoes from the drivers and

Mini Cooper Repair Tip: Coolant System Problems


Coolant Expansion Tank & Cap Product Information - click here
On the Mini Cooper "S" the coolant expansion tank is a very common failure. The engine coolant system is under pressure during operation, and if there are any defects in the coolant reservoir it is recommended to replace the tank before a catastrophic failure occurs leading to coolant loss and costly engine damage. An inspection to the engines cooling system is easily diagnosed! (see below)

1. The coolant reservoir tank must be removed from the vehicle to ensure proper inspection for damage.

2. Inspect the seams around the middle of the unit for coolant stains and leaks that develop while the unit is under pressure during operation.

3. Coolant build-up and white deposits form at the corners and sides, and coolant leaks begin to run down the side of the tank. Also, cracks in the plastic are common around the corners & filler neck.

4. The coolant leak is mostly visible from the bottom side and may go unnoticed in the driveway. This is often due to the fact that the system is under operating pressure while driving. Once the vehicle is turned off or left sitting overnight the vehicle is slowly bleeding pressure off and may not present with a leak until there is a catastrophic leak. This is why a visual inspection is critical. Watching for a "low coolant" warning light or finding that you have to add coolant from time to time is an indicator that something is definitely wrong.

5. You may already see the tank has turned a darker color as the plastic begins to deteriorate, but appears to have no leaks from the top view.

A brand new OE Replacement Tank with Cap is easily installed in minutes and could save the life of your Mini Cooper's engine, or add to the years of operation.

Coolant Expansion Tank & Cap Product Information

Mini Cooper Repair Tip: Window Regulator Problems

OEM Window Regulator Part Numbers:
51 33 7 039 451 - 2002-6/2005 Left
51 33 7 039 452 - 2002-6/2005 Right
51 33 7 162 163 - 6/2005-2006 Left
51 33 7 162 164 - 6/2005-2006 Right

Vehicles Effected:

  • All MINI Cooper,
  • All MINI Cooper S 2002-2006,
Special tool required: Special window spanner wrench - part number 83 30 0 494 251, for removing the 2 large sprocket style lock nuts.

Mini Cooper Repair Tip: Oil Change - Motor Oil Flush

Promini Liqui-vac (Top Side)Oil Change:

The clean and simple solution

You need to check out the PROMINI Oil Changer. No lifting the car!