This article applies to Mini Coopers and Cooper Ss (2007-2013).
Motor oil is the most important fluid in your vehicle’s engine and should be changed according to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, or even more frequently. mini, at the moment, still recommends a pretty amazing 10,000+ mile interval between oil changes. hot-running turbocharged engines aren’t big fans of that idea. consider cutting that interval in half if you really like your mini. Failure to perform regular oil changes can cause significant engine damage and promote oil burn/consumption. Changing the engine oil is the most common maintenance task and the best way to extend the life of your engine. doing it yourself can save you a lot of money and you will learn about your vehicle.
Step 1 – Raise your car on jack stands and drain the oil
To drain the oil and get to the drain plug, the car must be off the ground. use the jack to raise the car (it should be on a level surface with the parking brake on) and place the jack stands under your car according to the owner’s manual. Find the 8mm hex oil drain plug in the engine oil pan at the bottom of the engine. Carefully remove the drain plug and make sure you have the oil drain pan ready under the drain because the oil will come out fast and hot. rubber gloves are recommended to avoid a possible burn from the hot oil.
Step 2 – Remove oil filter and re-install drain plug
This vehicle has a cartridge-type oil filter, which is housed inside a metal oil filter hose. The oil filter housing is located at the front of the engine, just below the coolant expansion tank. there is a 27mm nut on top of the filter housing. use the 27mm socket to slowly remove the top of the housing; then you will see the old filter cartridge in the housing. simply remove it from the casing. once all the oil has drained from the engine oil pan, take the drain plug and new copper washer (comes with the oil filter kit) and screw them back into the oil drain. hand-tighten first, then tighten to 25 Nm (18 ft./lbs). If the old copper washer is stuck to the oil pan, use a screwdriver to pry it out. do not reuse the old copper washer.
Step 3 – Install a new oil filter and o-ring
take the new filter, place it in the housing and press it into place. the rubber seal at the top of the filter must face down when you install the filter. push the filter into the housing as far as it will go. Part of your oil filter kit should include a large o-ring. remove the old o-ring from the oil filter housing cover; It’s under the strings. a small screwdriver might help. once removed, clean the housing cover inside and out with a rag. once clean, slide the new o-ring over the housing cap threads and into the cap groove. Take the housing cover and screw it back into the housing over the filter cartridge. make sure you are threading correctly and torque to 25Nm (18ft/lbs).
step 4: fill the engine with new oil
With the oil drain plug and oil filter installed, you can lower the car to the ground. Fill the engine with the new oil through the oil filler hole in the top of the valve cover and remove the filler cap first (do not put the 5 quarts in). add 4 quarts to engine then check dipstick. keep adding a quarter of a quarter at a time and keep checking the dipstick each time. fill it up to the upper mark on the dipstick. in the end it usually takes about 4.5 quarters. Once this is done, remember to put the oil filler cap back on.
Step 5 – Drive the car and check oil level
start the car with the hood open (the oil pressure light may stay on for a second or two). now look in the engine bay and then look under the engine to make sure no oil is leaking anywhere. now drive the car until it reaches operating temperature. turn off the car, wait a few minutes, and recheck the oil level on the dipstick. if the oil level is not at the top point, top up until it reaches the top point on the dipstick. Dispose of used oil at a suitable recycling station.
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