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Mini Alignment Tips

When looking over the service information or ordering parts for a MINI, you may run into the R-series numbers.

Turbochargers on Minis

No matter if it is a BMW or MINI, when the engine stops turning, the oil flowing to the turbocharger stops.


The reset procedure requires driving the vehicle with the pressure set to the specification set on the door placard.

BMW To Make Mini All-Electric By 2030

Mini will introduce its final combustion-engine powered vehicle in 2025.

Mini Water Pump Friction Wheel Drive System

The tensioner is able to disengage the water pump until the engine has reached a specific temperature.

MINI Tech Tip: Engine Vibrations Or Noise

The vibration damper rubber insulator located between the drive belt pulley and its center hub has either partly or fully separated (torn). The separation will allow the two components to move independently from each other. The separation will cause vibrations and or noises from the engine compartment.

MINI Tech Tip: False ‘Brake Service’ Due Message

The yellow “Service Due” warning message lights up in the instrument cluster, even though the brake pad thickness is more than 4.2 mm (above the thickness at which the pad sensor intervenes). The calculated remaining service life for the brake pads (front and/or rear axle) from the CBS data does not match the actual brake pad thickness.

TPMS Diagnostics: MINI Applications

In 2004, MINI was one of the early adopters of tire pressure monitoring systems. This was driven by the lack of space for a spare tire and the use of run-flat tires. The TPMS system on these early models was intended to warn the driver of a tire with low pressure so they could reduce speed and find the nearest shop.

Tech Tip: MINI PCV System Diagnostics And Measurement Of Pressure

All current MINI engines incorporate a pressure–controlled crankcase ventilation system that uses various crankcase ventilation valves, depending on the engine type. Although the valves all look different, they function similarly using a spring and diaphragm assembly to control the crankcase pressure.

MINI Undercar Service Opportunities Are Only An Inspection Away

With more than a million MINIs on the roads, a lot of opportunity exists for shops to service brakes and chassis.

MINI Power Loss, Multiple Diagnostic Trouble Codes

The customer says the MINI Cooper loses power between 30 and 40 mph for a couple of seconds, with other components also powering down. The A/C blower will drop, and after the engine picks back up, the MIL illuminates.

Hunter’s AutoComp Elite Brake Lathe Earns Approval From BMW/Mini

The new 7″ touchscreen provides a user-friendly interface that allows technicians to quickly look up required adaptors, operate the lathe including changing cutting direction and speed, and view instructional videos.