Thought it could be they got some oil on some parts that get hot. Pull the old element out and place the new element in its place. An updated filter was introduced with the later models, replacing the early filters without an internal plastic support. I was out of warranty but still very low mileage 48k when mine failed. They told me I had an oil leak which caused the following to be damaged - crank shaft, harmonic balancer, cylinder head, timing chain and guard and maybe other stuff but they couldn't tell without further examination. You will damage the motor. The 2 metal pipes where they connect to the rubber hose have rusted out and need to be replaced.
I would grab a repair manual. It may have been overfilled. The engine was blown so I found a good low mile used one. Very clean inside and good bearings. If there is anything you cannot find in our catalog please and our knowledgeable customer service team will help you locate the part you need, fast.
My local mechanic found no evidence of an oil leak causing the trouble, nor did I have an oil spot where I parked my car in the garage or work parking lot. I didn't tell them it looked like it was leaking. Mini of fairfield returned vehicle in an unsafe manner with stripped bolts and improper placement of oil pan. Torque the Drain Plug to 18 lb-ft as well. .
This should be facing down when you install the filter. If you can't do this, see our page to find a Mini Cooper oil filter wrench. Look at the cover for the oil filter housing. A couple of learnings from me in case it helps anyone. Ken If you are sure you have the early type cannister cover without the spring and cage, the only solution is to replace the entire housing. Sometimes it is just plain easier to remove the oil filter housing from below.
This is a fire risk. July 10, 2014 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks, got it. Use a filter with the cage in the element. They replaced the solenoid and did a oil change for 550. If you don't drive your car too often, you should change the oil at least once a year to keep things fresh. The 2 metal pipes where they connect to the rubber hose have rusted out and need to be replaced.
They told me it the alignment was bad and the tires needed to be replaced. Motor oils and the additives blended into them have improved so much over the years that frequent oil changes and expensive synthetics are no longer necessary. I read somewhere that you might have to take out the axle? Use a 8mm hex socket to loosen and remove the oil drain plug See. Give our parts specialists a call, they will help you find the right drain plug. I ended up doing the oil removal via pump method but want to drain it properly. Now carefully remove the filter housing cover.
We put it where it looked like it locked down but no we keep getting the low oil pressure light on when the car is in idle. I've tried everything short of a 5 foot breaker bar, sledge hammer, and torch to get the stupid thing off. I was lucky enough to not have my engine catch fire with the failed o-ring on mine. The testers installed freshly rebuilt engines in 75 taxicabs, and then ran them through the harshest conditions on the streets of New York City. Look at the cover for the oil filter housing. Continue to hold the buttons until the time appears on the tachometer.
August 17, 2015 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. I'm thinking maybe a failed o'ring. Helpful Hints for changing the oil. I wished I had read these instructions sooner! Start the cover onto the base carefully, confirming the cover is 'square' with the base to prevent cross-threading. Looks like the 2 closest bolts should be no problem, but there is the 3rd bolt which is on the opposite side of the housing, not sure if I will be able to reach it. Or just the spring with the new filter and the old canister. The oil drainback plunger is in tact.
The linked filter part numbers above includes a new drain plug. I was charged for the service, but I believe this was a manufacture defect because the car was like that from the time I drove it off the lot until the time of service. This video shows you the location of your oil drain plug, oil filter, oil fill cap and dipstick in addition to the steps needed to change the oil and filter in your Cooper. The fit and finish are excellent and I couldn't be happier with the product. This should be facing down when you install the filter.
It leaves me wondering whether this housing was changed or not. Install the filter with the black plastic ring 'down' into the housing. They confirmed everything is in place, but there was a small amount of metallic sludge on the end of the oil filter. March 23, 2014 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. On the last install of the new oil filter I found a spare part that I did not recognize laying on the ground just as I was cleaning up. That is only way to be sure the oil in bottom of pan gets out, along with whatever is in it. July 24, 2013 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799.