R55 Cooper S

R55 Cooper S

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Challo

6,564 posts

122 months

Thursday 22nd April
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scrw. said:
Oh arse....so that squeak I though was the alternator looks like it is the waterpump, just pulled up at work after an hour or so on the motorway to be greated with steam from the bonnet. Will let it cool before seeing how much water it has lost. I can see spannering ahead
This is defiantly a labour of love. My Clubman has taken a back step at the moment due to another project, but managed to snap the rear aerial off the car over the weekend at the car wash.

Need to dig out some superglue to stick it back on.

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Thursday 22nd April
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More a problem child! Lol.

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Thursday 22nd April
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managed to drive it home from the office like a granny, keeping it under 2k revs, had to drop in 1.5l of water after about 50 miles of my 75 mile trip. Cross pipe and water pump ordered, hopefully here by saturday. Will get to test my new funky zero click Bosch ratchet spanners, should be easier to get the bolts out with those.

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Saturday 24th April
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Pump swapped out last night, watched a few youtube videos, how on earth they swapped the pump out without taking the engine mount out I haven't figured. Bearing has melted on the old pump, so good to see there is an obvious failure, just a pisser it was only installed 2k miles ago. Just off to fill it with coolant and bleed it.

CoolHands

13,133 posts

162 months

Saturday 24th April
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Quick work!

Mine (wife’s) is causing problems - repeated multiple error codes. Keep clearing they come back. Not same ones each time. Finally bit the bullet last night and bought an AGM battery as hoping low voltage is causing the issues. Also going to pay for bimmercode and see if it gives me additional info like individual wheel speed sensors readings or not.

Also, she burnt the f*ing clutch out! Riding the clutch in traffic going to work. Now judders and still smells strongly. Paying a garage is over 500 quid in labour as so much has to come off, very time consuming. So may do myself

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Saturday 24th April
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Clutch looks to be a PITA to me. Bimmercode won't give you wheelspeeds (at least I haven't found that option yet)

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Saturday 24th April
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arse and bks, nice steady drip from around the waterpump somewhere, cannot see where from so strip down time again FFS

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Saturday 24th April
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right, friction wheel out & pump pulley off, its not the water pump leaking, seems to be coming from the back so looks like the crossover pipe has blown the seal at the pump end. Good jobI bought one just in case!

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Saturday 24th April
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Well 4 hours of fun later the crossover pipe is replaced and the thing isn't leaking, wahoo. End of the crossover pipe behind the waterpump crumbled away when I finally got it out. Really not a nice job to do, covered in cuts.

CoolHands

13,133 posts

162 months

Saturday 24th April
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Yeah I changed my pipe at the same time I changed the thermostat housing. But I’ve not changed the water pump, I figure with that, if it’s ok don’t fix it!

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Saturday 24th April
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Think it is heat damage from the pump dieing, not sure, will upload a photo later.

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 26th April
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So we are now water tight drink However getting 2885 code and 1/2 CEL when giving it some beans, seems I have a boost deviation issue (oo-er) Off to check my vacuum lines once it has cooled down a bit.

Edited by scrw. on Monday 26th April 15:44

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 26th April
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Hopefully an easy fix, the vacuum pump line had come off the solenoid on the bottom of the intake manifold, would have been when I was removing/fitting the water pipe. Piccy of the hardpipe below....seen better days!

2021-04-26_05-20-11 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 26th April
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Arse, thrown the code again when giving it beans in sport mode. The vacuum pipe didnt feel that tight a fit so think it has dropped off again, down to 15mins getting tbe intake off at the mo......

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 26th April
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So this time it was the 2 pipes into the vacuum tank that had come off. The pipes have gone soft so I am going to replace with new silicon hoses, and a bit longer so they are not such an arse to replace

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Ands its back, expect the hoses are off again as they were loose when fitted, new hose arrives tomorrow.

stevemcs

5,728 posts

60 months

Tuesday 27th April
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Gotta love mini's, we have 3 in various states of repair at work.

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Saturday 1st May
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So vacuum hoses swapped out, no more faults beer. Kept the hard lines on the one from the pump and just swapped the joints, and replaced the whole line to the wastegate diaphram.

2021-05-01_07-49-31 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

scrw.

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2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 17th May
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So the thing is back to being reliable beer So I decided to recover the trim around the start button, after leather covering over the existing PVC trim the key dock never sat flush and sometimes the fob got sticky putting it in/out. This time I stripped off all the PCV cover and glued on the leather, the key dock now sits as it should and the fob goes in/out as expected.

2021-05-17_07-12-05 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Next job is refurb the original alloys, cannot make my mind up on colour, either silver or flat bronze.....thinking silver would contrast better on the black
2020-05-02_01-53-20 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

stevemcs

5,728 posts

60 months

Tuesday 18th May
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Wheels would look good in silver.