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Old 03-10-2013, 10:01 PM
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Default Coolant leak

A few months ago I noticed that my Mini (2006 R53) was leaving some drops on the garage floor. Upon closer inspection, it looks like the leak is coming from the driver's side of the engine, just below the cam cover and a little forward of where the oil fill is. I'm not sure if this is a thermostat housing or the water pump.

Lately the leak has gotten worse, so it looks like it'll be time to address the problem. I had my local shop take a peek, and they told me since they've never done anything significant to a Mini before, they couldn't give me any sort of estimate, but guessed it would be at least $1k.

I'm wondering if this is something I can do myself. The intercooler seems to be in the way, and I have no idea how involved removing that is. Has anyone here done this before, and does anyone know what item lives in that spot that would be leaking coolant?
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:57 PM
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thermostat housing? overflow tank? waterpump is on the pulley side.
when i had thermostat housing gasket replaced it cost me less than $200 if i recall correctly.
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Thermostat housing for sure. I believe MINI will replace it, warranty or not, since it's so common, at least they did for my '06 back in '11.

You probably could do it yourself if they won't, but I believe you have to remove the airbox/ECU, which really isn't that bad just super tedious.
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I agree thermostat, or thermostat housing. An easy DIY.

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Good info, thanks. I somehow doubt Mini would do it with 73k+ on the car, but even paying them might be cheaper than giving the local shop $1k to learn how to do it.
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Like its been said above, sounds like a thermostat housing issue. I'd say replace the thermostat, housing, and the gasket all at the same time. The job is pretty simple. You really only have to remove the airbox to get to the housing. Three bolts and two coolant lines and its off. Removing the intercooler is probably a good idea as well, and that's very simple.

Good prices for the parts can be found at either www.ecstuning.com or www.germanautoparts.com
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Can others verify that's how easy it is to pull off this job? I'm sure that's why mine is leaking coolant as well. I've been meaning to correct this problem as well.
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Can others verify that's how easy it is to pull off this job? I'm sure that's why mine is leaking coolant as well. I've been meaning to correct this problem as well.
I wouldn't lie to you. I have 304 posts on here...Isn't that worth something

It really is that easy though. I didn't even drain the coolant when I replaced mine. Just keep the two coolant pipes that you remove from the housing higher than the coolant tank.
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It really is that easy though. I didn't even drain the coolant when I replaced mine. Just keep the two coolant pipes that you remove from the housing higher than the coolant tank.
Exactly! I knew I had a slight leak at the thermostat, bought the part, then let it sit for about a year because it seemed like too much work When I finally replaced it I kicked myself for waiting so long.... Super easy.

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Haha I trust you. I just always like to hear a few different opinions simply because one man's easy could be another man's 3-hour job

I did look up the how-tos and it looks like you were right
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The dealer quoted me $525 to do this job, so it's definitely going to be a DIY. Thanks for the links to the parts. I'll be ordering from one of them.
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Can others verify that's how easy it is to pull off this job? I'm sure that's why mine is leaking coolant as well. I've been meaning to correct this problem as well.
The hardest part is putting the bolts back on
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Be very careful when reattaching the housing and make sure the gasket doesn't move and pinch.
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I just got a kit from ecs with thermostat, gasket, housing, and bolts.
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I just got a kit from ecs with thermostat, gasket, housing, and bolts.
Good stuff! They have great prices for OEM parts. Shipping is pretty quick too, especially to the east coast since its only coming from Ohio. If you need any tips on the job feel free to get in touch!
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