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Old 09-20-2015, 11:05 PM
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This has never happened to me before, my cars engine overheating lamp would come up within 10min of driving and it's happening frequently, probably every time I take it for my daily drives. It's been really hot these past few weeks in California, 90degrees +, would that have a factor in the reason why my engine is acting the way it is. I'm actually really worried about this situation and don't know where to begin. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 09-21-2015, 12:00 PM
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Have you checked your coolant level? I wouldn't continue to drive it until you tracked down the issue.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:05 PM
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Driving it hot can warp the head. I would get it checked out ASAP Im not sure what car you have but the R53 is very prone to the coolant tank cracking and leaking everywehre. Could be the issue.
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Old 09-21-2015, 03:07 PM
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.....or the water pump PTO from the SC failed.
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:44 PM
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Driving it hot can warp the head. I would get it checked out ASAP Im not sure what car you have but the R53 is very prone to the coolant tank cracking and leaking everywehre. Could be the issue.
I have a R56, and this issue started to when I added coolant to it, I used whatever was recommended from forum posts and whatnot. I drove it to work today and it didn't come up, hopefully on my way back home, it doesn't pop up again. But I'll add more coolant later today because I checked last night, it wasn't close to the minimum line.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:13 PM
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I have a R56, and this issue started to when I added coolant to it, I used whatever was recommended from forum posts and whatnot. I drove it to work today and it didn't come up, hopefully on my way back home, it doesn't pop up again. But I'll add more coolant later today because I checked last night, it wasn't close to the minimum line.
If you were filling it up and it still wasn't even up to minimum, did you bleed it properly after adding coolant last night?
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:48 PM
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If you were filling it up and it still wasn't even up to minimum, did you bleed it properly after adding coolant last night?
This may sound ridiculous but what does bleeding it mean? I think I just broke my car..
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:12 PM
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This may sound ridiculous but what does bleeding it mean? I think I just broke my car..
If you car drops down below the minimum and you poor coolant in, there's a risk that you have air bubbles in your cooling system. You have to bleed it to release the air and ensure that the cooling system is just filled with coolant.
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:29 PM
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I told my dad about the problem I've been occurring and his answer without an inspection was the water pump. Haha, guess your parents do know a lot since that could be one of the issues causing this problem.
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:23 PM
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It could be, but it's unlikely considering you have a newer car.

I would still bleed the system and fill it to the suggested point before doing anything else. If you need to, take it to the dealer or a MINI shop to have it properly bled.
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Old 09-22-2015, 01:29 AM
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It could be, but it's unlikely considering you have a newer car.

I would still bleed the system and fill it to the suggested point before doing anything else. If you need to, take it to the dealer or a MINI shop to have it properly bled.
Thanks for all your input. You're always so helpful. So I've watched a few videos and looked up a few images, and now I'm just trying to locate that bleed valvue, in hopes of doing it myself and hopefully fixing the issue.
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Old 09-22-2015, 03:23 AM
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How much coolant does a car take? I bought a gallon of coolant, didn't use it all but it seems my mini keeps drinking it. I didn't use the car at all one day, and the coolant level was right at the very bottom of the jug where the little opening started. I topped it off with coolant and it's still where it sits after checking after a quick drive (surprisingly the overheating engine sign didn't pop up).

Also, I never ended up finding that bleed screw thingy.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:52 AM
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take it to a MINI shop/dealer get it looked at and bled properly, before it is broke, would be my suggestion (just like the others )
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The R-56 can be difficult to purge the air pockets in the cooling system...

The MINI dealer has a vacuum system they use for this purpose..
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The R-56 can be difficult to purge the air pockets in the cooling system...

The MINI dealer has a vacuum system they use for this purpose..
I agree with this. Even MINI techs admit that it's "difficult".

Just cruise to the dealer and have them bleed it for you. The car will be as good as new.
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