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#999914 - 10/30/17 05:05 PM 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lb Mini  
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Nicol's '06 Mini Cooper S is in need of a new clutch as it's shifting poorly. Seeing as a clutch job is more expensive then the KBB trade-in value (that's depressing), I thought I'd try and tackle it myself. Wow, what a monster of a job this has been.
Two schools of thought here. Either yank out the engine or drop the transmission out the bottom. Both methods suck and are a lot of work, but I chose the latter. Here's some pics of the car and everything that has come out/off, including the sub-frame, before you can get to the transmission.


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As it turns out, the clutch disk was worn, but not horribly. But, the throw-out bearing had come apart and bits were rolling around the bell housing. I'm still putting it back together as I'm waiting on a couple parts that I may have broken during tear down dontknow
This car has been a lot of fun over the years, but it's a beast to work on.




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#999918 - 10/30/17 05:49 PM Re: 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lbs Mini [Re: greiffster]  
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Practice this one in front of the mirror for a few minutes Mike.......

"Wow, my back hurts. Honey......jobs like these would be SO much easier if I had a proper lift. It would pay for itself in no time."


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#999919 - 10/30/17 06:02 PM Re: 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lbs Mini [Re: greiffster]  
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That looks like even more fun than I had replacing the steering rack on our Volvo XC. It sat on top of the subframe that held the engine/tranny, so same choices you had - I managed to sneak it out by jacking up the engine six inches, dropping the subframe then snaking the rack out through where the right front suspension used to be.

I don't think you're really getting the full experience though because you have a fancy garage instead of a carport. In Oregon. In the winter. Oh, also I had to do it twice because the brand new rack leaked. wink

Has Nicol been riding the GS to school?

Edit to add:
Too bad you didn't weigh all the parts you took off - I bet it was a third of the car!

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#999924 - 10/30/17 06:35 PM Re: 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lbs Mini [Re: OoPEZoO]  
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Originally Posted by OoPEZoO
Practice this one in front of the mirror for a few minutes Mike.......

"Wow, my back hurts. Honey......jobs like these would be SO much easier if I had a proper lift. It would pay for itself in no time."


Actually, my back is killing me. Along with the my bloody index finger that I hit with my angle grinder (stripped pressure plate bolt). Nicol actually thinks I do stupid jobs like this so I can buy more tools I don't already have. mmmm...lift.


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#999925 - 10/30/17 06:38 PM Re: 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lbs Mini [Re: greiffster]  
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#999927 - 10/30/17 06:39 PM Re: 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lbs Mini [Re: szurszewski]  
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Originally Posted by szurszewski

Has Nicol been riding the GS to school?


I told her to take it. bike She told me I was driving her to school. dopeslap


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#999940 - 10/30/17 09:14 PM Re: 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lbs Mini [Re: greiffster]  
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Today's vehicles are incredibly densely packed. Take the fairings off a wethead RT if you don't believe me. Anyway, it does make them harder to work on. I think the shop manuals practically say "Step 1: disassemble the entire vehicle".


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#999944 - 10/30/17 09:58 PM Re: 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lbs Mini [Re: greiffster]  
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Reminds me of back in my youth when a friend had an Austin-Healey Sprite that needed engine work. Two of us stood on either side in the engine bay and lifted the engine out handing it to two more friends who set it on the ground.


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#999958 - 10/31/17 04:39 AM Re: 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lbs Mini [Re: eddd]  
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Originally Posted by eddd

Reminds me of back in my youth when a friend had an Austin-Healey Sprite that needed engine work. Two of us stood on either side in the engine bay and lifted the engine out handing it to two more friends who set it on the ground.


...I think you're just trying to show off that you had three friends in your youth - that must have been cool wink

Laura, Jeremiah, the dogs and I rode through Hurricane yesterday - I sort of waved in a general direction as I didn't know where you were. Considered posting a joke about bringing your old "short pants" by for a visit, but then decided against it...and now here it is.

wave


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#999961 - 10/31/17 10:09 AM Re: 10 lbs engine/tranny in a 5 lbs Mini [Re: greiffster]  
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From my count, I only saw three adult beverages, one bottle and two cans...did the heavier stuff stay in the house for after work hours?


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