Mini Cooper Schedule Maintenance

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mini cooper maintenance

A common problem with Mini Coopers is sludge build up in the bottom of oil pans and improper running engines. This is why it is important to have a mini schedule maintenance when due. Sludge can happen to any vehicle, regardless of the car’s age or mileage. This is because of blocked internal passages of the engine feeding variable or blocked valve timing or chain gears.

When manufactures introduced their FSS (flexible service system) which was suppose to tell the difference between normal and severe driving conditions, they were experiencing a high engine failure rate. When the car reaches 15,000 MILES without proper maintenance it is highly likely your Mini will encounter problems especially in the heat here in South Florida.

MINI Inspection 1 Service

Mini Inspection 1 Service: The MINI Inspection 1 Service is the smaller of the two Mini Cooper inspection services recommended by MINI. German Car Depot your South Florida Independent Mini specialist.

Mini Coopers actually give a date, miles and time of error codes. This aids in making sure we do not have false positives. Selling unneeded repairs unlike the Mini dealers GCD techs and service writers do not get paid on what is sold no commission at GCD.

MINI Inspection 1 Schedule Service today and save on dealership prices.

Worried about you factory warranty well don’t! The FTC did passed law back in 1970 is called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and among the many things it does is empower the Federal Trade Commission to prohibit car manufacturers from voiding a vehicle’s warranty because service was done by a non-dealer.

Mini Coopers have 2 types of service:

1. Inspection (I)

2. Inspection (II)

Inspection (I) is also known as a Minor service and Inspection (II) is also known as a Major service.

Inspection II includes most of the tasks from Inspection I with additional Inspection II tasks.


  • Oil and Filter
  • Check Trasmission Fluid for leaks
  • Change CVT (automatic transmission) fluid
  • Check CV joint boots for damage or leaks
  • Visually check fuel tank, fuel lines and connections for leaks
  • Check condition, position and mounting of exhaust system. Adjust if necessary.
  • Check struts and shock absorbers for leaks
  • Check front control arm bushings for damage or wear
  • Check power steering system for leaks. Check fluid level and add if necessary.
  • Check steering rack and tie rods for tightness.
  • Check condition of steering linkage and steering shaft joints.

Check overall thickness of front and rear brake pads.

If replacement is necessary:

  • – Examine Brake disc surface
  • – Clean brake pad contact points in calipers
  • – Grease wheel centering hubs
  • – Check thickness of parking brake linings only when replacing rear brake pads
  • – Check operation of parking brake and adjust as necessary
  • Check brake system connections and lines for leaks, damage and incorrect positioning
  • Check parking brake actuator. Adjust if necessary.
  • Check all tire pressures (including spare if equipped) and correct if necessary.
  • Check condition of tire tread surface, tread wear pattern. Align if necessary.
  • Inspect entire body according to terms of rust perforation limited warranty. (Must be performed every 2 years)
  • Read out on-board diagnostic (OBDII) fault codes
  • Check engine coolant system / heater hose connections for leaks.
  • Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level. Add if necessary
  • Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Add if necessary.
  • Check air conditioner for operation.
  • Replace ventilation mircofilter. (Reduce replacement interval in dusty conditions.)
  • Reset service interval display.

Check battery state of charge

Check operation of:

  • – headlights, fog lights, parking lights, back-up lights, turn signals,
  • – emergency flashers, stop lights, license plate lights, interior lights,
  • – glove compartment light, make-up mirror light, flashlight,
  • – engine compartment light, trunk light.
  • Check instrument panel lights
  • Check warning and indicator lights, check control
  • Check operation of horn, headlight dimmer and flasher switch
  • Check wipers and windshield washer system
  • Check aim of washer jets and adjust if necessary
  • Visually examine all airbag units for torn covers, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations, or accessories
  • Check central locking system
  • Check operation and condition of door, engine hood and rear hatch latches
  • Check heater, air-conditioner blower and rear defogger operation
  • Check operation of rear view mirrors


  • braking performance
  • steering
  • heating
  • air-conditioner operation

Check manual transmission and clutch or automatic transmission operation


  • Everything in 1 and
  • Air filter Element
  • Serpentine Belt – 60,000 miles for Cooper S
  • Brake Fluid – Every 2 years (dealer recommended)
  • Coolant – Every 4 years
  • Oxygen Sensor – Replace at 100,000 miles
  • Spark Plugs – Replace at 100,000 miles
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