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Pelican Technical Article:

Radio DVD Player Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

****

Tools:

T20 T30 Torx, wire crimpers, wire strippers, plastic trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

R52 MINI Cooper Convertible (2007-08)
R52 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2007-08)
R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)
R57 MINI Cooper Convertible (2009-11)
R57 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2009-11)

Parts Required:

Radio, wiring harness adapter, antenna adapter

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery before removing radio

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty radio

Complementary Modification:

Install aftermarket radio

Most electrical components on MINI R56 models require programming using an advanced MINI scan tool when replacing. With that said, don't feel you can't replace these items yourself. You also have the option of swapping out used items, which will at times work without programming. I don't have experience with this method, due to my access to a MINI scan tool, but it is something to consider. I have been told programming of used items isn't always required, so this may be an option, but I cannot vouch for it working 100% of the time. If you have experience with used parts installation, please share your experience as it will help the Pelican Parts community.

The radio is located in the center of the dashboard. There are a few different radio options that came in MINI models. Try to identify your options before purchasing replacement parts. For example, my subject vehicle could have: basic radio, radio with car communication computer (ccc) and radio with amplifier and ccc. If you have a problem with your radio you can swap it out using the instructions below. If you want to install an aftermarket radio, use these instructions to remove your radio. Then install a wiring harness adapter to the factory connector and install the aftermarket radio. I suggest always using a wiring harness adapter and avoid cutting any wires on the factory harness. This way if you want to reinstall the factory radio, it will plug in and work as it did when new. Always check the radio fuse before replacing the radio, including the fuse at the back of the radio. See step 19 for the fuse location. If you have navigation, it will be part of your radio, housing the DVD player.

Our vehicle had navigation and radio with amplifier. That means the radio controls are not higher up, like on models without navigation. Replacing the other style radios is similar, and this procedure should help you get the job done.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Below are the steps and procedure for service mode: MINI Radio:

Service mode -

Proceed as follows to call up the Service mode:

Terminal 30 g needs to be ON.

Switch off the radio.

Switch on the radio again.

Press the button for manual tuning within 8 seconds and hold it down for at least 8 seconds.

The radio switches to service mode.

The following functions can be called up and executed with the radio in service mode:

Serial number display

Software status display

Revision index display

Display and settings for speed-dependent volume control

Display and settings for aerial selection

Frequency display, signal strength and station quality

Display of status and increment of digital sound processor

Display and settings for minimum volume for traffic announcements

Display test

Display and settings for reception areas

Display and settings for Car and Key Memory

Settings for alternative frequency AF tracking

Display of a test mode for development

Serial number display

When service mode starts up, the serial number always appears first. The serial number cannot be set in the Service mode. The serial number is formed according to the following pattern: Serial number:

AABBBBCDDDDDDD

A: Supplier code, 2-digit

B: Module code, 4-digit

C: Manufacturer code, 1-digit

D: Serial number, 7-digit

Software status display:

The device data and the current software status are displayed. The display may vary on different radios. The software version can be displayed as follows: XXX XX-XXX 4.25.1 (the last 4 digits indicate the current software version of the radio).

Revision index display:

The revision index (RI) is displayed. The revision index starts with start of series production at BMW/MINI. The RI is a series of ascending consecutive numbers. The display may look like this: RI__29

RI: Revision Index

29: Revision 29

Display and settings for speed-dependent volume control:

The factor for raising the volume as speed increases is displayed. The value indicates how strongly the volume is increased. The setting is selected using the function buttons. The value may vary between 1 and 6. Value 1 is a minimum increase. Value 6 is a maximum increase. Depending on the model concerned, the basic setting will be between 2 and 3.

Display and settings for aerial selection:

The selected aerial is displayed. The default setting is AUTO. The Scan button can be used to switch through aerials 1 to 4. Aerial diversity must be installed for this function. Aerial 1 is the roof-mounted aerial, aerials 2 to 4 are rear-window aerials. When the menu is closed, the default value should be reset to AUTO.

Frequency display, signal strength and station quality:

The field strength and quality of each radio station are displayed. The number of individual positions can differ depending on the selected frequency range. The display is structured according to the following pattern:

Frequency range (e.g. FM, AM)

Frequency (e.g. 102.7)

Signal strength (e.g. 12) - The value may vary between 0 and 15. A value of 0 indicates that no signal strength can be measured. A value of 15 indicates that the maximum signal strength has been achieved.

Station quality (e.g. 10) - The value may vary between 0 and 15. A value of 0 indicates that the reception quality is poor. A value of 15 indicates that the best quality maximum has been achieved.

Display of status and increment of digital sound processor.

Display of whether a digital sound processor (DSP) is fitted. DSP = 0, DSP not installed (stereo system, HiFi system) DSP = 1, DSP installed (top HiFi system) The volume currently set is also displayed. The display may vary between 0 and 63.

Stereo system: Volume from 0 to 48

HiFi system: Volume from 0 to 56

Top HiFi system: Volume from 0 to 63

Display and settings for minimum volume for traffic announcements:

The value by which the volume is increased is displayed. The values can lie between -9 and +9. A value of 0 indicates an increase equal to the factory setting. A value between -9 and +9 indicates a corresponding increase or decrease.

Display test:

This function can be used to test the display. Various test displays can be called up using the function keys (test cards, chessboard pattern). Press the ON/OFF button to exit this menu item.

Display and settings for reception areas - Reception areas can be selected in this menu.

ECE for Europe

US for US release

JPN for Japan

OCN for Oceania

Settings for alternative frequency AF tracking:

The RDS function can be selected in this menu. The following settings are possible:

RDS OFF, AF OFF - RDS function unavailable to the customer as button and function. No soft key available, although traffic announcements or program type function are. This means that it is possible to process RDS data.

RDS ON, AF OFF - RDS function available to the customer as button and function, AF tracking disabled

RDS ON, AF manual - RDS function available to customer as button and function, AF tracking with activated RDS function only on muting started by pressing button

RDS ON, AF automatic - RDS function available to the customer as button and function, automatic AF tracking with RDS function enabled

Display of a test mode for development:

The scope of the tests is shown in this menu. Important: Do not make any changes in this menu. The default value is Line Tool.

Display and settings for Car and Key Memory:

The Key Memory function can be selected in this menu. Switching this function on also activates the Car and Key Memory functions for the radio.

Saving and exiting:

To exit from the Service mode, switch off the radio. All the settings in each of the menu items are stored on exiting.

This tech article covers replacing the radio and DVD player (red arrow).
Figure 1

This tech article covers replacing the radio and DVD player (red arrow). Start by removing the left side lower instrument panel trim. Please see our tech article.

Move the steering wheel as far down and away from the dashboard as it will go.
Figure 2

Move the steering wheel as far down and away from the dashboard as it will go. Working at the top of the steering column, remove the two T30 Torx screws for the tachometer (red arrows). Once the fasteners are removed, slide the tachometer toward the steering wheel.

Using a plastic prying tool (red arrow), lever the left side instrument panel trim off the instrument panel.
Figure 3

Using a plastic prying tool (red arrow), lever the left side instrument panel trim off the instrument panel.

Next remove the trim panel (red arrow) from the instrument panel.
Figure 4

Next remove the trim panel (red arrow) from the instrument panel.

Open the glove compartment.
Figure 5

Open the glove compartment. Remove the small trim piece on the left side below the vent (red arrow). Lever it out using a plastic trim panel tool.

Working at the defroster vent, lever out the two small covers in the front corners (red arrows).
Figure 6

Working at the defroster vent, lever out the two small covers in the front corners (red arrows). Use a small flathead screwdriver (green arrow) to pop them out.

Next, remove the two T20 Torx screws located beneath the covers (red arrows).
Figure 7

Next, remove the two T20 Torx screws located beneath the covers (red arrows).

Slide the instrument cluster trim forward (red arrow).
Figure 8

Slide the instrument cluster trim forward (red arrow). Once free from the instrument panel, lay it aside. I let it rest on the top of the instrument panel.

Next up you have to remove the instrument panel trim strip the key slot is mounted in.
Figure 9

Next up you have to remove the instrument panel trim strip the key slot is mounted in. Start by removing the two upper T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Next, remove the two lower T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 10

Next, remove the two lower T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows). Remove the key slot and let it hang from the ribbon cable. Support it so the weight of the trim piece is not on the cable.

Next up you have to remove the instrument panel fasteners.
Figure 11

Next up you have to remove the instrument panel fasteners. Start by removing the two lower T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Next, remove the upper T20 Torx fastener (red arrow).
Figure 12

Next, remove the upper T20 Torx fastener (red arrow).

Slide the cluster forward enough to access the connector at the left side.
Figure 13

Slide the cluster forward enough to access the connector at the left side. Pull the electrical connector straight out (red arrow).

Next, remove the four T20 Torx screws for the radio (red arrows).
Figure 14

Next, remove the four T20 Torx screws for the radio (red arrows).

Lift the instrument cluster up and slide the radio toward the rear of the vehicle.
Figure 15

Lift the instrument cluster up and slide the radio toward the rear of the vehicle. Lift the cluster enough so the radio tab (red arrow) clears.

Next, disconnect the electrical connectors.
Figure 16

Next, disconnect the electrical connectors. Start by unplugging the cable at the bottom (red arrow). This is the shortest cable, so it has to be disconnected first.

Disconnect the cooling fan connector (yellow arrow) by pulling it straight out, if equipped.
Figure 17

Disconnect the cooling fan connector (yellow arrow) by pulling it straight out, if equipped. Disconnect the coaxial cables (red arrows) by pressing the release tab and pulling them straight out.

Disconnect the main connector by squeezing the clip and moving the lever (red arrow) down until the connector is out of the radio.
Figure 18

Disconnect the main connector by squeezing the clip and moving the lever (red arrow) down until the connector is out of the radio.

Remove the radio from the vehicle.
Figure 19

Remove the radio from the vehicle. You now have access to the 20 amp fuse (red arrow) at the back of the radio. Check that it is in good shape before replacing the radio. This fuse could be your only issue if the radio does not function.

If you're diagnosing an issue with the radio or navigation, you can turn the key on and check if the upper fiber optic lights up.
Figure 20

If you're diagnosing an issue with the radio or navigation, you can turn the key on and check if the upper fiber optic lights up. If it does, you have good light to the radio. The light will only stay on for a few seconds when the key is turned on.

When installing, be careful not to kink or bend the fiber optic cables (red arrow).
Figure 21

When installing, be careful not to kink or bend the fiber optic cables (red arrow).

Reverse the steps to reinstall everything.
Figure 22

Reverse the steps to reinstall everything. When installing the IHKA trim, plug the aux input in, but leave it hanging out of the trim panel (red arrow). This helps with getting the wiring to clear the instrument panel.



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