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Condition Based Service Explained
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Condition Based Service Explained

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

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$20

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*

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Varies depending on service

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:

Service and maintenance parts

Hot Tip:

Store this in your owner's manual. Keep track of what and when you need service.

Performance Gain:

Understanding your vehicle maintenance needs

Complementary Modification:

Perform required service(s)

In the past, automotive service and maintenance intervals were recommended based primarily on mileage. For example, not long ago, most manufacturers recommended engine oil and filter changes every 3000 miles. This recommendation was based on assumptions regarding length of the average drive and other presumed "normal" conditions. Manufacturing materials and techniques have improved dramatically and service items like engine oil are also vastly improved over versions used 30 or 40 years ago. Automobile engine operation and performance is now almost entirely computer controlled. Primarily due to very strict emissions controls, electronic sensors monitor nearly every aspect of engine operation. Computerized feedback mechanisms correct small fluctuations from mapped operation parameters. Depending on use, maintenance intervals on most vehicle functions have been lengthened considerably compared to the standards of previous decades. Fluid levels and wear items such as brake pads can be monitored by sensors, with dashboard warning lights or messages alerting the driver to the maintenance needs of the vehicle.

Condition based service (CBS) is the system MINI created to manage regular service intervals and maintenance items. Service intervals and maintenance items are no longer services solely based on mileage or time, but now a combination of items. CBS utilizes sensors, vehicle driving conditions, and time to determine the service intervals.

In this article, I'll explain CBS and what it means when servicing your MINI R56. Before getting too deep into CBS, keep in mind that you decide when it is time to service what. Use the MINI CBS items as a guide. As an example of this, I would not leave a spark plug in my personal vehicle for 100,000 miles. That is what BMW suggests. I prefer to replace them at 60,000, as you may also. What is most important is to perform preventive maintenance to prolong the life of your MINI R56.

Maintenance items monitored by CBS can be viewed via the dashboard information center. The displayed maintenance items are: motor vehicle inspection, service, engine oil, brake fluid, front and rear brake pad service. Items like the cabin microfilter that are not in the CBS menu are replaced every 15,000 miles (or every third oil change).

CBS sorts service requirements according to date due and notifies you when the vehicle needs a service appointment. But you can also access these items and view the remaining time / mileage until service, as described below. If the state you reside in requires emission or safety inspections, this information may also be programmed and displayed. The service information is stored electronically in your remote key. If you bring your vehicle in for service, the service center will read this information via a key reader to determine needed service. There will also be additional services due, similar to Service I or II intervals of times past. For example, at 30,000 miles JCW models get spark plugs replaced, 45,000 miles for air filter and 60,000 miles for the spark plugs on the N14, N16, N18 engine. On the N12 engines the spark plugs are supposed to get changed at 100,000 miles.

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.

CBS sorts service requirements according to date due and notifies you when the vehicle needs a service appointment.
Figure 1

CBS sorts service requirements according to date due and notifies you when the vehicle needs a service appointment. But you can also access these items and view the remaining time / mileage until service, as described below. If the state you reside in requires emission or safety inspections, this information may also be programmed and displayed. The service information is stored electronically in your remote key (red arrow). If you bring your vehicle in for service, the service center will read this information via a key reader to determine needed service.

Service information will be displayed in the center of the tachometer.
Figure 2

Service information will be displayed in the center of the tachometer. When you perform a needed service, be sure to reset the indicator. For example, if you replace your engine oil, reset the indicator for engine oil. On late models, CBS data may also be found in the navigation computer under the menu heading Settings. To access the service information, turn your ignition ON but do not start the engine. Be sure the doors are closed. Confirm the lower display in the instrument cluster shows time and mileage. Press and hold the trip reset button (red arrow) or the BC button (green arrow) for 10 seconds.

Service-Info will be displayed after 10 seconds (green arrow).
Figure 3

Service-Info will be displayed after 10 seconds (green arrow). Press the BC button again to scroll through the service items. If you go too far or navigate out, start from step 2 again.

This indicator is for safety inspection / road test, also known as state inspection.
Figure 4

This indicator is for safety inspection / road test, also known as state inspection. You can edit the due date at the bottom to reset it. Press and hold the BC button until the date is highlighted. Then scroll through the months or years using the BC button.

This indicator is for brake fluid.
Figure 5

This indicator is for brake fluid. It is a time based replacement interval, due every two years or 24,000 miles. This item will be prompted depending on time it was last serviced.

This indicator is for engine oil.
Figure 6

This indicator is for engine oil. It is an adaptive based replacement interval. Fuel consumption and mileage is monitored to determine when a service is due. Most times it will be every 5,000 miles. You can see on the display a date and mileage is displayed. If you notice time or mileage going away at a rate faster than you expect, that is due to the adaptive nature of the algorithm.

This indicator is for vehicle check.
Figure 7

This indicator is for vehicle check. Vehicle check will appear every second oil change. You will have to check all lights and horns. The checks include: Instrument cluster function; Inspect seat belts; Inspect interior lights and warning buzzers; Check / replace wiper blades and check washer nozzles; Inspect body of vehicle; Inspect tires and rotate if needed; Reset tire pressure monitoring; Check battery; Inspect airbag system; Inspect Mirrors; Check drive belt, replace if needed; Check engine coolant, replace if needed; Inspect brake system including hoses and fluid; Check exhaust and driveline; Inspect convertible top, if equipped. Road test your MINI for performance issues.

This indicator is for front brakes.
Figure 8

This indicator is for front brakes. This is monitored via a two-stage brake pad wear sensor.

This indicator is for rear brakes.
Figure 9

This indicator is for rear brakes. This is monitored via a two-stage brake pad wear sensor.

Once you are at the desired item, press and hold the BC button until the word RESET appears.
Figure 10

Once you are at the desired item, press and hold the BC button until the word RESET appears. Press the BC button again and hold it until the mileage and distance displayed turns to dashes. Press the BC button on the turn signal stalk to confirm the reset.

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