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Pelican Technical Article:

Door Check Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$60

Talent:

****

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, Door panel clip tool, flathead & Phillips screwdriver, T30 Torx, E10 inverted Torx

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Door check, door panel clips, red Loctite

Hot Tip:

Have door panel trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Door opens normally

Complementary Modification:

Lubricate and clean door latch

The door check keeps the door from opening too far and allows the door to hold an open position. When door checks begin to fail, the door will no longer stay open and tends to close on you when you release it while entering or exiting the vehicle. The welded mounting nut (in the door jamb) can also fail, leaving the door check improperly mounted. If this happens, you will need to visit a body shop to have a new nut installed. If you hear a clicking sound when open and closing your door, inspect the fasteners at the door side of the door check. The nuts are mounted in plastic and can break free, causing a loose connection and noise.

The first step in replacing the door check is removal of the door trim panel. This is necessary in order to gain access to and remove the window regulator. You need to disconnect the battery before working on the panel. See our tech article on door panel removal and window regulator removal.

Remember that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been 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.

This tech article will show you how to replace the door check on MINI R56 models.

The door check (red arrow) and rubber seal (green arrow) are both available as replacement parts, as well as the fasteners.
Figure 1

The door check (red arrow) and rubber seal (green arrow) are both available as replacement parts, as well as the fasteners. The original fasteners are microencapsulated, meaning they were supplied with theadlocker already pre-applied. If you're reusing the fasteners, be sure to apply Loctite on the fasteners. To begin, remove the window regulator. See our tech article on window regulator replacing.

Next, you have to detach the rubber seal (red arrow).
Figure 2

Next, you have to detach the rubber seal (red arrow). Pull it off the door and door check to remove it.

Then support the door in the open position.
Figure 3

Then support the door in the open position. This can be done using a milk crate or apple box. Next, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows). The original fasteners are microencapsulated (inset). If you're reusing the fasteners, be sure to apply Loctite on the fasteners.

Working at the door jamb, remove the E10 inverted Torx fastener (red arrow).
Figure 4

Working at the door jamb, remove the E10 inverted Torx fastener (red arrow).

Then remove the door check through the door cavity (red arrow).
Figure 5

Then remove the door check through the door cavity (red arrow). To inspect the condition of the welded nut, I threaded in the E10 bolt, and then tried to press it in. If the nut is secure, it shouldn't move. Reverse the steps to install the new door check.

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