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Front and Rear Wheel Well Liner Replacement
 
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Front and Rear Wheel Well Liner Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1.5 hours

Tab:

$150

Talent:

***

Tools:

10mm sockets, Phillips screwdriver, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, lug wrench, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Wheel well plastic rivets

Hot Tip:

Tape body so you don't scratch it

Performance Gain:

Access to evaporator canister filter, horn and washer reservoir

Complementary Modification:

Replace all plastic rivets

The wheel wells (inner fenders) on your MINI R56 are fitted with plastic liners. These liners help to keep water and debris from entering body panels, electrical components and the engine comportment. The wheel well liners also help to reduce road noise and offer another level of weight reduction by reducing the amount of metal used in the fenders and surrounding components.

The front wheel well liner protects the front fender from water and helps to dampen road noise. You will need to remove it to replace a front fender. Also, the windshield washer reservoir is located behind the left front wheel well liner. Wheel well liners are frequently damaged from impacts with parking blocks or curbs, sometimes leaving the liner hanging or dragging on the wheel. When replacing, I suggest having enough plastic expanding anchor screws for the liner you are removing, as they frequently do not survive removal. See the text below to determine how many you need, depending on what you are servicing.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and 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 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.

Raise and support the front or rear of your vehicle. See our tech article on jacking up your vehicle.

Front liner: The wheel well liner (red arrows) is one piece, wrapping around the inner fender and behind the strut.
Figure 1

Front liner: The wheel well liner (red arrows) is one piece, wrapping around the inner fender and behind the strut. It is removed as one piece. Each front liner has 6 plastic expanding anchor screws.

Front liner: Starting at the strut, remove the Phillips head plastic screw (green arrow).
Figure 2

Front liner: Starting at the strut, remove the Phillips head plastic screw (green arrow). Then remove the plastic expanding anchor (inset). These usually pull out by hand. If it gives you trouble use a trim panel tool.

Front liner: Working at the front corner of the liner, remove the four Phillips head plastic screws (green arrows).
Figure 3

Front liner: Working at the front corner of the liner, remove the four Phillips head plastic screws (green arrows). Then remove the plastic expanding anchors.

Front liner: Next, at the top of the liner, remove the Phillips head plastic screw (red arrow).
Figure 4

Front liner: Next, at the top of the liner, remove the Phillips head plastic screw (red arrow). Then remove the plastic expanding anchor. Then remove the T30 Torx fastener (green arrow).

Front liner: Working at the rear of the liner, remove the T30 Torx fastener (green arrow).
Figure 5

Front liner: Working at the rear of the liner, remove the T30 Torx fastener (green arrow).

Front liner: Working at the rear corner of the liner, remove the Phillips head plastic screw (green arrow).
Figure 6

Front liner: Working at the rear corner of the liner, remove the Phillips head plastic screw (green arrow). Then remove the plastic expanding anchor. Then remove the 10mm plastic nut.

Front liner: Pull the panel down and away from the body of the vehicle and unhook the lower corner from the stud.
Figure 7

Front liner: Pull the panel down and away from the body of the vehicle and unhook the lower corner from the stud.

Front liner: Pull the panel down and away from the body of the fender well.
Figure 8

Front liner: Pull the panel down and away from the body of the fender well. Spread the section (red arrow) that wraps around the strut when removing it. Reverse the steps to install the liner. Replace any questionable fasteners.

Rear liner: The rear wheel well liner (green arrow) is one piece, wrapping around the inner fender.
Figure 9

Rear liner: The rear wheel well liner (green arrow) is one piece, wrapping around the inner fender. It is removed as one piece. Each rear liner has 5 plastic expanding anchor screws.

Rear liner: Working at the rear of the rear wheel well liner, remove the 10mm plastic nut (green arrow).
Figure 10

Rear liner: Working at the rear of the rear wheel well liner, remove the 10mm plastic nut (green arrow). The red arrow points to a plastic screw for orientation.

Rear liner: Working at the rear of the liner, remove the four Phillips head plastic screws (red arrows).
Figure 11

Rear liner: Working at the rear of the liner, remove the four Phillips head plastic screws (red arrows). Then remove the plastic expanding anchors (inset). Green arrow points to the plastic nut you previously removed.

Rear liner: Working at the front of the liner, remove the 10mm plastic nut (red arrow).
Figure 12

Rear liner: Working at the front of the liner, remove the 10mm plastic nut (red arrow). Then remove the Phillips head plastic screw (red arrow). Then remove the plastic expanding anchors.

Rear liner: Finally, remove the T20 Torx screw at the front of the liner (green arrow).
Figure 13

Rear liner: Finally, remove the T20 Torx screw at the front of the liner (green arrow). With all the fasteners removed, pull the rear of the liner away from the body. The detaching points are where the plastic nuts attach. Once free, rotate the liner toward the rear of the vehicle to remove it (red arrow). Reverse the steps to reinstall the liner.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Joey Comments: Great right up. Is it necessary to remove the fender flares since the liner material has some give / flexibility to bend? Thanks - Joey
August 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes it is. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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