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Pelican Technical Article:

Tachometer Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1.5 hours

Tab:

$300

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, T30 Torx bit and ratchet

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Instrument cluster

Hot Tip:

Work in good light and on clean surface.

Performance Gain:

Working tach

Complementary Modification:

Install accessory gauges

The tachometer on MINI models measures the crankshaft revolution and displays this info for the driver.

The tachometer on MINI R56 models is serviced as a whole unit. When a bulb or the gauge fails in the tach you have two options: remove the unit and replace it with a new one, or send it out to a repair service. I feel like option two, sending it out for repair is best. You save money on the part and do not have to worry about coding it. If you decide to replace the tachometer with a new one, you will need to have it coded and programmed using an advanced MINI scan tool.

You can also install the MINI accessory gauges that attached to the sides of the tach. You can select temperature, oil info or boost pressure. Gauges are available as a kit with the mounting bracket and module. Once installed you will have to program the new module. See our tech article on accessory gauge installing.

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.

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Remove the lower left side instrument panel trim. See our tech article on lower left side instrument trim panel replacing.

The tachometer (green arrow) on MINI R56 models is serviced as a whole unit.
Figure 1

The tachometer (green arrow) on MINI R56 models is serviced as a whole unit. When a bulb or the gauge fails in the tach you have two options: remove the unit and replace it with a new one, or send it out to a repair service. I feel like option two, sending it out for repair is best. You save money on the part and do not have to worry about coding it. If you decide to replace the tachometer with a new one, you will need to have it coded and programmed using an advanced MINI scan tool. You can also install the MINI accessory gauges (red arrows) that attached to the sides of the tach. You can choose temperature, oil info or boost pressure. Gauges are available as a kit with the mounting bracket and module. Once installed you will have to program the new module. See our tech article on accessory gauge installing.

Working at the top of the steering column, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 2

Working at the top of the steering column, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Slide the tach toward the steering wheel to detach it (red arrow).
Figure 3

Slide the tach toward the steering wheel to detach it (red arrow). Let it rest on the column for now.

Next, you will have to disconnect the electrical connectors.
Figure 4

Next, you will have to disconnect the electrical connectors. If only the tach, you have to disconnect the one at the left (red arrow). If you have accessory gauges, there is a module on the right of the steering column that you have to disconnect (green arrow).

For only the tach, detach the connector (red arrow) from the mount and pull it out from between the steering column (green arrow) and lower instrument panel.
Figure 5

For only the tach, detach the connector (red arrow) from the mount and pull it out from between the steering column (green arrow) and lower instrument panel. 

With the connector out of the instrument panel, press the button and open the lever to disconnect it.
Figure 6

With the connector out of the instrument panel, press the button and open the lever to disconnect it.

Locate the tach module.
Figure 7

Locate the tach module. It is white with two connectors and located on the right of the steering column. Disconnect the two electrical connectors (red arrows).

Remove the tach from the vehicle.
Figure 8

Remove the tach from the vehicle. Now reverse these steps to reinstall and program the new tach when complete. If needed, remove the two Phillips head screws (red arrows) and swap the accessory gauges to the new tach.

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