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Mini Cooper S R56 (2007-2011) Technical Articles

Welcome to our MINI Cooper R56 Technical Articles section. We've gathered a vast collection of useful articles to help you perform many repairs and upgrades on your MINI. Save money by doing your own work and perform the repairs using the information we've provided here. Can't find what you're looking for? Check out our Enthusiast Forums - focusing on repair and maintenance projects for all Mini Coopers! If you'd like to submit a tech article based on your own experience, contact us here!

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 Basics & Essentials
 Jacking Up Your MINI
Most common tasks need the car to be jacked up in the air. But where should you place the jack, and what is the safest method of lifting it? It's all answered here.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12) 
Oil Change
The most common task to do on your MINI Cooper.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12) 
Air Filter Replacement 
New to working on your car? Not sure where the air filter is? Check out this simple article.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)   
Serpentine Belt Replacement
Here's some short instructions on this very basic of maintenance tasks.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)   
Washing Your Car
This article gives you some basic tips on this very basic task.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12) 
Cooper S Air Filter Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the air filter on turbocharged and John Cooper works engines.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Condition Based Service Explained
MINI uses a new way to determine service intervals called Condition Based Service (CBS). See what that means for you as a DIY'er when it comes to maintaining and servicing your MINI.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Identifying Vehicle Options
See how to determine what options and features your MINI R56 came equipped with.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Battery Replacing and Connection Notes
This tech article explains how to replace and register a new battery in your MINI R56.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Radiator Support Service Position
This tech article shows you how to place the radiator support into service position.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
 Engine
Spark Plug and Cable Replacement
Spark plugs are an important part of your engine - make sure that they are replaced every 10,000 miles or so to keep your ignition system running smoothly.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12) 
Belt Tensioner Replacement
Over time, the tensioner that keeps the serpentine belt on the MINI tight can fail. In this article, I'll go over the steps to replace it.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)  
Crankshaft Seal Replacement
Oil leak on the drive belt side of your engine? The crankshaft seal can be the culprit, it is quite common to find a leak there. The seal is PTFE type and requires a special tool and procedure to replace. See how in this easy to follow tech article for MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Drive Belt Replacement
See how to replace the drive belt on your R56 MINI without removing the front end or headlights.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Oil Catch Can Installing
See how to install an oil catch can on your R56 Cooper S.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Vacuum Pump Replacing
See how to replace the vacuum pump on MINI R56 Cooper S models
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Intercooler Replacing
This tech article shows you how to remove and replace the intercooler on turbocharged models. It also covers how to clean one.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharged Engine Alternator Replacing
See what it takes to replace your alternator in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Friction Wheel Replacing
See how to replace the friction wheel on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Right Side Engine Mount Replacing
See how to replace the right side engine mount in this tech article. These are known for failing and leaking fluid or sagging.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Valve Cover Replacing
See how to inspect the valve cover and replace the valve cover gasket in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Lower Engine Mount Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the lower engine mount on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Oil Leak Diagnosis
See how to pinpoint the source of an oil leak on your R56 MINI.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Starter Replacing
See how to replace the starter in this tech article
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Crankshaft Pulley Replacing
See how to replace the crankshaft pulley on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Oil filter housing and stand replacing
One of the toughest coolant leaks to track down is from the oil cooler. This can happen from corrosion at the cooler.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Coolant Temperature and Oil Pressure Sensor Replacing
Se how to replace the oil pressure and coolant temperature sensors on MINI R56 engine.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharged Engine Carbon Cleaning
See how to clean the carbon that gathers on the back on the intake valves on turbocharged engines.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharged Engine Timing Chain and Guide Replacing
See how to replace the timing chain and guides on MINI Turbocharged engines.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Oil Pan Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the oil pan gasket on MINI R56 models
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Understanding Oil Consumption
This tech article covers the topic of oil consumption. Due to modern oils and engine designs, most engines consume oil. This is considered normal at small amounts. This tech article explains what to look for and how to monitor it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Vacum pump Testing
See how to test the vacuum pump on MINI R56 S models.
     Applies to: 986 (n/a-a), 987 (2007-11)
 Fuel Injection
Monitoring OBD2 Systems
You can't figure out what is wrong with your car without first checking the fault codes. This article shows you what you need to "get a clue" about what is ailing your car.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Reading Fuel Injection Fault Codes 
What's going on with the fuel injection? The R5/EMX from Peake Research makes checking your fault codes a snap.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Cooper Throttle Housing Replacing
See how to replace the throttle housing on MINI Cooper R56 models with a normally-aspirated engine.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11)
Crankshaft Sensor Replacing
Need a new crankshaft sensor? This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Camshaft Sensor Replacing
Need a new crankshaft sensor? This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Camshaft Sensor Testing
This tech article shows you how to test the camshaft sensors on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Crankshaft Sensor Testing
Need a new crankshaft sensor? This tech article shows you how to test it to be sure you need a new one.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Cooper S Mass Air Flow Sensor Replacement
Need a new mass air flow sensor on your turbocharged Cooper S? This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
VANOS Solenoid Replacing
This tech article shows you how to remove, clean and replace the VANOS solenoids on MINI R56 vehicles.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Cooper Mass Air Flow Sensor Replacing
Need a new mass air flow sensor on your normally-aspirated MINI Cooper R56? This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (n/a-a)
Charcoal Canister and DMTL Pump Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the charcoal canister and the DMTL leak detection pump.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharged Engine Manifold Pressure Sensor Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the engine pressure sensors on MINI R56 models with N14 turbocharged engines.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharged Engine Intake Manifold Replacing
This tech article shows you how to relace the intake manifold on turbocharged engines.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Knock sensor Replacing
This tech article explains how to test and replace the knock sensor on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor Replacement
See how to replace the fuel rail pressure sensor on MINI R56 turbocharged engines
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharged Engine Fuel Injector Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the fuel injectors on turbocharged engines
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
High Pressure Fuel Pump Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the high pressure fuel pump on MINI R56 models with a turbocharged engine.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Mass Air Flow Sensor Testing
See how to test the mass air flow sensor on MINI models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Charge Air Duct Replacing Turbocharged engines
This tech article shows you how to remove all of the charge air ducts and intake air ducts on MINI Cooper S R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Engine Management Systems
This tech article defines different engine management systems available on MINI R56 models
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Fuel Filter Replacing
Poor engine performance? You may have a plugged fuel filter. See how to replace it here for your MINI R56.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Accelerator pedal sensor replacing
See how to replace the accelerator pedal sensor on MINI R56 models
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Fuel Pump Replacing
Faulty fuel pump? No problem, see how to replace it here.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Fuel Pump Testing
This tech article shows you how to test the fuel pump and pressure on your MINI R56.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Understanding Valvetronic Fault Codes
This tech article explains the Valvetronic system and the fault codes and common problems that may arise.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (n/a-a)
 Cooling System
Coolant Expansion Tank Replacing
See how to replace the coolant expansion tank on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Cooling System Draining and Filling
This tech article shows you how to drain ands fill your cooling system.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Engine Cooling Fan Replacing
See how to replace the engine cooling fan on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Auxiliary Coolant Pump Replacing
Turbocharged models have an auxiliary coolant pump. This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Water Pump Replacing
Leaky water pump? No problem, this tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharged Engine Thermostat Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the thermostat on turbocharged engines. Other engines are similar.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Radiator Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the radiator on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Cooling System Leak Testing
Find the source of the leak in your cooling system by following the steps in this tech article
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Heater core replacing
Leaky heater core? This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
 Transmission
Clutch Master and Slave Cylinder Replacement 
Clutch pedal feeling spongy? Try replacing your slave or master cylinder and rebleeding your system.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Manual Transmission Fluid Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the manual transmission fluid on R56 MINI Cooper and Cooper s models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Drive Axle Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the drive axle on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Drive Axle Seal Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the drive axle seal on MINI R56 models without completely removing the drive axle. Save time and money with this DIY.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Clutch Replacing
See how to replace a clutch on MINI R56 models
     Applies to: 986 (2007-11), 987 (2007-11)
 Brakes
Bleeding Brakes
Another tricky process. Here's a couple of hints and tips gathered from some good and bad experiences in brake bleeding.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Brake Disc Replacement
Stop! Yes, that's exactly what you want to do... but you can't always do so effectively if your brake rotors are worn too thin. Learn how to replace those old discs properly in this article here.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Brake Pad Replacement 
Want to know how to perform this relatively easy task and save some money at the same time? Check out our step-by-step instructions on brake pad replacement.
     Applies to:  R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12) 
 Installing Stainless Steel Brake Lines 
Repeated heat cycling and fluid contamination will eventually cause the inside of the lines to swell and the outside to crack. You've been warned, so now it's time to take action.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Front Brake Pad Replacement
Brake pad sensor light on? It might be time to replace those pads. You're in luck, we have the steps laid out for you in this easy to follow tech article.
     Applies to: Mini R56 (2007-13)
Front Brake Rotor Replacement
Learn how to replace your front brake rotors with this article.
     Applies to: Mini R56 (2007-13)
Rear Brake Pad Replacement
Grinding noise coming from the rear brakes? Here we describe how to replace the rear brake pads on an R56.
     Applies to: Mini R56 (2007-13)
Rear Brake Rotor Replacement
Learn how to replace your rear brake rotors with this article.
     Applies to: Mini R56 (2007-13)
Brake Pad Sensor Testing
I get a lot of questions on the new style brake pad sensor on MINI R56 models. This tech article explains how the sensor works and how to check if you have a faulty one, not allowing your brake pad light to be turned off.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Front Brake Caliper and Hose Replacing
See how to replace a sticky front brake caliper or a worn front brake hose in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Replacing
See how to replace a sticky front brake caliper or a worn front brake hose in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Testing
This tech article shows you how to test the abs wheel speed sensor on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Brake Pad and Rotor Specification Checking
Need to check if your brake pads or rotors are in spec? Use this tech article to see how and what the specifications are for MINI R56 vehicles.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Parking Brake Adjusting
See how to adjust the parking brake on your MINI R56 in this tech article
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Parking Brake Cable Replacing
See how to replace the parking brake cables on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Brake Master Cylinder Replacing
See how to replace the brake master cylinder in this tech article
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Brake Bleeding
See how to bleed the brakes on your MINI R56.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
 Suspension
Front Shock and Spring Replacement
Replacement of your front shocks and springs is one of the most common procedures for your MINI. See Jared's instructions here for complete details on the replacement process.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Rear Shock and Spring Replacement
Replacement of your rear shocks and springs is one of the most common procedures for your MINI. See Jared's instructions here for complete details on the replacement process.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Control Arm Bushing and Ball Joint Replacement
Over time, the various bushings and ball joints of the MINIs front suspension can wear and cause some interesting handling problems. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with replacing them.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Rear Sway Bar Replacement
A great way to improve the already stellar handling of the MINI is to replace the rear sway bar with a larger diameter bar. Replacement is a bit difficult, but I will show you all the steps here.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12) 
Sway Bar End Link Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace and diagnose faulty sway bar end links on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Front Wheel Bearing Replacing
Noisy front wheel bearing? See how to figure out which one it is and how to replace it in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Front Control Arm Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the front ball joint in a few easy steps.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Rear Control Arm Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the rear control arms on R56 MINI's.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Rear Sway Bar Replacing
See how to replace the rear sway bar on MINI R56 vehicles.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Rear Wheel bearing Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the rear wheel bearing on MINI R56 vehicles.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Rear Trailing Arm Bracket Replacing
The rear trailing arm is secure to the body via a metal bracket and an insulating bushing. The bushing can wear out over time and requires replacing. See how to in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Tire Pressure Monitoring
This tech article explains the tire pressure monitoring system used on R56 MINI's as well as how to reset it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Tie rod End Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the tie rod ends on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
 Electrical
Wiper Motor and Transmission Replacing
See how to replace the wiper motor and transmission in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Radio Amplifier Replacing
Problem with the sound from your radio? The issue may be the amplifier. This tech article shows you how to replace it and give a few quick tips on checking if it is working.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Rear Wiper Assembly Replacement
See how to replace the rear wiper arm and motor in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Third Brake and License Plate Lights Replacing
See how to replace the third brake and plate lights on MINI R56 vehicles.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Radio Antenna Testing and Replacing
Poor radio reception? This tech article shows you how to replace the radio antenna boosters and antenna module. I will also show you how to find the faulty component or antenna.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Rear Comfort Access Antenna Replacing
This article shows you how to replace and perform a quick check of the rear comfort access antenna
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Airbag Control Module Replacement
See what is involved with replacing the airbag control module in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Brake and Clutch Switch Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the clutch and brake switches on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Reverse Light Switch Replacing
See how to test and replace the reverse light switch on MINI R56 vehicles
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Steering Column Switch and Clock Spring Replacement
See how to replace the clock spring and steering column switches on a R56 MINI.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Blower motor replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the blower motor on MINI R56 models
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Blower final stage unit replacement
Need a new blower final stage unit? This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Blower motor and resistor testing
This tech article shows you how to test the blower motor and resistor on MINI R56 models
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Start Stop Switch replacing (redmote key slot)
This tech article shows you how to replace the start stop switch on MINI R56 vehicles
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Instrument cluster replacing
This tech article shows you how to remove and replace the sintrument cluster on R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
IHKA Panel and window door lock switch Replacement
Need a new IHKA or IHKS panel? See how to replace it along with the window and power door lock switches.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Radio Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the radio. It also shows how to perform the radio service modes.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Airbag system
This tech article describes the layout of the MINI R56 airbag system along with common faults and fixes.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Sunroof Drain Repairing
If your sunroof drains are leaking or plugged, this tech article shows you how to repair them.
     Applies to: 986 (2007-11), 987 (2007-11)
 Body
Cabin Air Filter Replacement
Changing the cabin air filter is literally a snap with our handy replacement guide.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12) 
Hood Shock Replacement
Bump! Don't you hate when your hood falls on your head? Hood shocks do wear out often, and replacement literally takes about 10 minutes.
     Applies to: R55/R56/R57 Cooper/Cooper S (2007-12)
Wheel Well Arch Trim Replacing
MINI R56 models achieve distinct wheel well arch trim piece. These trim pieces have to be removed for many repair procedure and replaced when worn or damaged from impacts. When removed, the trim clips break and are not reusable, be sure to get those too.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Hood and Tail Gate Support Strut Replacing
See how to replace the hood and trunk support struts in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Rear Spoiler Replacement
See how to replace your rear spoiler in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Tail Gate Handle / Release Button Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the tail gate release button on MINI R56 vehicles.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Tail Gate Latch Replacing
See how to replace the tail gate latch in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Tail Light Replacing
Need to replace a tail light bulb or lens? This tech article shows you how.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Rear Bumper Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the rear bumper on MINI R56 models
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Front Side Marker and Rear Fog Lights Replacing
See how to replace the front Side Marker and Rear Fog Lights on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Hood Scoop Replacing
The hood scoop on MINI Cooper S models sends cold air to the engine. You can replace a worn out scoop or install a carbon fiber JCW version. This tech article shows you how.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Radiator Grille Replacing
In a few easy steps you can remove and replace the radiator grille on your MINI.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Front Bumper Replacing
This tech article shows you how to remove the front bumper on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Fog Lights Replacing
See how to replace the fog light bulbs and lens in this tech article. You can also see how to adjust the angle of the beam to adjust your fog lights.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Exterior Door Handle Replacing
Need to replace your outer door handle? This tech article shows you how.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Door Latch Replacing
See how to replace the door latch on your MINI R56.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Door Panel Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the door panel trim. For inner door panel module (IDM) replacing, see our tech article on window regulator replacing.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Exterior Mirror Replacing
See how to replace the exterior mirror, mirror glass and trim in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Door Check Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the door check on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Wheel Well Liner Replacing
See how to remove and replace the wheel well liner on MINI R56 vehicles
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Headlight Replacement
See how to replace the headlight and headlights bulbs in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Door entrance strip/door sill replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the door entrance strip and sill trim.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Hood Release Cable Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the hood release cables on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Sunroof Drain Repairing
If your sunroof drains are leaking or plugged, this tech article shows you how to repair them.
     Applies to: 986 (2007-11), 987 (2007-11)
 Interior
Shift Knob Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the shift boot and shift knob on manual transmission models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Center Console Replacement
See how to remove and replace the center console on R56 MINI's.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Window Regulator Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the window motor and regulator on MINI R56 Coupe vehicles.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Interior Mirror Replacing
Replace the interior mirror in your MINI using this article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Left Lower Instrument Panel Trim Removing
This tech article shows you how to remove the Left Lower Instrument Panel Trim .
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Roof / Sunroof Switch Replacement
Need a new sunroof switch? This tech article shows you how to replace it, as well as the interior light bulbs in it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Steering wheel and Driver Airbag replacement
This tech article shows you how to remove the driver airbag and steering wheel
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Steering Column Replacement
See what is involved with replacing the steering column on MINI R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Tachometer Replacement
See how to replace the tachometer on MINI R56 models
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Interior Pillar Trim Replacing
Worn interior Pillar trim? See how to replace them all in this tech article.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Interior Door Sill Trim Replacing
Need new interior door sill trim? This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Hazard switch replacing
See how to replace the hazard switch on MINI R56models
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Seats Replacing
See how to replace your seats.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Front Seat Belt Buckle and Seat Position Switch Replacing
If you need a new front seat belt buckle or seat position switch in your MINI R56 because of fault codes, this tech article will show you how to replace both.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
 Exhaust
Exhaust System Replacement
See how to remove and replace the exhaust system on MINI R56 vehicles.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (2007-11), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharged Engine Oxygen Sensor Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the oxygen sensors on turbocharged engines.,
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Catalytic converter Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the catalytic converter on turbocharged R56 models.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharger Replacement
Turbochargers on R56 can be troublesome with a few common issues. This tech article goes over how they fail and how to replace them.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper (n/a-a), MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharger Oil Feed Line Head Shield Install
See how to quickly extend the lifetime of your turbocharger by installing an oil supply (FEED) line heat shield.
     Applies to: MINI Cooper S (2007-11)
Turbocharger Wastegate Testing
Turbochargers on R56 can be troublesome with a few common issues. This tech article goes over how they fail and how to test the wastegate.
     Applies to: 986 (n/a-a), 987 (2007-11)
 Miscellaneous
A/C System Diagnosing and Charging
This tech article covers how to diagnose and service your A/C system.
     Applies to: 986 (2007-11), 987 (2007-11)
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