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    Question How to change the Oil in the MINI Cooper.

    Instead of me writing out how-to's for both generations of the MINI, here are two links showing detailed steps in how to change your oil in the MINI Cooper:

    R50/R53 First Generation - LINK

    R56/R57 Second Generation - LINK

    If you want an easier way of changing the oil, watch this video: LINK To do this method, you will need to purchase this or something similar to it: Liquivac Topside Oil Changer

    Recommended Oil: 5w30 Castrol Syntec
    Recommended Filter: OEM only. There have been many cases were aftermarket oil filters have failed.
    Where to dispose used oil: Most Auto Supply stores will dispose old oil free of charge. Do the environment a favor by not throwing the jugs in the trash.


    Resetting Oil Service Light on your 2002 - 2006 MINI Cooper and Cooper S, and 2007 - 2008 MINI Convertibles:

    1) Press and hold the trip button
    2) Insert key and turn to position 1
    3) Watch for RESET to appear
    4) Release the button, then press & hold it again
    5) Wait for the RESET to flash
    6) Release the button, and then press & release (once only)
    7) Service interval should then be reset to next interval

    If that didn't work, try this:
    1. Push the Trip Button
    2. Turn ignition key to position 1 and 51A will appear to left of mileage
    3. Release trip button
    4. Wait 3 seconds
    5. Push trip button
    6. Wait (5-8 seconds) for RST to appear in left corner
    7. Release trip button
    8. Push trip button
    9. 15000 will appear as new service interval
    10. Release trip button

    Or this:
    1. Press and hold the trip odometer button.
    2. Insert car key and turn it to the fi rst position (not the second position).
    3. You will see 51A come up in the trip odometer area.
    4. Release, then press and hold again.
    5. Watch for the word “RST” to appear on the Odometer indicator.
    6. Release, then press and hold again.
    7. Wait for the “RST” message to fl ash.
    8. Release, and then press & release (once only).



    Resetting Oil Service Light R56

    You will find this useful if you do your own oil changes. Keep in mind you should wait until your factory service expires, since resetting the indicator may lead the dealer to deny oil changes since the indicator does not indicate an oil change is due.

    1. Press and hold the trip odometer button.
    2. Insert car key and turn it to the first position (not the second position).
    3. You will see 51A come up in the trip odometer area.
    4. Release, then press and hold again.
    5. Watch for the word “RST” to appear on the Odometer indicator.
    6. Release, then press and hold again.
    7. Wait for the “RST” message to fl ash.
    8. Release, and then press & release (once only).

    The Service interval is now reset to 10,000 miles for the first time you do this function, or 15,500 miles for each subsequent reset. Keep in mind that if you’re having the dealer do every other service, do not reset the indicator. The dealer will not do an oil service unless the indicator reads that they should do so.

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    Just curious. How do you turn the key? Heh,heh,heh....

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    I thought this thread was a good place to ask this question. Through a source that I trust I was told that if an OEM oil filter was not available then a WIX filter from Oreilly or a Super Gold from Napa were suitable subs, when I went to O'reilly's and was asked me several questions I did not understand. One had to do with engine code and the other was if my engine was a single over head cam (SOHC) or Dual overhead cam (DOHC). I as not aware that Mini did DOHC engines and how do I know which engine code I have? I have 07 R52 (convertible Cooper S), I want to change my oil tomorrow and screwed up and forgot to get a filter when I was at the dealer yesterday. I need an answer pretty quick if anyone can help me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.O.E.T View Post
    I thought this thread was a good place to ask this question. Through a source that I trust I was told that if an OEM oil filter was not available then a WIX filter from Oreilly or a Super Gold from Napa were suitable subs, when I went to O'reilly's and was asked me several questions I did not understand. One had to do with engine code and the other was if my engine was a single over head cam (SOHC) or Dual overhead cam (DOHC). I as not aware that Mini did DOHC engines and how do I know which engine code I have? I have 07 R52 (convertible Cooper S), I want to change my oil tomorrow and screwed up and forgot to get a filter when I was at the dealer yesterday. I need an answer pretty quick if anyone can help me?
    have napa gold oil filter #7303 if you can use it, can bring to mod on sunday---cost $8.00
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    Quote Originally Posted by colbillr View Post
    have napa gold oil filter #7303 if you can use it, can bring to mod on sunday---cost $8.00
    Thats super cool of you to offer it to hime Bill!

    Ill make a thread about engine codes
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    That would be great Bill. Will it work on my car? I Know you don't have an S, will it matter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.O.E.T View Post
    That would be great Bill. Will it work on my car? I Know you don't have an S, will it matter?
    not sure will bring it>>some will know!!
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    Filter will work with S.

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    Then consider it sold

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle View Post
    Filter will work with S.
    thanks i will be sure to bring it!!
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