Category Archives: Technical Articles – MINI Cooper

Technical Articles for MINI Cooper

Oil – It’s all the same isn’t it?

Engine oil – when its synthetic…its all the same isn’t it? For the longest time…BRracing prided itself on offering the same engine oil that the dealership offered for their customers.  We carried the same oil as the BMW dealership for BMWs, the same oil as the MINI dealership for MINI’s, the same oil as the […]

MINI Cooper R53 Auto Tranny Issue

MINI Cooper Automatic Transmission Issue For years, we have seen many MINI Coopers in the R53 / R52 line, and some models of the R56 line (up to 2011), with the AISIN automatic transmission (NOT the CVT transmission…those are still without a great solution), have all sorts of issues, usually starting at about 70-80k miles.  […]

Brake Rotors – Which One?

BRAKE ROTOR OPTIONS – Which One is  Right For You? When customers are adding or upgrading their brake system, we often get asked the question about which brake rotor type should they order (plain, cross-drilled, slotted, J-hook). The answer really comes down to the application(s).  If the upgrade is being done just for the looks […]

BMW / MINI Motor Oil – Major Shift

BMW / MINI Cooper Engine Oil Supplier Change For as many years as I can remember, BMW, and later BMW & MINI, have defined the ONLY engine oil of choice to be the synthetic engine oils produced by CASTROL for BMW & MINI Cooper. They were specifically designed, defined, and packaged for BMW / MINI […]

MINI Cooper S R53 Engine Mount

This is a view by BRR on the engine mount used in MINI Cooper S models from 2003 to 2006, including the convertible / cabriolet. The models are – MINI Cooper S R53 2003-2006, and MINI Cooper S R52 cabriolet 2003-2007 The issue and concern is a simple one.? Based on our customers experience, this […]

MINI Cooper PS Pump – Warranty Extension

MINI Cooper Power Steering Pump – Warranty Extension   Do you own a 02-05 MINI Cooper, or a 02-05 MINI Cooper S, or a 2005 R52 MINI Cooper or Cooper S Convertible in the US? Have you had to replace your power steering pump at your cost? Did you receive the letter from MINIUSA regarding […]

MINI Changes Oil Change Interval

MINI Oil Change Interval We have written before about our concern relative to the high mileage interval between oil changes on most BMW and MINIs. Now MINI has apparently seen the issue and felt the issue, and has changed the oil change interval from 15,000 to 10,000 miles. This started with all MINIs made after […]

BMW / MINI Cooper Fuel Filters – Lifetime?

BMW / MINI Cooer Fuel Filters – Lifetime? We seem to be coming across a set of items that used to be normal service items on cars, that are now deemed “lifetime” by the manufacturer. However, they don’t seem to be holding up to that claim. If they were just not holding up to the […]

Mini Cooper S R56 – engine woes

SERVICE Alert If you own, or know someone who owns a MINI Cooper S (R56) car, from 2006.5 to 2011, read on with great interest or concern. With the push to get more new cars produced, broaden the product line, the life cycle has gotten shorter and shorter, and manufacturers have also taken other steps […]

Another FTC Alert on Car Warranties

At BRracing, we get questions all the time about whether having work done at an independent shop, or the installation of alternative parts, affects their car warranty.  Here is another release from the FTC to alert consumers on the rules relative to warranties – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the federal government’s consumer protection agency, […]