A Big Mini Job: Replacing the Clutch - Reggie's Motorworks

A Big Mini Job: Replacing the Clutch

Happy Friday!  It’s been yet another busy week in the shop!  Let’s take a look at some of what Reggie has been up to!  This is a long post, so sit back, kick your feet up, and enjoy!
An oil change and a new set of winter tires were on the list for this beauty – 2006 BMW 325i, 3.0L, in-line 6:

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Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

This alpinweiss 1989 BMW 325i came in for a new alternator and to diagnose an intermittent running issue:

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Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

The new alternator, pictured below on the right, requires using the pulley from the old one:

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On the agenda for the 1986 BMW 325: timing belt and water pump.  The 3-series bimmer also had an oil leak from the front of the engine, which led Reggie to believe it could be the cam seal.  It turned out that a few seals were in need of replacement.

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Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

The head gasket cover looked nice and clean:

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The owner wasn’t sure when the timing belt and water pump had been replaced before, and thought it would be a good idea to have them checked out.  There is a date code stamped on the timing belt.

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As you can see by the photos below, the timing belt was, indeed, in need of replacement!  It was really worn along the front edge from not riding properly. This was a lucky catch!   With an interference engine, pistons and valves would get out of sync if the timing belt were to break, then a piston would hit the valves.  Then the cylinder head would need to be replace, if not the whole engine!

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Reggie removes the old seals: Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, MercedesReggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

The lower timing cover cleaned up nicely!

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Reggie prepares the new seals for installation:

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And now for the big Mini job, hence today’s blog post title!  To replace the clutch in this 2005 Mini Cooper, you have to remove the front bumper and sub-frame, as well as the transmission.  The clutch had been slipping while driving.  Luckily, it was not worn down enough to damage the flywheel.

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This Chili Red Mini’s clutch has about 130,000 miles on it.  Just for reference, a BMW clutch can last up to 200,000 miles.   Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

The old clutch is on the left, the new one is on the right.  You can see the wear on the old one:

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The flywheel:

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The Mini Cooper’s sub-frame waits on the sidelines to be reinstalled later:

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The rear main seal for the engine is exposed when replacing the clutch, so it makes sense to replace it while doing the job:

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Reggie re-installs the flywheel…

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…and torques it to spec:

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The new clutch is put in place:

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Then it’s time to put the transmission back in where it belongs:

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Reggie buttons everything up under the hood:

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And piece by piece, the Mini is put back together:

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If you’ve read this far, give yourself a big pat on the back!  I know this was a long post with lots of photos – it has been a busy week!   Thank you for checking out our blog!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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