How to Change the Oil in a Mini Cooper

Written by john stevens
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Oil is the lifeblood of any internal combustion engine. Not only does it lubricate the moving components within the engine, it also helps to cool the engine by dispersing heat generated by friction. The more a car is used, the faster the chemical properties of the oil break down. As the oil breaks down, its lubricating and cooling properties diminish. Therefore, the engine's oil must be periodically replaced. Changing the oil on a Mini Cooper is a simple process, but because the Mini Cooper uses synthetic oil, it can be more expensive than with other engine designs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Jack
  • 2 jack stands
  • Drain pan
  • Wrench
  • Funnel
  • 5 quarts of synthetic 5W30 weight oil

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  1. 1

    Ensure that the Mini Cooper's engine is cool, as the oil within a hot engine can cause severe burns if it contacts skin. If the engine is hot, allow at least two hours for it to cool.

  2. 2

    Raise the driver's side of the Mini Cooper with a jack at the frame rail, then place two jack stands underneath the frame on the raised side of the vehicle. Lower the Mini Cooper onto the jack stands.

  3. 3

    Place a drain pan underneath the drain plug on the bottom of the engine. The drain pan must be large enough to hold at least five quarts. The drain plug is a single bolt, and typically has a yellow paint mark on the head of the bolt from the factory.

  4. 4

    Remove the oil plug with a wrench and allow the oil to drain into the drain pan. Insert and tighten the drain plug once the oil has finished draining from the engine.

  5. 5

    Raise the driver's side of the vehicle with the jack, then pull the two jack stands out from underneath the car. Lower the Mini Cooper to the ground with the jack.

  6. 6

    Raise the hood and remove the oil cap to access the oil filler hole. The oil cap is located next to the distributor on top of the camshaft cover, and can be removed by twisting the cap in a counterclockwise direction.

  7. 7

    Insert a funnel into the oil filler hole, then pour five quarts of synthetic oil rated at 5W30 weight. Remove the funnel and install the oil cap. Close the bonnet to complete the process.

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