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Default solution to the problems !!!! - 14th January 2017, 07:47 PM

hi everyone , in my newbie post I stated that my 2007 mini one 1.4 was smoking when in traffic and sometimes when changing gear . I was worried that it might have been the valve-stem oil seals/guides worn out but , upon reading both hear and on other forums , I realised that these cars become sooted up / choked with carbon deposits. yesterday I booked the car for a carbon clean , the guy came to me and ran the hydrogen through for about 40 minutes. the amount of crap that came out was shocking !!!. it only cost 99 compared to the 200+ that I have heard MINI charge for walnut blasting .I drove my mini today for the first time since having it done , apart from a brief puff or 2 of smoke that I was advised would happen as the last of the soot/coke cleared , the car did not smoke on gear change , the throttle response/pick-up was much improved . I have just ordered a channel swap cable for the stereo from NewMINIStuff as that sounds a little crap at the moment , hopefully that will clear that problem. I have 2 questions if anyone could offer some insight please:
1. my mini is losing about an inch of coolant from the expansion tank about every 2 weeks , is this normal or do I likely have a slow leak somewhere ?
2. I would like to post some pictures of my car , but my pictures will not load as I believe they might be too big (taken either on my digital camera or my iPhone 4s)what can I do to remedy this please ?
  
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Default 14th January 2017, 08:19 PM

1. With regards to the suspected coolant leak, check the thermostat housing assembly. It's on the n/s of the engine near where the gearbox joins the engine. They sometimes leak around there as there are a number of pipes etc connected to it. You may see the anti freeze deposits on the casing. Plan b is to stick some paper under the engine when you park it up. Hopefully a drop or two will drip down onto the paper giving an indication as to where it may be coming from.
2. With regards to making photos a smaller size. Right click on the photo which will bring up a list of options. Click on properties. This will show the size of the photo. If you have an option to re-size, simply make the dimensions smaller and the overall size will then be shown. If you can't adjust the size off of the photo go into any photo software, (you should have Adobe as standard) and then in the options facility, adjust the size and then save afterwards.
Who carried the hydrogen clean for you? Regards, Mike
  
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Default 14th January 2017, 10:46 PM

hi Mike , thanks for the tips , i'll have a look tomorrow and see if I can find a leak.
the company I used is called Engine Carbon Clean . I believe they have technicians country wide and some in other countries too. they are on facebook too, that is where I heard about them as a friend had liked their page. I phoned the guy for my area (Darren) on sunday and arranged to have the car done Friday (yesterday). they come to you , can even do your car at work if it suits you , he was very helpful and answered a few general questions I had about my car .
  
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Default 15th January 2017, 03:59 PM

its only the N14 cooper s engine that suffers and needs a decoke. Your engine would have been fine, it probably crap coming out of the exhaust system you were amazed at.
  
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MINI Icon Black 15th January 2017, 10:35 PM

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its only the N14 cooper s engine that suffers and needs a decoke. Your engine would have been fine, it probably crap coming out of the exhaust system you were amazed at.
the N14 might be the noted mini engine that suffers , but mine had several female owners previously that had only used the car for small trips and therefore the engine had coked up.it has 75000 miles on the clock and had never been decoked before. the amount of black crap that came out was astonishing , the hydrogen clean clears the inlet and outlet manifolds and the exhaust/cats so the buildup could have been at any of these points. the one thing I do know is that the car is not now smoking at standstill or changing gears and the throttle response is much better , so I deem it worthwhile . all cars coke up over time , a lot depends on what fuel / oil you use and how you drive the car.
  
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Default 16th January 2017, 07:23 PM

As long as your happy thats the main thing, glad your sorted out ok, result
  
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Default 7th February 2017, 08:06 PM

a quick update on the leak situation, it would appear to be something either on or around the thermostat housing as coolant is pooled in the engine/gearbox casing N/S (on top of casing)I am watching the levels closely and hoping to contact the dealership as soon as I get a free day.
  
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Icon11 Wallnut blasting - 8th February 2017, 07:15 PM

What sort of mileage,how can you tell it needs doing, does the chap who did yours travel up to Leeds Yorkshire, thank you
  
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Default 12th February 2017, 07:44 AM

There are loads of these companies around, there will be a local one near you. Just google terraclean/engine decoke etc. Most remapping companies offer it, and will recommend it alongside their products.


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Default 17th February 2017, 08:02 PM

and so my car went into the garage today supposedly under warranty to fix the coolant leak and to see if there was any oil seepage /leak that could explain the high consumption .
it turned out to be a crack/hole in the thermostat housing that was causing the coolant leak, I was advised that the work was not covered by my "limited "warranty and that to replace the thermostat cover would be "expensive , complicated and time consuming". I was however offered an alternative solution in which an insert or fixture is used to fix and seal the housing. I was told that it is a 100% lifetime fix and it only cost me 20 inclusive of labour.
in regards to the oil the garage owner/mechanic told me that the heavy oil consumption is probably down to the cheap oil used by the sales garage (semi-synthetic 5w 30) and that the mini website he used suggested a mini specialist oil fully synthetic 0w 30 , so next service I will get the oil replaced with this and see how I go.
  
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