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MINI Recall – Cooper, Cooper S – Power Steering, 15V660000

Nov 2 15

BMW/MINI is performing a recall on various Cooper and Cooper S models from model year 2002 through 2005.  A temporary failure of the electro-hydraulic power steering system may cause loss of power steering assistance.

Affected models:

R50 & R53 – 2002 through 2005 Cooper and Cooper S models

R52 – 2005 Cooper and Cooper S Convertibles

According to the recall:

“If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, potentially increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.”

BMW/MINI will replace components as required per vehicle inspection.

The recall is scheduled to begin December 1, 2015.  Owners of affected vehicles are being notified by BMW/MINI.  Further information can be obtained by contacting MINI customer relations at 1-866-825-1525.

BMW recall 15V660000
15V660

 

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Increase the Life of Your BMW or MINI Transmission With Liqui-Moly CeraTec (Cera Tec, Cera Tech)

Oct 28 15

The engine is not the only component subject to wear in our BMWs and MINIs. Wear affects the moving parts in the transmissions and differentials as well.  Liqui-Moly Cera Tec protects the gears and bearings from wear while reducing friction.  Adding Cera Tec to BMW and MINI manual transmissions (do not use in automatic transmissions) and differentials reduces heat, protects the parts from wear and reduces friction, increasing the life of the assembly while reducing fuel consumption.

Click below fro Liqui Moly CeraTec:

CeraTec combats wear in engines, transmissions and differentials in two ways:

1) The high pressure, wear protection additives in CeraTec have a smoothing effect on the metallic surfaces. Even though the cylinder walls may look smooth,  minute irregularities are visible under a microscope. Although these irregularities are very small, they increase friction and thus result in greater wear. CeraTec reduces the friction coefficient of the metal by embedding its molecules into the metal’s irregular surfaces, smoothing the contact areas.

2) CeraTec also has a physical action resulting from the minute ceramic particles acting as a solid lubricant. It forms a protective layer on the metal surface preventing direct contact between metal components. The ceramic molecules are smaller than 0.2 μm, allowing them to pass easily through any oil fillers. The molecules adhere so tenaciously to the surface that they even withstand the standard oil changes. One Ceratec application lasts for about 30,000 miles. This makes using CeraTec particularly economical.

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BMW N63 V8, 5-6-7-X5-X6-Series, Rough Running, Oil Consumption or Smoke, TSB, SI B11 07 12

Oct 27 15

Bulletin No: SIB-11-07-12
Date of Bulletin: 08/27/2012
Summary Description:
BMW: WHILE DRIVING VEHICLE, AT TIMES WOULD BE ROUGH RUNNING; WHITE OR BLUE SMOKE SEEN EXITING EXHAUST SYSTEM AND THE ENGINE OIL IS CONSUMED ABOVE SPECIFICATIONS. *PE UPDATED 1/11/13. *PE

SUBJECT:
N63 Engine: Oil Consumption and/or Rough Running Complaints
MODEL:
E70 E71 F01 F02 F04 F07 F10 F12 F13

Situation:
The vehicle may consume engine oil above the permissible specification, and may run rough at times. White or blue smoke may also be seen exiting the exhaust system.

Cause:
The construction material of the crankcase ventilation connection lines and vent pipes may become brittle from engine compartment temperatures.

Procedure:
E70 and E71 produced to 3/2011
F01, F02, F04, F07, F10, F12, F13 produced to 1/2011

1. Remove the engine cover and inspect the crankcase ventilation connecting lines.
Each of the connecting lines will have an index number printed on the connection
closest to the cylinder head cover.

2.Production code
Part Number and Index Number
Example : 7575639-07
The index number is separated from the 7-digit part number by a hyphen.

3. If the index number is “7″ or lower, both crankcase ventilation connecting lines and vent pipes need to be replaced.
The improved replacement parts will have an index of “8″ or higher.

4. Each cylinder head cover and vent pipe connection has two M6x18 screws attaching these components. The torque specification for these screws is 10 +/- 1.5 Nm.
Important: Do not replace the cylinder head covers for this complaint.

E70 and E71 produced from 3/2011
F01, F02 F04, F07, F10, F12, F13 produced from 1/2011
Inspect the crankcase ventilation connecting lines and vent pipes connections; if found loose, properly secure them.
Important: Do not replace the cylinder head covers for this complaint.

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