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When servicing the second generation MINI models, the front section of the vehicle (bumper, radiator support, radiator, etc) may be too close to the engine to access the area that needs to be worked with. In these cases, we put the vehicle into a “service position”, which moves the complete front section of the vehicle about 2″ forward …. easing access to the front of the engine. This is done without disconnecting any coolant, oil or A/C lines.
Follow along with this DIY video from Bentley Publishers, detailing the procedures to place the front into the service position. Additionally, make sure that you have the Bentley repair manual for your second-gen MINI to assist you in your maintenance, service and repair tasks.
Thank you to Bentley Publishers for permission to use this video:
In a recent MotoIQ article (Online performance automotive magazine), author Pablo Mazlumian performed some preventative maintenance on the Project E46 M3, using the Liqui Moly Engine Renowal Kit and full synthetic GT1 10w-60 motor oil from Bavarian Autosport (BAVauto®).
The Engine Renewal Kit includes the Liqui Moly Engine Flush, Ceratec, Jectron and Ventil Sauber (see descriptions below) and helps to keep the engine free of oil sludge and varnish build-up (especially piston ring land varnish), reduce power and durability robbing friction and wear and keep the intake valves and fuel system free of varnish and carbon build-up.
Liqui Moly GT1 10w-60 fully synthetic motor oil is specifically approved by BMW in Europe and is an excellent choice as an improvement over the factory BMW 10w-60 oil.
Here are a couple excerpts from Pablo’s article:
It’s that time again so we’ll be doing some maintenance updates using German-made Liqui Moly products from Bavarian Autosport, including 10w-60 weight oil and Mann oil filter, Liqui Moly’s Engine flush to remove carbon build up, and Liqui Moly’s Ceratec lubrication for the internals.
When we finished our oil change using the Liqui Moly 10w-60 oil (as recommended by BMW for normally-aspirated M3s and M5s), we went ahead and included a bottle of Ceratec, which should help further eliminate friction and lengthen piston side skirt life thanks to its ceramic protection. We have been adding it to roughly every other oil change in this car [Liqui-Moly’s recommendation is every 35,000 miles).
BAVauto® Show & Shine
Customer appreciation and charity raffle event
The day started with early morning drives from the north, south, east and west with the orange sunrise hanging in the east …. err … wait … back up a minute …. with an early fall fog blanketing the fields and valleys … yup that’s it!
So, as the day dawned, the BAVauto® employees and Show & Shine volunteers arrived and headed straight for the coffee tent, fueling up for the Show & Shine set-up. The specialty theme, this year, was BMW Classics and the experienced parking crew quickly filled the front display lot with 24 examples of BMW’s classic designs.
By 8:00am, they were aligning and parking the 300 (or so) BMWs and MINIs who’s owners patiently waited in line to show off their pride and joys.
Meanwhile, the manufacturers and suppliers of many of the parts and accessories offered through the BAVauto.com website, were setting up in the 20′ x 80′ vendor tent …. anxious to greet the attendees with thanks and offered assistance.
By, 9:00am, free raffles giving away thousands of dollars in BMW/MINI parts and accessories as well as the charity raffles (with thousands more in prizes) were divided by interviews with the owners of the BMW classics displayed in the front lot. The free lunch (burgers, brats and hot dogs) was ready by 11:30am.
After more free giveaways, the charity raffle grand prize was drawn …. an all-expense-paid trip to a BMW Performance Center and a day of ///M Driving School with associated sightseeing and expenses. The charity raffle raised just shy of $10,000 to go to Susan G. Komen, Disabled American Veterans, Animal Legal Defense Fund and Be The Match.
Thanks to all who made the day a great success, to include: Attendees, Donating vendors, Volunteers and Charity Raffle participants!
Here are some stats about the show:
- 2017 was Bavarian Autosport’s 23rd Show & Shine
- Event started at 9am and ended at 1pm
- Approximately 340 BMWs and MINIs were parked on the premises
- An additional 80-100 were on the street and in surrounding lots
- Front lot had a display of 24 Classic BMWs (chassis introduced 1987 or earlier)
- A professional emcee and Bavarian’s resident technical expert, Gordon Arnold (aka Bavarian Otto) provided running commentary about the Classics on display and conducted interviews with the owners, all of which was broadcast over the PA system.
- Estimated attendance was between 1200-1500.
- Vendor partners in attendance: 17.
- We served 600 hamburgers, 300 bratwurst, 300 hot dogs, hundreds of soft drinks and 2 kegs of beer — all for free.
- The event raised just shy of $10,000 for four charities – Susan G. Komen, Disabled American Veterans, Animal Legal Defense Fund and BeTheMatch.org. And donations are still coming in!