The MINI is equipped with a display in the center of the instrument panel, which will show the type of service next due, and the distance remaining until it is required. Once that distance has been reduced to zero, the display will start counting up the distance since the service was due. On Mk I models, the factory specifies Oil Service, and Inspection Service, further broken down into Inspection I and Inspection II, which alternate; if you are unsure of what was last done, start with Inspection II. On Mk II models, a similar system is used, but there is just the Oil Service, and other specific services as indicated on the display. The car’s computer takes into account many variables (weather, how the vehicle is driven, mileage, age) and indicates what needs to be changed or replaced based on the factories best guesses for wear and tear. For example, if a vehicle is being used under extreme conditions, the service may be recommended by the display at 10,000 miles, but, if the vehicle is being used moderately, it may occur at 20,000 miles. The services should be carried out when indicated on the display, but this guide will give you some idea of what needs to be done how often.

Mk I MINI Maintenance Schedule

Every 250 miles (400 km) or weekly:

  • Check the engine oil level (Section 2)

  • Check the engine coolant level (Section 2)

  • Check the windshield washer fluid level (Section 2)

  • Check the tires and tire pressures (Section 2)

Oil service:

  • Change the engine oil and filter (Section 3)

  • Reset the service interval display (Section 4)

  • Check the front and rear brake pad thickness (Section 5)

  • Check the operation of the parking brake (Section 7)

  • Replace the cabin air filter (Section 8)

Inspection I – all items listed above, plus:

  • Check all underhood components and hoses for fluid leaks

    (Section 9)

  • Check the steering and suspension components for 

    condition and security (Section 10)

  • Check the exhaust system and mountings (Section 11)

  • Check the condition and operation of the seat belts

    (Section 12)

  • Lubricate all hinges and locks (Section 13)

  • Check the headlight beam alignment (Section 14)

  • Check the operation of the windshield/headlight washer 

    system(s) (as applicable) (Section 15)

  • Check the engine management system (Section 16)

  • Change the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) fluid 

    (Chapter 7B)

  • Carry out a road test (Section 17)

Inspection II – all items listed above, plus:

  • Replace the drivebelt (Section 18)

  • Replace the spark plugs (Section 19)

  • Replace the air filter element (Section 20)

  • Check the condition of the driveaxle boots (Section 21)

Every 2 years (regardless of mileage):

  • Replace the brake fluid (Section 22)

Every 4 years (regardless of mileage):

  • Replace the coolant (Section 23)

  • Replace the Mobility System tire puncture sealant (if equipped)

Mk II MINI Maintenance Schedule

Engine oil service:

  • Change the engine oil and filter (Section 3)

  • Check the tires wear and pressure, then reset the TPM (Section 2)

  • Check the engine management system (Section 16)

  • Check the parking brake adjustment (Chapter 9)

  • Check the windshield washer fluid level (Section 2)

Condition Based Service (CBS) operations:

  • Replace the front and rear brake pads (Chapter 9)

  • Replace the brake fluid (Section 22)

Every other oil service (or when prompted by the CBS display):

  • Check the engine coolant (Section 2 and Chapter 3)

  • Check the battery and charging system (Section 2 and 

    Chapter 5)

  • Check the brake system hydraulic lines and hoses (Chapter 

    9), the brake pads (Section 5), the power brake booster 

    (Section 6), and the parking brake (Section 7)

  • Check the operation of all interior and exterior lights, turn 

    signal and hazard flasher operation

  • Check the operation of 

    horn

  • Check the steering and suspension systems (Section 10)

  • Check the exhaust system (Section 11)

  • Check the operation of the windshield wipers and washers 

    (Section 15)

  • Check the drivebelt (Section 18)

  • Check the seat belts (Section 12)

  • Check the operation of the instrument cluster and all its 

    functions

Mileage-based operations

Every 45,000 miles (72,500 km):

  • Replace the air filter element (more often if driven in 

    dusty conditions) (Section 20)

Every 60,000 miles (96,500 km):

  • Replace the spark plugs (all Cooper S and 2011-2013 Cooper 

    models) (Section 19)

Every 100,000 miles (160,000 km):

  • Replace the spark plugs (2007-2010

    models) (Section 19)

  • Replace the automatic transaxle fluid (Chapter 7B)

Every 120,000 miles (195,000 km):

  • Replace the oxygen sensors (Chapter 6)

The manufacturer states that routine coolant changes are not necessary for Mk II models. However, the coolant replacement procedure (section 23) can be used, for procedures that require draining and refilling the cooling system.

 

 

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