Old shite wheels off, shiny new ones on.
However, as ever, a kick in the balls whilst doing it. After taking the car to Kwikfit several weeks back to have the wheels balanced, they’ve done the bolts up so tight, ones sheared off today.
I’m going to get a new set and locking nuts anyway, but any starting tips to remove the sheared thread? Tap and die?
then the sheared bolt. Longest pipe ever to get the others off
Nice one. Your car looks much better with the new wheels. Black wheels look good on a Leccy blue R53 (even better with a black roof!). I'm biased about that though!
I would be tempted to speak to Kwik Fit about their King Kong bolt tightening. Looks like it needs drilling out. If you use a reverse thread drill bit then it may wind it out easily, as it has not been there long and rusted in place. A little heat may help. Plenty of how to videos on YouTube to guide you. At worst you can fit a new wheel hub.
Depends what tools youve got if youre going to do it yourself.
Id simply take the disc off and get a pair of grips on the remaining bolt.
Itll be under no tension now the shoulder/head is off.
Or use a chisel to tap it undone.
Or take it back to Kwikfit.
cheers fellas, sounds like it’s not going to be quite as bad as I feared when I snapped. I may have cursed a few times when it happened, but if I can reverse drill or just whip the disc off and have a go, that sounds ok 👍
A few little jobs ticked off today, including new check straps as the doors didn’t stay open. Bit of a clean and greasing the ever notchy gear change. Although, might have pin pointed that down to the lever itself, as noticed some damage to the plastic surround, lubricated that with silicon spray and it appears much smoother today
This may or not be a plan, but I’ve just picked up a pair of IC horns which I’m going to prep, etch prime and paint the car colour..
However, is the removal a long / big job? I’m ok with spanner’s, but didn’t want to get involved with something that will fuck the car up for any length of time, as it’s the daily.
As far as I know, one side is easy, the other is not so much, with fuel line removal??
I don't think you can do the drivers side one without removing the supercharger, the other one is doable but you do need to take off the air box, throttle body, intercooler etc. and you'll need new gaskets for them too. Might be worth waiting until you want to give the supercharger a service? It's quite involved getting it out - doable at home definitely but takes time.
The 100k service (including supercharger) is not an official MINI/BMW requirement, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't need doing. Wheeler Dealers just repeated something that owners clubs have known and suggested all along. They were also preparing a car for sale.
As others have said, it is a separate job to a routine service. It is more akin to long term maintenance. As you remove a lot of parts to get the supercharger off it makes sense to replace some of these items to avoid future dismantling. The cooling system will be drained so you may want to replace the thermostat, water pump and maybe radiator. Various seals, particularly the crank position sensor o ring should be swapped at the same time as it will take an extra two minutes to do.
Just a case of confidence attacking it, as I’m ok with brakes and servicing, general things, but just about concerned I put the car off the road with sheared bolts or leaks
Sounds like it’s defo a summer job anyway