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MiniTorqueGoesFinland
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I can now move on with this car; next steps are to get a new front lip (the old one has basically been ripped off), give it a trim (a lipectomy to reduce unnecessary scrapage) and install that with the aluminium skid plate. Unless I stick the car in the garage, I won't be doing any substantive work in terms of supercharger services - it's full on winter here, cold and snowy. I spent an hour this morning clearing my drive.
 

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MiniTorqueGoesFinland
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It's not reallty a whinge but my fuel filler cap was frozen today: needed a little blast with the other half's hairdryer to break loose. I suppose it needs some lock oil? Or is there another solution? Last time this happened to me, I was in a Ford Escort company pool car in a town called Mikkeli.
 

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If I remember correctly, there’s a way to open it from the inside.

Just found a description on the web:
There IS an emergency release handle for the gas door. I found it by accident one day. If you take off the panel on the left side of the boot, and look in and up, you will see a white handle. If you grab it and slide it toward the rear of the car, it will unlock the gas door. It's a little tricky, it doesn't rotate, it just slides straight back.
 

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MiniTorqueGoesFinland
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That wheel sensor was frankly pretty awful, and in addition, the 53 has a replacement front lip - another lipectomy required though as it just scrapes everywhere - and the aluminium skid plate is reinstalled.

The skid plate seems to have done some good at some point (perhaps it was the rock in the Swedish car park?) as one of the four mounting bolts has been sheared off, and I'll need to drill that out at some point.

Plus there's evidence of more oil leaks from the engine. Probably the crank position sensor thinks Micke. Anyway a major front end clean up required.

And I put some temporary summer tyres on...
 

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Typical Mini things that appear sooner or kater, even if the seals have been already changed at some point.
The crank sensor is easy when doing the charger, which has also to be done.
 
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