2006 MINI Cooper - Oil Change and Filters (Oil, Cabin, Air)


MobilTYC Cabin Air Filters

 

9/3/09

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MINI Cooper Maintenance and Modification

 

 

Engine Air Filter | Oil Filter | Cabin Air Filter | Oil

 

Another One, Just like the other one...

It's nice to find out the MINI takes the same oil as the Crossfire.  That makes one less oil product to keep on hand.

FRAM and other Filter Numbers for 2006 MINI Cooper 4-1.6L F/inj. (16V) DOHC

EXTRAGUARD CH9584

EXTRA LIFE AIR FILTERS CA9435

FRESH BREEZE CABIN AIR FILTERS CF9594A

EXTRAGUARD CH9584

EXTRA LIFE AIR FILTERS CA9435

FRESH BREEZE CABIN AIR FILTERS CF9594A

BMW 11 42 7 509 208
BMW 11 42 7 512 446
CARQUEST 84303
CHAMP P964
CHRYSLER 4693140AA
HASTINGS LF560
HENGST E31H D93
MANN & HUMMEL HU816/1X
PERFORMAX PO-157
PUROLATOR L15465
SECURITY CH-9584
STP P964
WIX 57303
BMW 13 72 1 477 840
CHAMP AF3905
HENGST E414L
LUBER-FINER AF3905
MANN & HUMMEL C2237
PUROLATOR A35461
WIX 42799
BMW  64 31 1 496 710
BOSCH P3672
PUROLATOR C15537
WIX 24758

Engine Air Filter | Oil Filter | Cabin Air Filter | Oil

 

 

Mobil

Mobil 1 Tri-Synthetic Motor Oil with SuperSyn Formula (Qt.) - 0W-40

Mobil 1 Tri-Synthetic Motor Oil with SuperSyn Formula (Qt.) - 0W-40

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Let's face it, changing oil is not very difficult but it is potentially one of the messiest jobs you can do on your car.  You have (in this case) almost 9 quarts of oil that must be drained from a car that starts off five inches off the ground.  So you have to jack it up, take off the splash cover, put a catch basin under it, remove the drain plug and drain the oil. 

Meanwhile, topside, the old filter must come out and another one put in its place.  When the oil is drained out, you put the drain plug back in, fill the engine with the proper amount of oil.  The last quart usually goes slow because it's a good idea to check after every 10 ounces or so to make sure you don't overfill it. 

Then you start the car by cranking a few times before letting it start.  Check all the covers and drains for leaks, button up the splash pan, and after letting it sit for another few minutes, top up the oil to the mark on the dip-stick. 

No big deal right?  But who honestly likes to lay on the ground, mess with the drain plug and splash plate?  And what about that drain pan?  Isn't it fun to slosh 9 quarts of oil from the car to where ever you dump it for later return to the recycling place?  NO!

So when I saw an Oil Evacuation system described on the Crossfire Forum (read the message here), I decided to go for broke and order it.  And since it came with a brief case for free, how could I pass it up?  Seriously, it's very simple.  Connect it to the compressor (90psi minimum), stick one of the vacuum tubes down to the bottom of the dip-stick tube, and flip a lever.  The oil is sucked out of the engine and into a storage tank!  No fussing under the car.  No jacking.  No messy clean up (at least not with every oil change).  It tells you how much oil came out of the car (it sucked all but about 4 ounces out of mine - assuming it wasn't down that much to begin with).  Except for the sound of the compressor charging the tank, there is no sound at all.

It sounded too good to be true.  Harbor Freight supplied it and it's made by their house brand - Central Hydraulics - not a high-end manufacturer.  Still, for the price, it's sturdy, comes with several vacuum probes, decent instructions (Download here - 5MB) and wheels to make it easy to move around.

Oil Extractor

I had to make a hose to go between the compressor and the unit.  The long story short is that I purchased a segment of 3/8" hose, a 1/4" NPT connector, a air chuck connector (male) to thread on, a couple of 3/8" hose clamps, and clamped the hose in between that and the air chuck connector on the device.  I connected the hose to the compressor, cranked up the compressor and followed the instructions.  Pretty soon I was standing there with a 1 7/10 gallons of oil in extractor tank and an empty engine.  Not a drop of oil anywhere in between!  I love this thing!

Clean, easy and safe way to remove oils and fluids. Extracts fluids through dipstick tubes or other openings. Great for cars, tractors, boats and small aircraft engines. Also ideal for industrial gear boxes, coolant and hydraulic systems.
  • 1/2 gallon per minute extractor rate
  • Pressure gauge
  • Reservoir capacity: 6-1/4 gallons
  • Suction capacity: 4-1/4 gallons
Includes vacuum gauges and five probes. Air inlet: 1/4'' NPT; Working air pressure: 70-110 PSI; Oil temperature range: 68 (minimum), 158 (maximum); Nylon probes:1/4'' x 27-1/2''L, 5/16'' x 27-1/2''L, 5/16'' x 39-1/4''L; Copper probes: 1/4'' x 27-1/2'' L, 9/32'' x 27-1/2'' L

ITEM 46149-3VGA

Engine Air Filter | Oil Filter | Cabin Air Filter | Oil

 

Engine Oil Filter - coming soon

Engine Air Filter | Oil Filter | Cabin Air Filter | Oil

 

Engine Air Filter - coming soon

9/26/09

EXTRA LIFE AIR FILTERS CA9435

CA9435

I don't think I've ever seen a panel air filter that was as plugged as this one was.  It was partially saturated with oil and had a considerable amount of small caked dust particles in it.  The filter box itself had sand and leaves on the engine side of the filter.

I vacuumed out the filter box and replaced the filter.  The job is quite easy and soon done.  I will be interested to see if the gas mileage improvement is noticeable.

 

 

Engine Air Filter | Oil Filter | Cabin Air Filter | Oil

 


Cabin Filter

TYC Cabin Air Filters

9/15/09

TYC Cabine Air Filter - TYC# 800055C
TYC Cabine Air Filter - TYC# 800055CTYC Cabine Air Filter - TYC# 800055C

 

  • TYC Cabin Air Filter protects passengers by eliminating nearly 100% of exhaust pollutants entering the interior of the vehicle
  • Excellent filter performance (dust loading capacity and pressure drop) that meets or exceeds the Original Equipment
  • Easy do-it-yourself installation! (Installation instructions are included)
  • This kit contains a single Carbon cabin air filter you need to replace your existing filter

    Here are the install instructions that are included with the filter.  (PDF Here) or Click to Enlarge:

    TYC Cabine Air Filter - TYC# 800055C - Click to Enlarge

    As can be seen from the photos, there is a curved track that curves up to the left of the box, starting from about half-way across the box opening.  In order to insert the filter easily, locate the tracks and start the filter in this groove.  This should make the insertion of the filter very easy.

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