Mini Cooper Maintenance Schedule

MINI continues to deliver luxury and performance. These vehicles are designed for longevity, but design alone will only take your MINI so far. We at North Bay Bavarian know the value of diligent MINI service and MINI maintenance.

North Bay Bavarian is Santa Rosa’s one-stop shop for ALL MINI Cooper Maintenance. MINI uses alternating maintenance schedules to keep your car running strong. The minor schedule (Inspection I) and major schedule (Inspection II) alternate.

The exact intervals at which you need maintain your MINI are based on the year your car was manufactured. Your mileage, driving habits, minutes per trip, road conditions and weather conditions also impact the frequency at which you need to maintain your car.
 

Call 707-545-0820 to schedule your appointment today!

 

MINI Cooper Inspection 1

Undercarriage Part 1

• Change oil and filter while engine is at normal operation temperature
• Change oil and filter while engine is at operating temperature
• We recommend MINI Synthetic Motor Oil, p/n 07 51 0 143 829
• Check transmission for leaks
• Change CVT (automatic)transmission fluid
• Half Shafts: Check for leaks at flexible boots
• Visually check fuel tank, lines and connections for leaks
• Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system
• Examine for leaks
• Check power steering system for leaks. Check p/s fluid level; add fluid if necessary
• Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads (outer pads only) using special tool
• If replacement necessary:
• Examine brake disc surfaces. Clean brake pad contact points in calipers. Grease wheel centering hubs
• Check thickness of parking brake linings only when replacing rear pads
• Check steering for absence of play, conditioning of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc
• Check brake system connections and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning

Undercarriage Part 2

• Check parking brake actuation. Adjust if necessary
• Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary
• Check condition of tires (outer surface [left/right]), tread wear and pattern; in case of uneven tread wear readjust wheel alignment if requested*
• Note: If requested rotate all four road wheels as instructed and rebalance*
• Inspect entire body according to terms of rust perforation limited warranty (must be performed at least every two years)

Engine Compartment

• Read out diagnostic system
• Check engine cooling system/ heater hose connections for leaks. Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary
• Note: Coolant must be replaced every 4 years (time interval begins from vehicle’s production date)
• Check level of brake fluid in reservoir. Add fluid if required
• Replace brake fluid in reservoir. Add fluid if required
• Replace brake fluid every 2 years (timing interval begins from vehicle’s production date)*
• Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection
• Fill up and/or correct if necessary
• Check air conditioner operation
• Replace microfilter
• Note: reduce replacement interval in dusty operating conditions
• Reset Service Interval Indicator

 

MINI Cooper Inspection 2

Undercarriage Part 1

• Change oil and oil filter while engine is at operating temperature
• We recommend MINI Synthetic Motor Oil, p/n 07 51 0 143 829
• Check transmission for leaks
• Change CVT (automatic) transmission fluid
• Half shafts: Check for leaks at flexible boots
• Visually check fuel tank, lines and connections for leaks
• Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system
• Examine for leaks
• Check power steering system for leaks. Check p/s fluid level; add fluid if necessary
• Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads (outer pads only) using special tool
• If replacement is necessary:
• Examine brake disc surfaces, clean brake pad contact points in calipers. Grease wheel centering hubs
• Check thickness of parking brake linings only when replacing rear pads
• Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc
• Check brake system connections and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning
• Check parking brake actuation. Adjust if necessary

Undercarriage Part 2

• Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary
• Check condition of tires (outer surfaces [left/right]), tread wear and pattern; in case of uneven tread wear readjust wheel alignment if requested
• Note: If requested rotate all four road wheels as instructed and rebalance
• Inspect entire body according to terms of rust perforation limited warranty (must be performed at least every two years)
 

Engine Compartment

• Read out diagnostic system
• Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks. Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary
• Note: Coolant must be replaced every 4 years (time interval begins from vehicle’s production date)
• Check level of brake fluid in reservoir. Add fluid if required
• Replace brake fluid every 2 years (timing interval begins from vehicle’s production date)*
• Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection
• Fill up and/or correct if necessary
• Check air conditioner operation
• Replace microfilter
• Note: reduce replacement interval in dusty operating conditions
• Reset Service Interval Indicator
• Replace intake air cleaner element
• Note: Reduce replace interval in dusty operating conditions
• Replace poly V-belt

Body/Electrical Equipment

• Check battery state-of-charge, and charge if required*
• Check lighting system, ie., headlights, foglights, parking, back-up, license plate, interior, glove box, illuminated make-up mirrors, luggage area lights
• Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination
• Check all warning/indicator lights, check contro
• Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch
• Check windshield and tailgate wipers and washer systems; wiper blades, washer jet positions
• Check condition and function of safety belts
• Check central locking system
• Check operation of all latches
• Check heater/ air conditioner blower fan, rear window defogger
• Check rear view mirrors
• Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn covers, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations or accessories

Final Inspection

• Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, automatic transmission
• Visually check shock absorbers for leaks

Why Choose North Bay Bavarian For Mini Maintenance?

North Bay Bavarian will never sell you anything we don’t think is necessary. It’s our goal to help you achieve performance and longevity with your MINI. MINI Cooper Inspection 1 and MINI Cooper Inspection 2 help to ensure that our expertly trained technicians will catch minor vehicle issues before they become major concerns.

We aren’t just talk at North Bay Bavarian. We race our cars at every opportunity. We’ve participated in the Chihuahua Express and the La Carrera Panamericana. We also built a drift car that races in Formula Drift all over the continent.

The dealerships will try to upsell you on every service available. At North Bay, we’ll work with you to assess which services will deliver the greatest value for your performance goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:
At what frequency is MINI Inspection I required?

A:
The MINI Service Interval Indicator System identifies the proper service interval. Your indicator will tell you when you need to service your MINI based on the year your car was manufactured, your model, mileage, driving habits, minutes per trip, road conditions and weather conditions.
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Q:
At what frequency is MINI Inspection II required?

A:
The MINI Service Interval Indicator System identifies the proper service interval. Your indicator will tell you when you need to service your MINI based on the year your car was manufactured, your model, mileage, driving habits, minutes per trip, road conditions and weather conditions.
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Q:
Will my Santa Rosa MINI benefit from getting MINI Inspection I and MINI Inspection II done simultaneously?

A:
We appreciate MINI owners who know the value of regular service and maintenance, but MINI designs their cars for the alternation of Inspection I and Inspection II service.
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Q:
What is the MINI Service Interval Indicator System?

A:
This system calculates maintenance requirements for your exact vehicle based on your mileage, driving habits, minutes per trip, road conditions and weather conditions. This system will notify you when it’s time to return to North Bay Bavarian for a service appointment.

BRING YOUR MINI TO OUR SHOP, AND
WE’LL GET IT RACE-READY IN NO TIME FLAT.

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