The oil in a manual transmission is NOT filtered, which means metallic particles are continually circulated throught the gears and bearings. Although the 6-speed transmission does have a small magnet inside the gearbox, this magnetic drain plug provides added protection from Super Magnetic Drain plug.
This is the M18 x 1.5 drain plug - some transmissions use M16 x 1.5 - call your MINI parts department with your VIN number to see which plug is the correct plug for your MINI. M18 x 1.5 Super Magnetic Drain Plug comes with a gasket. We recommend the use of anti-seize compound - electrolysis can cause the plug to fuse...
Dimple™ Super Magnetic Manual Transmission Oil Drain Plug fits the Getrag 6-speed Manual Gearbox on the following models:
2002-2006 R53 Cooper S Hatchback
2005-2008 R52 Cooper S Convertibles
2007+ R56 Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop
2008+ R55 Cooper and Cooper S CLUBMAN
2009+ R57 Cooper and Cooper S Convertible
2011+ R60 Cooper and Cooper S COUNTRYMAN
2012+ R58 Cooper and Cooper S COUPE
2012+ R59 Cooper and Cooper S Roadster
For the M14 x 1.5 Super Magnetic Engine Oil Drain Plug on Gen 1 MINIs, see NME1057 - Oil Drain Plug.
For the M16 x 1.5 Super Magnetic Engine Oil Drain Plug on Gen 2 MINIs, see G2NME1057 - Oil Drain Plug.
In 1932 manufacturers began using magnets on drain plugs on cars and trucks. Today most manufacturers want to save the additional cost of a magnet and they feel it will get through the warranty period without it. Perhaps you changed the oil on your father's car and recall wiping that gray mud off the drain plug! Yep, that gray stuff was metal particles captured by the typical low powered alnico magnet mounted on the drain plug in those days. The drain plug is removed when you change your oil. It’s an excellent place to put a magnet because you can remove it and clean it. Well, those older alnico magnets helped some but how helpful would the most powerful magnets in the world be? Like one hundred times more powerful!
You might think a magnet is a magnet is a magnet, but that's not true!! This Magnetic Oil Drain Plug uses the Neodymium magnet which is one of the strongest available and doesn't lose its magnetic properties at higher temperatures like other magnets.
You will see after your first oil change how well this product works!
Tightening Torque for transmissions drain plug:
Cooper 32-40 Nm (24-30 ft-lb)
Cooper S 43 Nm (32 ft-lb)
There are some health hazards of note. Neodymium magnets should always be handled carefully. Strong magnetic fields can disrupt the operation of some internal medical devices such as pacemakers. While most solid state electronic devices are not affected by magnetic fields, some medical devices are not manufactured to mitigate the effects of strong magnetic fields. These design flaws can be hazardous to patients using these devices. If swallowed, neodymium magnets can cause lethal conditions by joining up inside the intestine.
Neodymium magnets are made with special powders and coatings, so they are very fragile. They are often plated with a metal such as nickel. The magnets can fracture at temperatures over 150 °C, or under impact as a result of their own acceleration. When this happens, in some cases the magnets may break apart so suddenly that flying pieces can cause injury.
Caution must be taken when using neodymium magnets. A neodymium magnet is powerful enough to destroy the contents of a floppy disk to such an extent that the information is unrecoverable, a guarantee not present with techniques such as formatting the disk. In addition, neodymium magnets are one of the only materials that can successfully erase the information contained on the magnetic stripes of credit cards. Neodymium magnets are often strong enough to not only magnetize color CRT metal shadow masks, but also physically deform the mask itself. Such damage is typically not repairable by degaussing.
NEVER PUT THE MAGNETS IN A FIRE, THE FUMES WILL BE TOXIC!