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36mm Oil Filter Cannister Socket - R50/52/53 Mini Cooper And S

36mm Oil Filter Cannister Socket - R50/52/53 Mini Cooper And S

36mm Oil Filter Cannister Socket - R50/52/53 Mini Cooper And S

36mm Oil Filter Cannister Socket - R50/52/53 Mini Cooper And S

36mm Oil Filter Cannister Socket - R50/52/53 Mini Cooper And S
36mm 3/8 drive Socket for removing Oil Filter Cartridge. The MINI oil filter cannister is positioned on the back of the engine with very little clearance to the firewall. You need a very low profile socket like this one in order loosen and remove the filter cannister.

Fits 2002 - 2006 R50/R53 MINI Cooper and Cooper S. Also fits 2007-2008 R52 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Convertibles.

Does NOT fit 2007+ R56 Hardtops.

Filter change tips: Use this 36mm socket with a ratchet to remove the canister. It helps to 'loosen' the canister a bit when you drain the oil to help drain the filter (for less mess). Make sure you replace the o-ring with the new one supplied with the filter - apply a coat of fresh oil on the o-ring when you install it and tighten the filter housing to 18 ft. lbs.

Remember to use sythetic motor oil. MINI recommends 5W-40 or 5W-30 FULL SYNTHETIC motor oil.

Tighten the drain plug to 18 ft-lb. Start the engine and check for oil pressure. Don't forget to check for leaks too!

And darn it, dispose of the used oil and filter properly, please. And wipe that oil off the driveway before you track it into the house!

To reset the oil change interval in your MINI, see oil service reset.

Related Technical Articles:
Mini Cooper Oil Change Tip & Hints - R50/52/53 Cooper & S
Created: October 11, 2011
Frequently, the canister cover will be very difficult to break free.  Use a breaker bar with CAUTION!  You may need a low profile' socket due to the limited space available. If you loosen the filter canister cover enough to break the seal, it will help drain the oil from the filter as you drain the oil pan.  Less mess later! When replacing the O-ring, save the old one just in case (will explain later). When replacing the O-ring on the canister cover, make sure you lubricate the O-ring with PLENTY of fresh oil before you install it, and lubricate again after it is in place.  If you fail to do this, the O-ring will bunch up and cause a leak! The new oil filter should be 'pre-seated' into the base and cover before installation.  Take the filter (plastic side down) and press firmly into the base until it is fully seated.  Remove and do the same into the cannister cover.  This reduces the resistance from initial seating.  You can leave the filter seated into the cover and screw the cover back onto the base, or you can leave the filter in the base fully seated and screw the cover back onto the base.
Created: July 28, 2010
The early MINI with production dates up to 07/2004 has a couple extra pieces inside the oil filter cannister cover - a spring and plastic cage. These items were eliminated on the later models after 07/2004. This article explains the differences and what to do if you lose some of these parts.
Created: January 02, 2007
Resetting Oil Service Light on your 2002 - 2006 Cooper and Cooper S Hatchbacks, and 2005 - 2008 Cooper and Cooper S Convertibles
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