Oil filters can do a good job trapping contaminants and metallic particles, but they are typically limited to particle sizes down to 35 microns (finest grain of salt is 100 plus microns). Smaller metallic 'nano' particles don't get filtered and work their way into the internal gears and bearings. These nano particles do the most harm, being recirculated millions of times over and over. This is where the Dimple™ Super Magnetic Oil Drain Plug becomes effective - the magnet will trap the smaller nano particles that don't get filtered.
Dimple™ Super Magnetic Oil Drain Plug for any:
2002 -2006 R50 MINI Cooper and R53 Cooper S Hatchback
2005-2008 R52 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Convertibles
M14 x 1.5 Super Magnetic Oil Drain Plug comes with a copper gasket. We recommend the use of anti-seize compound since the the oil pan is aluminum - electrolysis can cause the plug to fuse... Additional Washers available separately.
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 an oversized 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!
Torque drain plug to 30Nm or 22 lb-ft.
For additional crush washers, see NME1059.
For the Gen2 R56 Hatchback, R55 Clubman, R57 Convertible, R58 Roadster, R59 Coupe, R60 Countryman, and R61 Paceman, see Mini Cooper Magnetic Engine Oil Drain Plug Gen2.
For the Gen3 F55 & F56 Hardtop, see Mini Cooper Engine Oil Drain Plug Gen3.
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!
To reset the oil change interval in your MINI, see oil service reset.