All MINI:

Awww RATS!

Imagine, you get into your MINI for an enjoyable day of riding through some twisties, you turn on your heater, and your attention is suddenly nabbed.

Whats that SMELL?! Awww rats! It’s rodents! You’ve got mice all up in your MINI!

Open your windows, shut off the heat and off to the garage you go. Your technician then proceeds to pull your cabin filter out revealing a nest ! You see it and say, “oh my, how long have they been in here? How did they get in? I keep my car in a garage!”

Little do you know, there’s an open highway in your MINI for the mice to access a nice home. Under your battery is where the air intake for the heating/cooling system. There’s no protection against any kind of rodent infestation. They can go in and out at their leisure and explore all the open cavities in your car! (and there are more than you think!)

All the while chewing on wiring and insulation, urinating wherever they go. Lovely.

Unless a mouse dies in your car, the smell usually noticed is urine. Mice urinate and defecate indiscriminately, producing up to 80 tiny droppings per day, thus contaminating the areas in which they live. Mice are particularly implicated in the spread of diseases such as salmonellosis. They can cause extensive damage to property by gnawing through a wide range of materials.

Greasy’s Garage took in a Countryman that was victim to a recent infestation in multiple places in the car.

First things first, we closed down the mouse “road”. We started by taking a section of aluminium screen, some 1/2 inch self tapping screws and some strip caulk.

We removed the battery and battery box. Then, we cut the screen to a close size and put a double strip of the strip caulk around the area and applied the screen to it. The screen sticks into the strip caulk holding it in place. Next, we screwed the screen into the body, putting extras on the angles to ensure proper sealing. We don’t want any of those little buggers sneaking through!

After our screen was all screwed in, we cut it to match the profile of the hole with a razor blade, covered all of the edges with strip caulk and covered the screws with it also to help prevent rust.

Next, we focused on cleaning and repairing damage, starting on the areas where the smells were emanating from. We started in the right rear of the car. After removing the interior, we used a boroscope to check all the cavities in the back to make sure there were no bodies. Luckily, we didn’t find any!

We did however find urine and droppings after our thorough search. We cleaned the area and soaked it with a product called “Natures Miracle” . After the Natures Miracle had a chance to do it’s work, we deodorized the area with SuperCool odor eliminator for good measure. The other place where the funk was coming from was the heating system. We pulled the cabin filter and blower motor, used the boroscope down all of the vents and again no bodies. The customer had already cleaned out the nest. We proceded to wash down the box with Nature’s Miracle spray, reassembled the unit (minus the cabin filter), and ran a deodorizer through the screened intake vent.

Parking your car with the “recirculate” activated will close the door and keep them out.

Just look out for the one night you forget, you may have some uninvited guests!
Does your car need de-mousing? Call today to make your appointment to have Greasy’s Garage take care of this for you! Alternatively, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you can get the kit shipped to you for $40 plus shipping.

Be sure to view the gallery  below of the step-by-step installation!

In stock – D1 Spec Throttle Controller for MINI and BMW!

Currently in stock – The D1 Spec throttle controller, fitting MINI and BMW!

This is a “turnkey” modification at Greasy’s – Make your appointment today to drive in with your stock MINI or BMW, and drive out with a new “wheeeeeeee” modification!

What  is the D1 Spec throttle controller?

Most of the late model cars have “Drive-By-Wire” system so the amount of throttle is modulated based on the voltage. With this throttle controller, now you can control the pedal to throttle to improve the throttle response at a ideal position. The D1 Spec throttle controller features 3 modes (12 settings) :

1) Normal (standard behavior)

2) Sports **9 settings**

3) Economic **5 settings**, speed warning feature

At Greasy’s, we are always looking for Mods for the Mini which have a high “Bang for the buck”. Well, this is definitely one of them.  The end result will be noticed instantly!

What does it feel like when I’m driving it?

It will feel like the supercharger is constantly engaged – you’ll always have throttle power when you need it. MINI’s are notorious for “throttle lag” – that is, stepping on the gas sometimes can feel like the Flintstones car. It takes a few seconds for the RPMs to rise, and then the car takes off like a rocket!

With the throttle controller, the power is instantly on – no more throttle lag!

How do I get it?

Make your appointment TODAY at Greasy’s Garage. $190 installed – and no need to bring in the part – Greasy’s has them in stock. Call (508) – 754-7327 or email shop@greasysgarage.com.

The D1 doesn’t offer any more horsepower, however, it significantly speeds up the throttle response and allows you to feel more “connected” to your vehicle. Installation is easy as it comes with a plug and play wiring harness and enough wire length for YOU to decide where you would like the control unit and module mounted.

How does it install?

We’ve got step-by-step photos of our install process, including shots of the finished controller. Take a peek at our gallery:

New MINI decals!

clown

“I killed the clown… and stole his car.”

For sale only at Greasy’s, $10 each. Get them before they are gone!

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Oil catch can for MINI R56 and Countryman!

Most folks now know that carbon buildup on the valves in the R56 MINIs and Countryman is a real concern. This happens partly because of the direct fuel injection, and partly because of the PCV routing.  While direct injection is great for efficiency, it means that fuel is no longer sprayed through the intake and over the valves keeping them clean.  The PCV (crankcase oil vapor) system is routed back through the intake and causes a carbon buildup on the valves.

Greasy’s Garage now offers a solution to that problem !   Billet Technology oil catch cans. The catch can effectively separates and collects the waste oil, keeping it off of your valves!  Not only is the can a great preventative maintenance item, it’s also an attractive mod under the hood, sure to catch the eye of anyone checking out your MINI.

The Catch Cans fit ’07 and up MINIS, Countryman,Cooper, Cooper S and Clubman models.

Call Greasy’s Garage today to schedule your oil catch can installation!

See the photo gallery below of the oil catch can and installation in a MINI Countryman. Be sure to see the oil collected after 300 miles of driving after the install!

Click each photo for a larger version and description.


Have you changed your cabin filter lately?

Do you need a reason to?

Here’s a reason:

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Yes, that’s a mouse nest. In the air cabin filter.

Want to know what a cabin filter SHOULD look like?

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All together now: “Bleeeeeeech.”

PowerFlex front control arm bushings are here!

Limited quantities of PowerFlex bushings are now IN STOCK!

Over time, stock rubber bushings will cause your car to lose its factory steering precision. Replacing those with high-performance polyurethane bushes by PowerFlex will lengthen the life of the bushing, and restore your car’s steering capabilities.

Call today to make an appointment!

POWERFLEXSHOT

MINI Cooper 30,000 Mile Normal Service Maintenance

2002-2006 Mini Cooper (R50 & R53)  L4-1.6L     2005-2008 Mini Cooper (R52) L4-1.6L

At 30K miles we will check:

Air Bag Systems: visually examine the SRS airbag unit

Battery: Check battery state-of-charge and charge if required.

Body and Frame: Inspect entire body for rust perforation.

Brake Fluid: Check level of brake fluid in reservoir. Add fluid if required. Replace brake fluid every 2 years

Brake Hose/Line: Check brake system connections and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.

Brakes and Traction Control: Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads.  Examine brake disc surfaces. Clean brake pad contact points in callipers. Grease alloy wheel centring hubs. Check thickness of parking brake linings only when replacing rear pads

Convertible Top: Convertible: Check operation of sunroof operation as well as the convertible top.

Cooling 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

Doors, Hood and Trunk: Check operation of all latches.

Exhaust System: Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks. Fuel Supply Line visually checks fuel lines and connections for leaks. Fuel Tank visually check fuel tank. .

Heating and Air Conditioning: Check air conditioner temperature. Check heater/air conditioner blower fan. Instrument Panel, Gauges and Warning Indicators Check instrument pane/ and dashboard illumination.

Lighting and Horns: Check lighting system, I e headlights, foglights, parking, back-up, license plate, interior, glove box, illuminated make-up mirrors, luggage area lights.

Locks: Check central locking system. Mirrors Check rear view mirrors.

Parking Brake System: Check parking brake actuation. Adjust if necessary.

Power Steering : Check power steering system for leaks. Check p/s fluid level; add fluid if necessary.

Rear Defogger: Check rear window defogger. Seat Belt Systems

Check condition and operation of safety belts. Shock Absorber Visually check shock absorbers for leaks

Steering:  Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc. Examine Front Control Arm Bushings and Rear Trailing Arm Bushings

Suspension: Check condition of suspension track rods.

Tires: Check all tire pressures (including spare if equipped). 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.

Transmission and Drive train: Check transmission for leaks

Vehicle Road: test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission.

Washer Fluid: Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.

Wiper and Washer Systems: Check windshield and tailgate wipers and washer systems, wiper blades, washer jet positions.

Diagnostic Readout Box:  Read out diagnostic system for any stored codes

Replace:

Cabin Air Filter: Replace ventilation system filter.

Engine Oil, Oil Filter, Engine Reset

PCV valve, if needed

Engine air filter, if needed

MINI Cooper 60,000 Mile Normal Service Maintenance

2002-2006 Mini Cooper (R50 & R53)  L4-1.6L     2005-2008 Mini Cooper (R52) L4-1.6L

Air Bag Systems: visually examine the SRS airbag unit

Battery: Check battery state-of-charge and charge if required.

Body and Frame: Inspect entire body for rust perforation.

Brake Fluid: Check level of brake fluid in reservoir. Add fluid if required. Replace brake fluid every 2 years

Brake Hose/Line: Check brake system connections and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.

Brakes and Traction Control: Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads.  Examine brake disc surfaces. Clean brake pad contact points in callipers. Grease alloy wheel centring hubs. Check thickness of parking brake linings only when replacing rear pads

Convertible Top (Convertible): Check operation of sunroof operation as well as the convertible top.

Cooling 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

Doors, Hood and Trunk: Check operation of all latches.

Exhaust System: Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks. Fuel Supply Line visually checks fuel lines and connections for leaks. Fuel Tank visually check fuel tank. .

Heating and Air Conditioning: Check air conditioner temperature. Check heater/air conditioner blower fan. Instrument Panel, Gauges and Warning Indicators Check instrument pane/ and dashboard illumination.

Lighting and Horns: Check lighting system, I e headlights, foglights, parking, back-up, license plate, interior, glove box, illuminated make-up mirrors, luggage area lights.

Locks: Check central locking system. Mirrors Check rear view mirrors.

Parking Brake System: Check parking brake actuation. Adjust if necessary.

Power Steering : Check power steering system for leaks. Check p/s fluid level; add fluid if necessary.

Rear Defogger: Check rear window defogger. Seat Belt Systems

Check condition and operation of safety belts. Shock Absorber Visually check shock absorbers for leaks

Steering:  Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc. Examine Front Control Arm Bushings and Rear Trailing Arm Bushings

Suspension: Check condition of suspension track rods.

Tires: Check all tire pressures (including spare if equipped). 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.

Transmission and Drive train: Check transmission for leaks

Vehicle Road: test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission.

Washer Fluid: Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.

Wiper and Washer Systems: Check windshield and tailgate wipers and washer systems, wiper blades, washer jet positions.

Diagnostic Readout Box:  Read out diagnostic system for any stored codes

Replace: Cabin Air Filter, PCV valve, if needed, Engine air filter, if needed, Replace Serpentine Belt, Engine Oil, Oil Filter, Engine Reset

Recommended MINI service intervals

Mini Maintenance Services

Mini Coopers have 3 types of service: Oil Change, Inspection 1, and Inspection 2. Your Service interval display located in the center of the speedometer will notify you of which service type you need. Each time the vehicle is started the display will show the mileage until the next service is needed.

If the display is flashing and the mileage is displayed as a negative you have gone past the time of service and are overdue. The services come in this order, Oil change, Service 1, Oil Change, Service 2. repeat. Service 1 is also known as a Minor service and service 2 is also known as a Major service.

Oil Change
This service changes the oil and oil filter. It also includes: inspecting Brakes, Parking Brake, Fluid levels, Tire Condition and Air Pressure. At Greasy’s Garage we also perform a complete under-car inspection along with hoses, belt and lights check, and reset the oil change indicator.

Inspection 1 (Minor service)
Includes services in Oil Change (above) plus: change Interior Ventilation Filter, change Transmission fluid if CVT, add Windshield Washer fluid, check Wipers and Washers, lubricate doors and locks, check Battery condition, Suspension, CV boots, Exhaust System, Manual Transmission fluid level, pressure check Cooling System, and reset Service Indicator and road test for overall performance.

Inspection 2 (Major service)
Includes services from Oil Change and Inspection 1 plus: change Air Filter, Engine Coolant, flush Brake fluid, and mileage. Model dependent add on’s include: Spark Plugs (100K), Belt change (100k cooper 60K S) and Oxygen Sensor (100K).