Subframe Top Mount Bolt :@
Posted 30 May 2012 - 10:40 PM
Posted 30 May 2012 - 11:10 PM
Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:31 AM
I removed this. It's held on with two captive nuts behind the coolant expansion tank, although they might need a bit of help to grip. You only need to undo those 2 bolts and tie it out the way.
Subframe mount access 1 by bcjamesmini, on Flickr
With that out of the way there is some vertical room above the bolt. Providing the subframe is in line, you should be able to just drop the bolt in from above. You can shine a torch down to see where abouts it is, and do as Tiger said and loosen the other mounts if the subframe is not sitting correctly. If you've just removed the tower bolts one to access the suspension cones, then it shouldn't be too far out.
Finally, I use this shaped socket to do it up. I can drop it down on top, wiggle it in to place, and then attach the extension and ratchet/torque wrench.
Subframe mount access 2 by bcjamesmini, on Flickr
Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:23 PM
bcjames thank you very much, that's exactly the sort of information I wanted, got the bit you said off and pulled off that plastic cover behind it and access was very much easier. It went in with (almost) no problem.
The bolt still didn't quite want to engage in the subframe but sort of started when I pressed down on it and tightened it by hand, then slipped out again when trying to tighten it with no pressure on the top of it with my socket. My solution was to get any grot off the threads of the bolt with one of those wire brush drill attachment things, push an old tie rod bush into the end of my socket so when you press down on the end of the ratchet it applied even pressure to the head of the bolt. This got it engaging with the threads in the subframe; mine only required light pressure but it was enough.
Thanks for the replies!
by the way the method above was only necessary as my socket was much deeper than the head of the bolt; if yours isn't deeper then it may just require the pressure.
Edited by Jimmy Hat, 31 May 2012 - 12:24 PM.
Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:47 PM
Looking at all that clutter, I don't think my next Mini will be an MPi! I like maintenance to be easy, so it tends to get done regularly. But I do appreciate that MPis have other advantages.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:32 AM
Think it always helps to be a bit open minded about 'different' ways to get things done, saves a lot of time and effort throughout the whole job i think... mpi's arent as bad as all that really, just as an example that bolt took the removal of one bracket to get it in, there's a lot of extra breathers and sensors etc to deal with but swings and roundabouts really...
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