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Replacement Clutches Alcester - Mini Clutch fitting

The Mini clutch plate has a high friction coating on both sides and is fitted between the Mini engine flywheel and a spring loaded pressure plate
The clutch is disengaged in manual gearbox versions when the clutch pedal is depressed.

Does your Mini need a new clutch?
Use our form to request a replacement Mini clutch, slave or master cyclinder

If there is plenty of torque and the clutch appears to be slipping; then it may be that the high friction surface has worn away and a new Mini clutch is needed

If there is a slight leak in the hydraulic pipework or; more likely; the seals on the master or slave clutch cylinder then you may find it difficult to change gears as the clutch does not fully disengage

Mini Hydraulic Clutch Master Cylinder - Slave Cylinder
Operating the clutch pedal actuates a hydraulic piston linked to the clutch pedal
This increases fluid pressure to operate a secondary piston that engages-disengages the Mini clutch plates

Clutch wear can make it difficult to pull away from a cold engine start without the engine juddering

Your Mini clutch connects and disconnects the engine from the gearbox to allow for the smooth transition from one gear to the next and allows the vehicle to remain stationary with the engine running.

The clutch forms a mechanical linkage to transfer power from the engine/gearbox to the driving wheels of your Mini

Alcester Mini: Clutch Repairs

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Alcester Clutch Repairs: Mini Clutch Fitting

Mini Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Mini paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Mini different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Mini Brakes
Routine Mini servicing, replacement Mini brake pads & discs fitted, Mini hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Mini Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Mini Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Mini Timing Belt - Mini Cambelt
Mini Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Mini service or if the Timing Belt on your Mini has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Mini Gearboxes
Mini Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Mini gearbox

Mini Clutches
Mini clutch repairs Alcester - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Mini Clutch kit

Mini Performance Spares
OEM Mini parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Mini EGR Valves
Replacement Mini EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Mini - The EGR valve helps your Mini burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Mini engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Mini Alternators
Replacement Mini alternators fitted

Mini Body Panels
Replacement Mini panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Mini Panel damage repairs

Mini Electrical Components
Mini electrical faults repaired using Mini OEM components - Mini sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Mini Autoelectrics
Mini electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Mini engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Mini Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Mini Engines
Mini Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Mini Cooling System
Replacement Mini radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Mini engine at its optimal operating temperature

Mini Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Mini model

Mini Starter Motors
Replacement Mini Starter motors installed

Mini Exhausts
Mini Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Mini Exhausts fitted & welded

Mini Suspension System
Mini replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Alcester Brake Servicing - New Disc Brakes & Pads

Modern Mini braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Mini brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

Mini Disc Brakes and Drum Brake Systems

Drum Brakes are an older system than Mini disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Mini rear wheels

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

Mini disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Mini Brake Servicing - Mini Brake Maintenance & Parts Replacement

The brake pads on your Mini should wear first

if the Mini brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

If the Mini brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

Mini Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

Mini brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

Mini Brake Servicing & Inspection Alcester

General brake disc condition

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Brake calliper operation

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Brake pipe Condition

Wheel cylinder condition

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

ABS warning light operation

Brake drum condition

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Handbrake function and travel

And carry out the following maintenance of your Mini braking system:-

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Adjust handbrake

Hand brake linkage condition

Mini Steering System

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

Common symptoms of Mini steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Mini tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Mini steering system is uneven tyre wear

Your Mini steering inspection can include:-

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Steering Condition

Mini Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Mini Brake Servicing: Brake Discs, Pads & Hydraulics

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

Replacement Mini Cambelt - Timing Belt

Since Mini Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Mini

Generally Mini belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Mini that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Mini Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Mini parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Mini timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

Mini Engine Efficiency - Fuel Injection

Mini Re-Mapping Alcester
The Mini ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Mini vehicles

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Mini fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

Mini Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

Mini Engine Mapping
The Mini ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

Mini Oil Change Frequency

Oil & Filter Change
A new Mini oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Mini engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Mini engine fails

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Mini engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Mini running smoothly

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Mini motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Mini engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Mini performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Mini engine increases

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Mini recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Synthetic Oil Change - Alcester
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Mini Exhaust Fitting Alcester

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

The Mini exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

Alcester Replacement Mini Clutch

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

The Mini clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theMini transmission system

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

Mini Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Mini clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Mini Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Mini Clutch kit:-
Mini clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Mini clutch slave cylinder

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Mini ABS - Anti-lock Braking System

  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Control Unit
  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Sensor
  • ABS Modulator
  • ABS Ecu

Mini Air Conditioning

  • Mini AC Evaporator
  • Mini AC Receiver Drier
  • Mini AC Fluid Top Up
  • Mini AC Condenser
  • Mini AC Radiator
  • Mini AC Compressor
  • Mini AC Pump

Mini Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

  • Mini Cabin Air and Pollen Filter
  • Mini Fuel Filter
  • Mini Transmission Filter Kit
  • Mini Air Filter
  • Mini Oil Filter

Mini Sensors

  • Mini Air Flow Mass Meter
  • Mini Oxygen Sensor
  • Mini Temperature Sensor

Mini Electrical Systems

  • Mini Electronic Control Unit
  • Mini Eibach Pro Kit
  • Mini Tail Lights
  • Mini Ignition Coil
  • Mini Starter Motor
  • Mini Window Motors
  • Mini Fuel Pump
  • Mini Heater Core
  • Mini Water Pump
  • Mini Spark Plugs
  • Mini Alternator
  • Mini Thermostats
  • Mini Lambda Sensor
  • Mini Headlights
  • Mini Oxygen Sensor
  • Mini Fog Lights
  • Mini Cooling Fan
  • Mini ECU Mapping Remap
  • Mini Parking Light
  • Mini Antenna
  • Mini Bulbs
  • Mini Heater Blower Motor
  • Mini Spark Plug HT Leads

Mini Wheel Components

  • Mini Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Mini Control Arm
  • Mini Tyres
  • Mini Ball Joints
  • Mini CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Mini Axle Assembly

Mini Brake Servicing

  • Mini Brake Discs
  • Mini Brake Calipers
  • Mini Brake Master Cylinder
  • Mini Brake Drums
  • Mini Brake Servo
  • Mini Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Mini Brake Rotor
  • Mini Brake Compensator Valve
  • Mini Brake Pads

Mini Clutches

  • Mini Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Mini Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Mini Clutch Kit
  • Mini Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Mini Clutch Cable
  • Mini Flywheel
  • Mini Clutch Pedal
  • Mini Clutch Slave Cylinder

Mini Exhaust Systems

  • Mini Oxygen Sensor
  • Mini EGR Valve
  • Mini Muffler
  • Mini Exhaust Box
  • Mini Exhaust System Complete
  • Mini Exhaust Pipes
  • Mini Tailpipe
  • Mini Silencer
  • Mini Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Mini Exhaust Manifold
  • Mini Lambda Sensor
  • Mini Exhaust

Mini Engine Repairs

  • Mini Engine Mounts
  • Mini Ignition Coil
  • Mini Timing Belt Kits
  • Mini Fuel Injector
  • Mini Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Mini Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Mini Timing Chain Kits
  • Mini Pistons and Cylinder

Alcester Gasket Fitting

  • Mini Valve Cover Gasket
  • Mini Cylinder Head Gasket

Mini Oil & Hydraulics

  • Mini Oil Sump and Plate
  • Mini Fuel Cap
  • Mini Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Mini Oil Filter
  • Mini Oil Cap
  • Mini Oil Pump

Mini Parts

  • Mini Tie Rods
  • Mini Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Mini Wiper Blades
  • Mini Hood Emblems
  • Mini Power Steering Pump
  • Mini Steering Rack
  • Mini Struts
  • Mini Shock Absorbers
  • Mini Throttle Body & Cable
  • Mini Power Steering Hoses
  • Mini Radiator
  • Mini Windscreen Wipers
  • Mini Serpentine and V Belt
  • Mini Radiator Pipes

Mini - Suspension & Springs

  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Mini Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Idler arm
  • Ball Joints
  • Tie Rods
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Struts
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Mini bush wear
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Mini Additional Suspension Components
  • Sway Bar
  • Spring Condition
  • Suspension Struts

Common Problems

  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • My Mini Does Not drive Straight
  • Mini Headlights not working
  • Heater Not Working
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Clogged Mini air filter
  • Mini Lights not working
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Engine Won't Start
  • Engine Misfires
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • Knocking sound
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Tyres vibrate
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • Engine Overheating
  • Mini Radiator fan not working
  • Clutch Slave Cylinder Leaking
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Block Mini Fuel Injector
  • Mini keeps stalling
  • Can't get into gear
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Slipping when cold
  • Window stuck
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Judder when braking
  • Metal Particles in Fuel Filter
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Engine Stalls
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Clutch juddering
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • Warning Lights On
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Vacuum Leak
  • Mini Immobiliser
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • My Mini Won't Start
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Mini Check Engine Light On
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Spongey Brakes
  • Coolant Leaking
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