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There doesn't seem to be oil on my dipstick?

Old 10-14-2013, 03:11 PM
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Hello guys!
I have a 2007 Mini Cooper S. I had the oil changed at the dealer at 65,000 miles and now I'm at 68,000. I noticed lately that when I take sharp turns, my oil pressure light comes on. As soon as I straighten out, it turns off so it only turns on for a half second.
I checked my oil and I used the paper towel method to wipe off the dipstick and check the level. On the paper towel, there's oil from the top and bottom ***** of the dipstick but there's absolutely nothing in between. I tried spinning it around in the paper towel and nothing came off. I added a quart of oil (Castrol SAE 5W-30) and checked it again and there's still nothing.
The soonest the dealership can look at it is next Monday but I don't want my car to blow up before then! haha
Old 10-15-2013, 09:58 AM
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You are low on oil. I would not drive it any further. The R56 Cooper S (turbo) engines are know to consume some oil. Sometimes as low as 2 quarts or more, if you have an additional leak. You will also hear the rattle noise.

Also if you have the older dipstick ( flexible type spring metal ) its hard to read. Here is the DIY for reading the dipstick on the early 07 R56 MINI withe the metal type.

I would advise getting the newer design dipstick as the old one is no longer available. Its a little easier to read.

Dipstick For Engine Oil W/ Seal Part # 11437585970

Home Page Search SiteSearch 11437585970 - ECS Tuning Inc

And always carry an extra quart of oil and check your oil weekly dependent on driving habits. Get some oil in the short run and make sure you have enough in there.

5W-30 Factory Engine Oil - Priced Each Part # 07510143829


We also are the only ones to have the MINI Official Oil storage bag which is great for keeping a quart of oil in the trunk. attaches to the carpet with Velcro backing built in.

Oil Storage Bag - MINI Part # 83292158849



Also make sure you don't have any additional oil leaks , like around the oil pan or the oil line near the turbo.

#6 Turbo Oil Pipe Line Part # 11657534454



#8 Seal washer Part # 07119963151



#7 Hollow Bolt Part # 07119905176


Thanks and let me know if you need anything else.

Last edited by ECSTuning; 10-15-2013 at 10:02 AM.
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