So. Suddenly I’ve enough to fill a build thread. Is it just as well to put it here?
I started with plugs, wires, air filter, and new dipstick (old one had broken handle). And of course ANDROID AUTO, because fun stuff! Even used an adapter to get the steering wheel controls to work! So cool!
But then: Last Tuesday I took it to have the A/C recharged, because despite what some might think, we can have three or four months where things can be hot as balls. Not cheeseballs. Like, meatballs. Fireballs! And its been hot all summer.
Anyways, Wade found a guy who will recharge from his driveway for a hundred bucks, assuming that’s all it needs. Yeah, that wasn’t all it needed, hence the build thread.
My plan was to drive it like it was with minimal work until next summer. Those that know me know that I clearly don’t even know myself. So… A/C guy says “Yep. Compressor is shot. Better do condenser too, since its probably contaminated.”
So, I bring it home, have a looksie, and begin some teardown. Then I look in the BIG book and realize that I’m going to have to perform “front end service mode” on the “modular front end”. I’d seen this on video, wasn’t looking forward to it, and figured I’d do it in a few years time when I serviced the supercharger.
BUT the future was now. Err. Then. So, with a heavy heart, I began tearing down the front clip, to make room to extract the compressor and condenser. I mean, how hard can it be? It’s a cute little Mini, right? Here we go:
Once I got to here I started glimpsing some sort of crime scene forensic evidence on the front of the block. I HATE leaks. Like all car guys. So, perhaps this was worth a little more digging?
Pulling the Modular Front End (sounds like a couple of wing nuts should be enough to pull the whole thing off, am I right?) allowed me to see a lot more of what was going on. I took my wire brushes and starting scraping. The pile in the tray was go #1. Gross!