MINI 2002-05

Subframe (Axle Carrier)

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Front bumper and bumper carrier
     
    Impact tube
     
    Bulkhead nuts and clamp nut holding reservoir tank to bulkhead
     
    Tie rod ends from steering knuckle
     
    Left and right stabilizer rods from stabilizer bar
     
    Lower control arm ball joints from steering knuckle
     
    Power steering pump electrical plug
     
    Steering column shaft from steering gear
     
    Lower engine stabilizer bracket
     

  4.  
  5. Position a jack at the jacking point on chassis subframe.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Center bolts for left and right side of subframe at vehicle body
     
    Bolts holding left and right retaining bushing housing on body
     
    All bolts from rear end of subframe to body
     

  8.  
  9. Lower the subframe and power steering reservoir through the engine compartment.
  10.  
  11. Remove the cable assembly between the subframe and steering gear (if equipped).
  12.  
  13. Use a 0.16 inch (4mm) rod to hold the power steering reservoir vertically, as shown.
  14.  
  15. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Stabilizer bar
     
    Lower control arms from subframe
     
    Retaining clips for lower covering from subframe
     
    Steering gear heat shield
     
    Power steering line and power steering gear from subframe
     
    Power steering pump from subframe
     
    Stone guard
     

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    Fig. Illustrating how the power steering reservoir should be held after the subframe is removed


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    New retaining clips for ABS wiring harness to subframe
     
    Stone guard
     
    Power steering pump to subframe; torque mounting bracket bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm)
     
    Steering gear to subframe; torque mounting bolts to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm)
     
    Power steering line bracket
     
    Steering gear heat shield
     
    Bottom covering to subframe clips
     
    Lower control arms to subframe; torque mounting bolts 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm)
     
    Stabilizer bar to subframe; torque mounting bolts to 122 ft. lbs. (165 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Position the subframe and power steering reservoir into position. Install the rear subframe bolts. Torque bolts to 71 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install, but do not tighten, bolts holding left and right retaining bushing housing to body.
  6.  
  7. Install the center bolts for the front left and right side subframe mountings to body. Torque bolts to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Fully tighten the left and right bushing housing bolt to 44 ft. lbs. (59 Nm), plus an additional 90 degrees, then an additional 15 degrees.
  10.  
  11. Remove the jack from the subframe jacking point.
  12.  
  13. Install or connect the following:

    Lower engine stabilizer; torque bolts to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm)
     
    Steering gear to lower end of steering column; tighten new pinch bolt nut to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm)
     
    High voltage connector to power steering pump
     
    Lower control arm ball joints to steering knuckle; torque new nuts to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm)
     
    Left and right stabilizer rods to stabilizer bar; torque new nuts to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm)
     
    Tie rod end ball joints to steering knuckle; torque new nuts to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm)
     
    Power steering reservoir clamp bolt and mounting bolts to bulkhead; torque nuts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm)
     
    Impact tube
     
    Bumper carrier and bumper
     
    Front wheels
     

  14.  
  15. Check and adjust wheel alignment.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Front bumper and bumper carrier
     
    Impact tube
     
    Bulkhead nuts and clamp nut holding reservoir tank to bulkhead
     
    Tie rod ends from steering knuckle
     
    Left and right stabilizer rods from stabilizer bar
     
    Lower control arm ball joints from steering knuckle
     
    Power steering pump electrical plug
     
    Steering column shaft from steering gear
     
    Lower engine stabilizer bracket
     

  4.  
  5. Position a jack at the jacking point on chassis subframe.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Center bolts for left and right side of subframe at vehicle body
     
    Bolts holding left and right retaining bushing housing on body
     
    All bolts from rear end of subframe to body
     

  8.  
  9. Lower the subframe and power steering reservoir through the engine compartment.
  10.  
  11. Remove the cable assembly between the subframe and steering gear (if equipped).
  12.  
  13. Use a 0.16 inch (4mm) rod to hold the power steering reservoir vertically, as shown.
  14.  
  15. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Stabilizer bar
     
    Lower control arms from subframe
     
    Retaining clips for lower covering from subframe
     
    Steering gear heat shield
     
    Power steering line and power steering gear from subframe
     
    Power steering pump from subframe
     
    Stone guard