MINI Cooper S R56 Engine Death Rattle Noise

Timing Chain Removal & Installation Summary with Video


MINI Cooper S Engine Noise MINI Cooper S R56 Engine Death Rattle Noise

Early symptoms of chain tensioner failure on the R55, R56, R57 models consists a slight rattling sound from the passenger side of the engine valve cover, even with engine running but not driven. The rattle sound will increase with speed, but go away when the engine reaches approximately 1800 R.P.M.

The sound will return when the engine returns to lower R.P.M.s during deceleration or idle. In early stages this sound may be more pronounced at colder temperatures, but in more severe cases the sound and vibration will be heard at all temperatures. (Click Here to Read Engine Repair Instructions & Procedures)

MINI Cooper S R56 Mini Technical Service Bulletin SI M 11 02 07
click to download this PDF. (applies to all)

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2007 MINI Cooper S R56
2008 MINI Cooper S R56
2009 MINI Cooper S R56
2010 MINI Cooper S R56
2011 MINI Cooper S R56
2012 MINI Cooper S R56

2008 MINI Cooper S R55 Clubman
2009 MINI Cooper S R55 Clubman
2010 MINI Cooper S R55 Clubman
2011 MINI Cooper S R55 Clubman
2012 MINI Cooper S R55 Clubman

2009 MINI Cooper S R57 Convertible
2010 MINI Cooper S R57 Convertible
2011 MINI Cooper S R57 Convertible
2012 MINI Cooper S R57 Convertible

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MINI Cooper S Engine Parts

MINI Cooper S R56 timing chain kit MINI Cooper S Timing Chain Kit
Part Number: 180846    
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Fix the famous R56 "death rattle" with this timing chain kit. (more info)
Compatible with models from 01/2007 to 04/2007
MINI Cooper S R56 rear crankshaft seal MINI Cooper S Rear Crankshaft Seal
Part Number: 191229    
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Crankshaft Seal (105 X 85 X 8 mm) (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 serpentine belt MINI Cooper S Serpentine Belt
Part Number: 180847    
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Replacement Serpentine Belt (more info)
Compatible with models from 01/2007 to 04/2007
MINI Cooper S R56 NGK spark plug MINI Cooper S NGK Spark Plug
Part Number: 180848    
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NGK Spark Plug (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 ignition coil MINI Cooper S Ignition Coil
Part Number: 301227    
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Ignition Coil. Replace your bad, or failing coils with these OEM quality coils. (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 valve cover gasket MINI Cooper S Valve Cover Gasket
Part Number: 180845    
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Valve Cover Gasket (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 valve cover MINI Cooper S Valve Cover
Part Number: 180839    
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Replacement Valve Cover (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 oil pan gasket MINI Cooper S Oil Pan Gasket
Part Number: 52273    
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Engine Oil Pan Gasket (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 timing chain tensioner MINI Cooper S Timing Chain Tensioner
Part Number: 180841    
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Timing Chain Tensioner (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 timing chain guide rail MINI Cooper S Timing Chain Guide Rail
Part Number: 180843    
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Timing Chain Guide Rail. (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 timing chain MINI Cooper S Timing Chain
Part Number: 180842    
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Timing Chain (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 timing chain tensioning rail MINI Cooper S Timing Chain Tensioning Rail
Part Number: 180844    
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Timing Chain Tensioning Rail (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 hylomar blue gasket sealant MINI Cooper S Hylomar Gasket Sealant (Blue Formula)
Part Number: 63405    
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This no-run formula seals surface imperfections on machined flanges and is vibration resistant and resists engine fluids. (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 oil drain plug seal MINI Cooper S Oil Drain Plug Seal
Part Number: 35032    
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Oil Drain Plug Seal (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 oil drain plug 16x1.5mm MINI Cooper S Oil Drain Plug 16x1.5mm
Part Number: 35031    
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Oil Drain Plug 16x1.5mm (more info)
MINI Cooper S R56 valve cover gasket MINI Cooper S Valve Cover Gasket
Part Number: 300537    
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Mini Cooper Valve Cover Gasket (more info)
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