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Hi, my wife has a MINI ONE registered 2015, it has 30,000 miles on the clock. The car seems to be running fine, but recently a drive train fault came up. Took it to the local Mini dealership, a couple of faults showed up on the computor, but they couldn't find an actual fault, so the downloaded new software and sent me away £138 lighter. A couple of days later, the amber engine fault came on, I took it back to the dealership who have advised that it is a VANOS fault and that a circlip has fallen off and I need new crankshafts at a cost of £2,955.00. I have complained that the car has only done 30,000 miles and now it is virtually a write-off. MINI warranty have offered to fund 80% of the parts, but the repair still comes in at £1,328.00. I feel very agrieved at this.

Crankshaft or Camshaft? Seems a bit of a stretch that the circlip from the Cam shaft would affect the Crankshaft. I mean it could have fallen and gotten caught in the timing chain perhaps but highly unlikely. I would ask them to explain how the Crankshaft could be affected by that.'
Cam shaft... now that is possible.
On my sons car and my subsequent troubleshooting, because it was so carbonned up and running rough, it ended up running on 1 cylinder. That ultimately ended up spinning the camshaft position lobe out by 2mm. We ended up taking it to the dealer, and after explaining to the mechanic what we had done so far and now the code we were getting, he immediately felt it was the position lobe as he had seen it twice before. He had actually made up a jig to measure it as Mini didn't have one. Sure enough, after tearing the top of the engine apart to get at it, he found it was out,(those lobes are only pressed on to the end of the Camshaft so under severe rough running conditions will spin slightly on the cam)
$900Can for a new Cam, $3000 for the whole job and the Mini was back running.
 

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Hi, My mistake, it's the two camshafts that have to be changed. apparently BMW recomend this as the fitting of the circlip has changed, I guess because they keep falling off! Unlike your son's car, ours seems to be running perfectly. No power loss , no noises, running smooth as ever. wouldn't know anything was wrong if it wasn't for the warning lamp.What uspsets me is that if the shafts have to be changed because they have made a design change, then they should cover under warranty especially as we have only 30,000 miles on the clock.
 

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Mes fils ont un F56 2015, avec 19 codes, tous les cylindres ratés, Les Vanos d’échappement coincés, Non contrôlable, Position complètement retardée (comme 70 degrés complètement retardée selon les diagnostics), et un certain nombre de codes pour endommager les gaz d’échappement. Le garage voulait 2 000 $ juste pour dépanner, mais nous avons décidé de l’examiner nous-mêmes. J’ai remarqué que l’actionneur d’échappement Vanos manquait le circlip et cela permet à la bobine interne (pièce en plastique noir) de pousser quelques millimètres et l’huile peut ensuite être dirigée vers les ports incorrects. Diagnostiqué cela en regardant la position de la caméra. ce serait normal lorsque la voiture démarrerait, mais à mesure que la pression d’huile s’accumulerait, elle passerait à la position complètement retardée.
J’ai appelé quelques concessionnaires Mini, mais ils n’en savaient rien et ont dit que l’ensemble de l’actionneur Vanos serait remplacé à 480 $, plus 9 heures de travail. Le bricolage ressemblait à 600 $ en outillage et démontage du haut du moteur. J’ai pensé que nous allions d’abord essayer de remplacer le clip.
J’ai fait quelques recherches et j’ai trouvé le numéro de pièce - c’est en fait un K-clip (JK-16 ou D2000-0160). Il n’y en avait pas au Canada, alors j’ai trouvé un endroit spécialisé pour les commander. J’ai maintenant 98 pièces de rechange.
Nous l’avons remplacé, nous nous sommes débarrassés de la plupart des codes, à l’exception de Cylinder #1 a un raté occasionnel sous charge - soupçonnant une bougie d’allumage, une bobine ou un injecteur. Il clignote aussi occasionnellement Exhaust Vanos coincé, mais il est dans la position 20 degrés maintenant et se déplace un peu. Le solénoïde est également un point de défaillance, mais ne pouvait pas les échanger lorsque le k-clip était manquant.

J’ai 98 clips de rechange si quelqu’un est intéressé.
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Bonjour
je suis a la recherche d’un clips pour la mini de ma femme ,le même problème que vous code P13C9 ET LE CLIPS MANQUE.
pouvez vous m’en vendre?
Merci d’avance
 

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My sons has a 2015 F56, with 19 codes, all cylinders misfiring, Exhaust Vanos jammed, Not controllable, Fully retarded position (like 70 degrees fully retarded according to the diagnostics), and a number of codes for damaging exhaust gasses. The garage was wanting $2k just to troubleshoot, but we decided to look at it ourselves. Noticed the Exhaust Vanos Actuator was missing the circlip and that allows the inner spool (Black Plastic piece) to push out a few millimeters and oil can then be directed to the incorrect ports. Diagnosed that by watching the cam position. it would be normal when the car started up, but as oil pressure built up it would go to the fully retarded position.
Called a few Mini Dealers, but they didn't know anything about it and said the whole Vanos Actuator would be replaced $480, plus 9 hours of labour. DIY looked like $600 in tooling and dismantling the top of the engine. I figured we would try replacing the clip first.
I did some research and found the part number - it's actually a K-clip (JK-16 or D2000-0160). There were none in Canada so i found a specialty fastener place that could order them in. I now have 98 spares.
We replaced it, got rid of most of the codes except Cylinder #1 has an occasional misfire under load - suspecting sparkplug, coil or injector. It also occasionally flashes Exhaust Vanos jammed, but it is in the 20 degrees position now and moves around a bit. The solenoid is also a failure point, but couldn't swap them around when the k-clip was missing.

I have 98 spare clips if anyone is interested.
Long shot here…. But do you happen to have some of these spare clips left? I could use some in Ontario for the same issue.
 

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My sons has a 2015 F56, with 19 codes, all cylinders misfiring, Exhaust Vanos jammed, Not controllable, Fully retarded position (like 70 degrees fully retarded according to the diagnostics), and a number of codes for damaging exhaust gasses. The garage was wanting $2k just to troubleshoot, but we decided to look at it ourselves. Noticed the Exhaust Vanos Actuator was missing the circlip and that allows the inner spool (Black Plastic piece) to push out a few millimeters and oil can then be directed to the incorrect ports. Diagnosed that by watching the cam position. it would be normal when the car started up, but as oil pressure built up it would go to the fully retarded position.
Called a few Mini Dealers, but they didn't know anything about it and said the whole Vanos Actuator would be replaced $480, plus 9 hours of labour. DIY looked like $600 in tooling and dismantling the top of the engine. I figured we would try replacing the clip first.
I did some research and found the part number - it's actually a K-clip (JK-16 or D2000-0160). There were none in Canada so i found a specialty fastener place that could order them in. I now have 98 spares.
We replaced it, got rid of most of the codes except Cylinder #1 has an occasional misfire under load - suspecting sparkplug, coil or injector. It also occasionally flashes Exhaust Vanos jammed, but it is in the 20 degrees position now and moves around a bit. The solenoid is also a failure point, but couldn't swap them around when the k-clip was missing.

I have 98 spare clips if anyone is interested.
 

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Hi,
My wife has a similar issue (2015 - 3 cylinder- F56) showing VANOS solenoid error codes.
I have looked at the engine but unable to find the Vanos solenoid. Do you have a guide or diagrams on how to access the VANOS solenoid. Having read your post, I have ordered the circlip in anticipation.
However, I will be grateful if you can forward me some helpful tips on accessing the Vanos and reseting the Vanos actuator.
 

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Hi,
My wife has a similar issue (2015 - 3 cylinder- F56) showing VANOS solenoid error codes.
I have looked at the engine but unable to find the Vanos solenoid. Do you have a guide or diagrams on how to access the VANOS solenoid. Having read your post, I have ordered the circlip in anticipation.
However, I will be grateful if you can forward me some helpful tips on accessing the Vanos and reseting the Vanos actuator.
Sorry, wasn't online for a few days and missed your question. I'll have to dig back thru my pictures, but I didn't know when I started and basically had to google it. I'll send you a message with some pictures. One advantage i had was Newtis (BMW online shop manual) was still working back then so i had spent hours going thru that.
 

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Hi,
My wife has a similar issue (2015 - 3 cylinder- F56) showing VANOS solenoid error codes.
I have looked at the engine but unable to find the Vanos solenoid. Do you have a guide or diagrams on how to access the VANOS solenoid. Having read your post, I have ordered the circlip in anticipation.
However, I will be grateful if you can forward me some helpful tips on accessing the Vanos and reseting the Vanos actuator.
The BMW/MINI parts site can help with locating the parts in the engine. This link shows the VANOS solenoids and actuators: timing gear timing chain top. 2015 MINI Hardtop 5 Door Base | MINI Canada

This link shows the actuators on the side of the engine (the two lighter grey pucks on the side of the valve cover: Short Engine. 2015 MINI Hardtop 5 Door Base | MINI Canada

To reset the codes, you'll need a OBD2 code scanner tool.
 

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The BMW/MINI parts site can help with locating the parts in the engine. This link shows the VANOS solenoids and actuators: timing gear timing chain top. 2015 MINI Hardtop 5 Door Base | MINI Canada

This link shows the actuators on the side of the engine (the two lighter grey pucks on the side of the valve cover: Short Engine. 2015 MINI Hardtop 5 Door Base | MINI Canada

To reset the codes, you'll need a OBD2 code scanner tool.
Hi, thanks, for the list. However, the second link showing the engine is different(clubman). My wife's car is a Mini One.
 

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The BMW/MINI parts site can help with locating the parts in the engine. This link shows the VANOS solenoids and actuators: timing gear timing chain top. 2015 MINI Hardtop 5 Door Base | MINI Canada

This link shows the actuators on the side of the engine (the two lighter grey pucks on the side of the valve cover: Short Engine. 2015 MINI Hardtop 5 Door Base | MINI Canada

To reset the codes, you'll need a OBD2 code scanner tool.
Thanks dmrolo,
The diagram was helpful but how do I distinguish the location of the exhaust vanos ?
 

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Exhaust vanos should be the one towards the back of the engine. When you take off the actuator, you should be able to see “IN” or “EX” stamped on the timing chain gear. This will correspond with Intake or Exhaust.
 

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Exhaust vanos should be the one towards the back of the engine. When you take off the actuator, you should be able to see “IN” or “EX” stamped on the timing chain gear. This will correspond with Intake or Exhaust.
Hi dmrolo,

Excuse my ignorance here. But my understanding is that there is only one solenoid behind the actuator as shown in the diagram.(no.6). Just to clarify the details of my wife's car are:
Model- Cooper Auto (5door hatchback) - 3 cylinder, Twin Power Turbo
Type - UKL-L
Variant: XS52.
I have also searched behind the engine and can not find any VANOS solenoid anywhere. One of the paperwork given to her states the car is F55. Just need to confirm exhaust solenoid location before pulling the the engine apart :)
So confused.com right now.
Any light on the location of the exhaust solenoid will be gratefully appreciated.

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Depending on the year and model of car, it will be one of those 3 shown in the diagram. The list of parts has a date range listed for each of the 3 options so you can determine which one applies to you. Although the diagram only shows the solenoids for the rear gear, the same components (actuator and solenoid) are part of the front gear.

You can narrow this down for your particular year and model at the Mini parts website... Shop MINI Original Parts in Canada. for CDN pricing.

The actuators are on the side of the engine adjacent to the airbox. There should be one towards the front, and one towards the rear in the arrangement shown in the parts diagram.
 
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