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Turn Signal & light Switches
Created: April 07, 2014
Finding the correct turn signal indicator switch and, or light switch is best done by visually matching up the current switch from the chart listed below.
Created: May 24, 2013
Information and Overview of the Mini Cooper Wire harness
Created: March 07, 2013
In Canada, MK III minis were imported with what was then an excellent new feature, "Hazard Lights." Sometimes called 4-way flashers, this switch allows the turn signal lamps of both left and right sides of the car to work at the same time regardless of the ignition being turned on. There i...
Improving Your Mini Cooper Gas Mileage
Created: August 06, 2008
Most engines (and all Minis) use an electric spark to start the burning of the fuel/air mixture which in turn powers the car.  If the engine is to run properly this ‘electric spark’ must happen at the exact right time. Setting your timing means you adjusting the time the plug fires ...
Troubleshooting Lucas Points
Created: May 14, 2008
Troubleshooting Lucas Points The following document discusses the operation of the basic “points type” ignition system. Included are steps to troubleshoot the ignition system. This document presents a negative ground system only. Please read the Theory of Operation section before attempting to troubleshoot your ignition system.
Smiths Voltage Stabilizers - REVISED
Created: May 14, 2008
The following document discusses the operation of the basic Smiths voltage stabilizer as used to operate electrical gauges on British vehicles. Methods of replacement and testing are also discussed.
Lamp Bar Installation Instructions
Created: May 14, 2007
Installation InstructionsRemove grille and overriders (if fitted the overriders can't be refitted) Remove the center fixing nut from the bumper, fit the center support bracket using the bumper nut and washer, bending the bracket towards the apron mark off and drill hole after offering bar up. Loosel...
Created: January 12, 2007
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Are these legal?PIAA lamps are intended for use solely as auxiliary lighting. Lighting laws vary from state to state. PIAA makes no representation or warranty, either expressed or implied, as to the legality of its products for street use on any vehi...
Do's and Don’t of the 123 Distributor for the Mini Cooper
Created: January 31, 2006
The last distributor you will ever need is now available for your Mini or Mini Cooper S. The '123 Distributor' from the Netherlands is a revolutionary design that allows you to have the exact ignition curve that you need for your application. And most importantly this is true if you have an 850 or a full blown 1275cc engine. The all new fully electronic billet distributor has been programmed with 16 different advance curves that are easily switched. The 123 Distributor is available for either the A or A+ application with or without vacuum advance. The 16 different advance curves are based on the original factory Lucas distributors as used in the many different models such that as long as you always use either an A or A+ power-unit, the 123 Distributor is one and only distributor you will ever need.
123 Distributor Aplication Guide
Created: January 31, 2006
This table can be used as a guide to selecting the appropriate curve for your particular application. Select either the standard engine specification, or if you have a distributor with a curve that works well already, you can read the Lucas service number from the side of the distributor body to mat...
Wiper Switch Conversion
Created: November 27, 2002
Download instructions on converting a single-speed wiper switch to a two-speed switch Click here for instructions in PDF format ...
Mini & Cooper Wiring Diagrams On-Line
Created: February 19, 2002
Wiring diagrams for a variety of Minis and Mokes are now available from our huge Technical Information archives!
DISTRIBUTORS - working basics.
Created: September 15, 2000
To maximize power and economy potential from any engine, burning the compressed fuel/air mixture at precisely the right point throughout the engines entire rpm range is essential. This ‘point’ is generally somewhere before the piston reaches TDC on its power stroke described in degrees - i.e. 10 degrees BTDC.
Changing from Dynamo to Alternator
Created: September 01, 2000
Completing this change successfully, easily and neatly is pretty straight forward on a Mini. The alternator contains the regulator and cut out functions within it’s casing, so makes the regulator box used with a dynamo redundant. However, it is useful to retain the box itself and it’s connectors.
Distributor Adapter
Created: January 30, 2000
This kit allows the pre "A-plus" distributor to be used with an "A-plus"block. Rotate the engine until the No. 1 cylinder is at Top Dead Center (TDC no.1) with both valves closed. Remove the existing distributor drive spindle and install the 3A0009 Modified Drive (ref # 2) found in this kit. Refer to a workshop manual for proper clocking.
Alternator Conversion Instructions
Created: January 30, 2000
The polarity of the alternator can not be changed, so if the alternator you have does not conform to your car, you must change your car. If you bought your alternator from Mini Mania, it IS NEGATIVE GROUND.
Electrical polarity
Created: January 29, 2000
When fitting a new or rebuilt generator to your Mini, certain instructions will usually be found with it. These instructions advise the course of action to polarize the unit and are the same instructions for changing the cars electrical system from positive to negative earth or vice-versa.