MINI Cooper Rod Bearings

What is a Rod Bearing?

A Rod Bearing is made up of two halves of smooth metal that wraps around the connecting rod, and crankshaft. This design allows a very thin film of oil to be continuously pumped in between the pieces of metal to provide lubrication. The job of a Rod Bearing is to act as a fail-safe because the softer metal typically wears down and fails before the crankshaft or the rod itself. Both of those repairs are far more extensive and time-consuming if damaged from not replacing your rod bearings.

What Causes Engine Knock?

The rod knock in an engine can occur when the bearing has been partially or completely destroyed. It’s usually due to oil starvation although bearing wear can happen naturally over hundreds of thousands of miles.

On the flip side (literally) is the Wrist Pin. It’s a hollow pin that holds the piston to the top of the connecting rod. When there’s wear on the wrist pin, a condition known as “Piston Slap” occurs – the piston is slightly loose and wobbles in the cylinder, making extra noise.

Keep in mind that rod knock and piston slap are both caused by incredibly small changes in tolerances. We’re not talking about a quarter of an inch – we’re talking in terms of thousandths of an inch! That seemingly minor gap allows for enough movement to cause rod bearing noise because metal parts can now bang against each other.

The Rod Bearing Replacement Procedure

  • After the vehicle has been diagnosed our Certified Technicians begin the process of replacing the rod bearings. This process requires mechanical knowledge, skill, a clean workspace, and several specialist tools so we recommend leaving this job to the professionals at Bavarian Rennsport.
  • The oil is completely drained out as you would not want any old or already contaminated oil circulating within your new rod bearings.
  • A typical oil change in this engine is about 5 quarts while changing rod bearings a massive amount of oil which would typically never leave the engine.
  • We make sure to fill the vehicle back up to the appropriate operating amount.
  • Once the oil pan has been removed the technician will have access to examine the faulty or worn connecting rods/bearings and any other components within.
  • At this time we also recommend replacing the Motor Mounts if they are worn, as it will save you time and labor in the long run.

What Happens If Engine Sounds Are Ignored?

Like all problems with your vehicle, if they go on ignored it can turn into a bigger problem. Engine rod knock can and will turn into a much, much larger problem if not taken care of. Engine or rod knock will eventually evolve into a clatter as the bearing surface erodes over time. When the bearing has been annihilated – which doesn’t take very long – the bearing will weld itself to the crankshaft and the connecting rod flops around the crankshaft. If the connecting rod binds or jams, it can break away from the crankshaft, known as a thrown rod. While revolving around the engine at high rates of speeds it could blow a hole through your engine block.

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Our FREE Inspection includes a visual inspection of brakes, suspension, tires, and fluids, and fault code scan.

If your vehicle has a known issue, a diagnostic is required. Please be advised that in the event of any unexpected wait time other clients’ vehicles may take longer than expected to diagnose and treat so unfortunate delays do occur. We will get to your vehicle as soon as possible.

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CONTACTLESS DROPOFF INSTRUCTIONS (MUST READ)

To dropoff for your appointment:

Pull up to the cones or park in a parking spot in the adjacent lot (white building).

After parking, place keys in blue dropbox.

What precautions are you taking during COVID-19 to ensure the health of our staff and customers?

✅ We keep a super clean shop, but we have kicked things up. We have completely disinfected our building with a hospital-grade disinfectant, which we are doing 3 times per day. We disinfect the surface area of every vehicle that we go in. We sterilize every piece of mail and received parts as each arrives. All of our staff are required to wear gloves and masks so please don’t be scared if you come to the shop. These measures are necessary to ensure we stay healthy for you and our families.

✅ We are now offering courtesy pick-up and drop-off services, excluding oil changes and FREE Inspections. Charges apply over 25 miles ($1.50 per mile).

✅ You must have an appointment. When you arrive for your appointment, pull up to the cones or park in a parking spot in the adjacent lot (white building). After parking, place keys in the blue dropbox.

✅ All inspections, estimates, approvals, payments will all be handled digitally. No cash will be accepted at this time.

✅ Upon completion of work and time for pickup, we will call you to see if you want to pick up your car or if you would like to arrange a dropoff.

✅ When your vehicle is complete, we will call you to coordinate pickup at our shop or we can dropoff to you. If you are picking up, we will text you a code so you can retrieve your keys from a secure lockbox once you arrive on site.

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