Quick Reference Data

Overall length      
Mini Clubman
Saloon                10 ft 4.6 in (3160 mm)
Estate                11 ft 2 in (3400 mm)
Mini 1275 GT          10 ft 4.65 in (3160 mm)
Overall width       
Others                4 ft 7.5 in (1410 mm)
Overall height
Saloon                4 ft 5 in (1350 mm)
Estate & Pick-up      4 ft 5.5 in (1360 mm)
Van                   4 ft 6.5 in (1380 mm)
Ground clearance
Mini 1275 GT          6 in (152.4 mm)
Others                6.15 in (156.3 mm)
Saloon                6 ft 8.15 in (2036 mm)
Estate, Van & Pick-up 7 ft 0.15 in (2138 mm)


Engine/transmission unit, inc.  Filter:
with manual gearbox, refill             8 1/2 pints (4.83 litres)
with automatic transmission, refill     9 pints (5 litres)
total                                   13 pints (7.38 litres)
Cooling system:
with heater                             6 1/4 pints (3.55 litres)
without heater                          5 1/4 pints (3 litres)
Saloon                                  5 1/2 galls (25 litres)
Estate, Van & Pick-up                   6 galls (27.3 litres)
1275 GT                                 5 1/2 galls (25 litres)
Up to 1974
1974 on                                 7 1/2 galls (34 litres)


All, inlet and exhaust 0.012 in (0.30 mm), cold

For specified lubricants see Service data

Spark plugs
Make/type                              Champion N9Y*
Electrode gap                          0.025 in (0.65 mm)

*N5 plugs can be used in pre '72 850/1000 manual models, and
pre '74 automatic models
Firing order                           1 - 3 - 4 - 2
Cylinder numbering       From front (radiator end of engine)
Distributor rotor rotation             Anti-clockwise
Contact breaker gap                    0.014 - 0.016 in (0.35 - 0.40mm)
Dwell angle
DM2 & 25D4 Distributors                60'      3'
43D4 & 45D4 Distributors               51'      5'

For ignition timing details see Tune-Up data

For tyre pressures see Front Suspension data

Pass the MoT

Once a year the MoT test falls due for the vehicle three years
old or more (UK only).  The test fee paid to the garage covers
the cost of carrying out the inspection whether the car passes
the test or falls, so it makes sense to ensure that you got
maximum value out of the inspection by carrying out your own
pre-test check beforehand.  This way you can save yourself a
failure certificate by putting right any likely reasons for
failure.  Bear in mind that an official tester will more than
likely follow a different criterion when examining the same
component as the DIY owner, but just being aware of the checks
that the tester will make could avoid the DIY owner a needless
failure certificate, perhaps for example, because a simple
item like a brake warning lamp is not working or the wind-
screen washers are out of action.  All the items that come
under the testers scrutiny are included in this repair manual
in one way or another although obviously not compiled specifi-
cally for passing the test.  However, if you go through the
check list below and turn to the appropriate page number(s)
referred to, you will have the information required to either
check or service the appropriate components.

All lights must be working (including headlamp main beam and
dip) and visible from a reasonable distance.  Lamp lenses must
not be damaged or missing.  Indicators must flash at the
correct rate - between one and two flashes a second and dash
warning lamp(s) must be functioning.  Headlamps must be cor-
rectly aligned.

Check for excessive play in all steering components and secur-
ity of nuts, bolts and retaining devices.  Check for unnatural
stiffness in steering operation.  Check rack gaiter for secur-
ity and condition.

Check for roughness, excessive play or insufficient clearance
in wheel bearings.

Check all suspension joints (especially pivot points), bushes
and bearings. Check condition of all shock absorbers. Check
for deterioration of the bonding between metal and flexible
material of support bearings.  Check condition of coil springs
- incomplete or fractured.  Check condition of displacer units
(Hydrolastic) and interconnecting pipes.

Check for excessive play in brake pedal and handbrake oper-
ation.  Check for brakes pulling to one side.  Check security
and condition of all brake lines and flexible hoses.  Check
that servo (where fitted) is functioning.  The testing station
will use a 'roller brake tester' to test the braking effi-
ciency of each wheel.

Check condition of tyres - tread, wall, pressures.  Check tyre
'mix' - radial tyres to rear and crossplies to front.  Check
road wheels for damage or distortion.

Check condition and security of all seat belts, including
mountings (see CORROSION also).

Windscreen washers and wipers should be working efficiently.
Check that exhaust system is intact and not emitting noise
above normal.

Check for damage or corrosion n or n vehicle likely to render
it unsafe.

NOTE.- The above check list is only a guide so that the keen
DIY car owner can check his Mini before having an MoT inspec-
tion carried out.  Although it is based on the official MoT
check list at the time of publication it is only a guide and
should be treated as such.