This blog, in addition to the usual maintenance details for classic mini cars, an attempt is made to explain the "whys" and "wherefores" of the various jobs.

Sunday, 18 October 2009


Effective lubrication can be summed-up as the use of the right kind of lubricant, in the right quantity, in the right place and at the right time. Armed with the diagram on page 19, or, better still, a large-scale Castrol wall-chart , even the novice would find it difficult to go far wrong. There are, however, a number of "whys" and "wherefores" which are worth explaining in a little more detail and some practical tips which will enable certain jobs to be carried out more effectively and may forestall trouble at some future date more especially in view of the unorthodox construction of the Minis.

The equipment which will be required when lubrication is to be carried out in the home garage has already been described. We can begin, therefore, with the all-important subject of lubricating the combined engine and transmission unit.