7 Failures of Mini Vehicles
Did you know that German Car Specialist in Calgary, Alberta also repairs and services Mini Cooper vehicles? Although the manufacturer falls outside of our German-based specialty, we gladly accept vehicles from England. In fact, we confidently service all import vehicles! But these iconic British-made vehicles have their own unique set of automotive challenges. Our team wants to share the most common repairs we perform in our shop on Mini Coopers. If you own a Mini or are looking to purchase one (and you should, they are so much fun to drive!) you may want to keep this information in mind!
- Failed Electric Power Steering Pumps
- Clutch Failure
- Transmission Repair
- Rattling Timing Chains
- Water Pump & Thermostat Housing Leak
- Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Issues
- Damaged Front Radiator
Electric power steering pumps create a more stable driving experience by delivering maximum power to the steering wheel when the vehicle is stationary or parked. This reduces power output with increased speed. Prone to failure in Mini vehicles, the pump may need replacement at some point during the car’s lifespan.
Drivers of manual transmission vehicles know that clutch failure may be inevitable with hard use.
Some manufacturers don’t recommend transmission fluid changes, which can be a big problem for automatic transmissions and their long-term health. Mini vehicles are no exception to this. Early failure can occur without proper maintenance.
Mini Cooper owners may be familiar with a loud rattling noise that is best heard while the car is idling. This is likely the result of a loose timing chain -- a comparatively serious issue that could lead to major damage. If you hear rattling, visit a professional for repairs as soon as possible!
A Mini Cooper with over 50,000 miles could develop a leak in the water pump and thermostat housing. We recommend replacing these components before that happens! It could save you a ton in labor and repair costs!
Mini vehicles are prone to performance issues related to the variable valve timing when the oil is not changed frequently enough. This system relies on good oil flow to operate properly. Sludge and build-up impact its performance. A motor oil with detergents can reverse effects.
In Mini Coopers, the front radiator support is made from plastic. It doesn’t take much to damage this support and impact could cause damage to the radiator, fan, and condenser. It’s a good reason to be extra careful when parking your Mini.
Don’t let these common Mini Cooper repairs scare you! All vehicles have their own unique needs and the exciting benefits of driving these vehicles strongly outweigh these potential costs! Should you ever need repairs, you know that German Car Specialist in Calgary, Alberta can help!