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The Mini is considered a British icon of design. Its space-saving front-wheel drive layout – allowing 80 per cent of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage – influenced generations of car makers. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T.  The car has been in production for over 55 years.

 

The Mini marque has been produced by BMW in Cowley, England since about 2000.

Mini Cooper Services:

  • Full Mini Cooper Diagnostic Service
  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Engine and Transmission Rebuild and Replacement
  • Air Conditioning and Climate Control
  • Electrical
  • Suspension Systems
  • Performance Upgrades
  • Full and Partial Classic Mini Cooper Restoration
  • Mini Cooper Factory Scheduled Service and Maintenance

 

COMMON REPAIRS ON MINI COOPERS

 

Mini Coopers can be great fun to drive, but sometimes problems do crop up.  This covers the most common problems we run across in servicing Mini Coopers.

 

1. FAILED ELECTRICAL POWER STEERING PUMPS

Electric power steering pumps can be prone to failure.  If your power steering pump has to be replaced it is a good idea to check out the cooling fan and other related parts while the vehicle is being services, as access is a considerable cost in these small engine bays.

Mini does have and extended warranty on this and we can check to see if you should get a free replacement from Mini on this.

 

2. TRANSMISSION ISSUES - FLUID REPLACEMENT

Problems with the automatic transmission come down to the manufacturers saying that their transmissions do not need fluid changes.  This is a big problem because not changing the transmission fluid will cause it to fail early. Changing the transmission fluid every 30,000 to 40,000 miles will save thousands of dollars in repairs. The CVT transmissions installed before 2008 should have regular oil changes; however the 5 speed automatic transmissions used on most Minis are much more reliable.

 

3.  RATTLING TIMING CHAINS

Timing chains can start rattling.  This problem can be worse when the engine is idling.  This is a fairly major repair, but do not ignore it or you could end up with some major problems. It seems like this issue is also related to not changing the transmission oil/fluid often enough.

 

4. WATER PUMP AND THERMOSTAT LEAKS

If your Mini Cooper has over 50,000 miles you should consider replacing the water pump and thermostat.  This can save hours of labor if you replace them before finding a leak.

 

5. VARIABLE VALVE TIMING ISSUES

Performance issue can come up when the oil is not changed enough. The VVT requires a good flow of oil to operate the system.  When the oil is not changed, sludge builds up and blocks the tiny passages.

 

6. MINI RADIATOR SUPPORTS

We suggest changing the oil to allow the detergent in the oil clean the oily supply passages.  To prevent the problem, change the oil as soon as it gets dirty, even if it's after a couple of thousand miles. If the passages are not blocked completely this might solve the problem.

 

7 DAMAGED RADIATOR SUPPORTS

The front radiator support is made of plastic and it supports the radiator, fan, and condenser. It sits very low, and it doesn't take much to damage the support. Just a moderate impact on a high curb can cause a lot of damage. The lower coolant hose sits even lower and if this is hit it can also cause a lot of damage, so be sure to take care when parking your car.

 

8. CLUTCH FAILURE

Early clutch failures seem to be related mainly to hard use.

 

GOOD NEWS

Mini Coopers aren't the most expensive cars to purchase new, and with regular maintenance, depending on the type of driving you do, the cars are designed to last a long time. Mini Cooper maintenance costs are in line with other performance cars.

 

 

 

Send us an email with any questions about your Mini

(415) 457-1707

 

142 Mill Street

San Rafael, CA 94901

 

Service for British Autos in Marin

and the Bay Area since 1960

 

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