Car maintenance and repair are frustrating but inevitable aspects of owning a vehicle. Every car will eventually need some repair work done. Of course, basic maintenance like regular oil changes, fluid replacement, and tire rotation are good ways to help avoid more costly repairs. If you’re the proud owner of a Mini Cooper, you, too, will be faced with the need to get your car fixed. Although there are a few common problems with most Mini Cooper models, The Haus is your go-to place for help with any/all Mini Cooper issues.
MINI Cooper Part Replacement
Car part replacement is a common issue with many Minis. Of course, some part replacements like the air filter or oil filter, is part of routine maintenance with any vehicle. In addition, the Minis tend to have certain parts that regularly need to be swapped out. For instance, the clutch in many models of Mini tends to fail earlier than expected, especially with hard use. If you have been battling it out in stop-and-go L.A. traffic, clutch failure could be on the horizon. Other common problem parts include the window regulator, timing chains, front radiator support, and the electric power steering pump.
MINI Cooper Overheating with Limited Steering
Another common problem you may encounter with your Mini Cooper is that it might overheat and cause limited steering. If this sounds a little scary, that’s because it is. When the Mini overheats, it’s not uncommon for steering to get heavy, meaning you have to work a lot harder to turn your car. This often happens because of failure in the cooling fan assembly or the power steering pump causes a fuse to blow. If you notice that the gauge on your dash indicates engine temp is going way up or it becomes harder to steer, pull over immediately.
MINI Cooper’s Harmonic Balancer Going Out
When the harmonic balancer goes out in a Mini, it makes it hard to operate the vehicle at low speeds. Things like backing out of driveway or parking your car become impossible. The harmonic balancer is responsible for keeping the Mini’s engine connected to other important parts, like the alternator. This is another repair issue that requires immediate attention.
MINI Cooper Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Performance Problems
Variable valve timing, or VVT, is related to performance, fuel economy, and emissions. When things start to go awry with the VVT, it is often caused by a buildup of engine sludge. That means that the best way to prevent these issues is to change your oil regularly. If you want to be extra careful, you may consider changing your oil after as little as a few thousand miles.
MINI Cooper Leaks in the Water Pump & Thermostat Housing
Leaks in the water pump and thermostat housing are common issues in Mini Coopers, especially those that have over 50,000 miles. If your Mini is getting on in years, talk to the mechanics at Haus about replacing the water pump and thermostat housing. Catching them before a leak develops can prevent future repairs.
Don’t let these common, fixable problems deter you from enjoying your Mini Cooper and driving it on a regular basis. All vehicles have their particular nuances and certain parts that tend to fail or malfunction. The Mini Cooper is no different. The good news is, the Haus has your back. Staying on top of regular maintenance and tending to repairs quickly can help prevent more expensive repairs in the future as well as unsafe driving conditions. Come meet the Mini Cooper certified mechanics at the Haus that will help keep your vehicle in proper working order.