MINI Services and Repairs
MINI, retro styling combined with German engineering and the newest technology produces an agile, squared cornered sports car that is fun to drive. The Cooper, the supercharged or turbocharged Cooper S, Convertible, the bigger Clubman, some with factory add on performance packages makes the MINI a fast, unique small vehicle that a MINI enthusiast will enjoy.
Loud Squealing and/or Grinding Noise with Lack of Power
The most common culprit for squealing and grinding noises in these vehicles is the harmonic balancer failing and coming apart. The squealing and grinding is a result of the outer ring slipping on the inner ring of the balancer. If driven this way can also lead to the outer ring of the balancer grinding into the lower timing chain housing causing more damage.
Rough Running, Loud Rattle at Start Up
Often times, the timing chain tensioner is “not extending” far enough (according to MINI) to maintain tension on the timing chain. The correct repair is to replace the timing chain with guide rails and tensioner. While not a trivial repair, if left and not repaired in time the timing chain can jump timing allowing the valves to collide with the pistons causing extensive engine damage. USP Euro Car Care can service your MINI before such a catastrophic event occurs.
Inside Door Handle Not Working
The inside door release handle cable becomes dislodged from the latch housing due to its design. This can be repaired by putting a piece of friction tape on the cable and placing it back into the latch housing.
Rough Running, Check Engine Light
One common problem with these engines is a “carbon sludge buildup” on the intake valves. Restricting airflow into the cylinders causing a rough running and misfiring of the affected cylinders. Proper fix is to remove the intake manifold and use a walnut shell blaster to remove the buildup without damaging the valves. USP Euro Car Care has the specialized tools to quickly perform this repair important repair.
Slow Coolant Leak on All MINI Coopers
The plastic thermostat housing on the engine warps over time, causing a continues but slow coolant leak. The appropriate repair is the replacement of the housing and thermostat. Be careful, there are a lot of aftermarket knockoff thermostat housings available, and we have seen many cases of other shops using cheap housings which leads to customers coming to us for a coolant leak from their “newly” replaced housings.
MINI Cooper Service and Repairs
When it comes to MINI Cooper service, we have you covered. Our knowledgeable staff and fully equipped shop will provide you with the most comfortable MINI Cooper experience you can have. We will take care of your MINI Cooper as if it was our own. Our service includes anything from routine maintenance to complete and accurate mechanical and diagnostic repairs.
Here are Some Common Factory Maintenance Service Intervals and Repairs Always speak to USP Euro Car Care Service Advisor to determine which apply to your vehicle based on age, time and mileage or concerns:
Oil and Filter Change
Air and Cabin Filter Replacement
Fuel Filter Replacement (if applicable to your model)
Transmission Services for Automatic and DSG Services and
Manual Transmission Clutch Replacement
Differential Service ((if applicable to your model)
Brake Fluid Flush
Timing Belt or Chain Replacements
AC Service & Replacement
Battery, Alternator & Starter Check
CV Axle / Shaft Assembly Replacement
Brake Pad Replacement
Engine or Transmission Mount Replacement
Strut Assembly Replacement
Wheel Bearings Replacement
Fuel Pump Replacement
Ball Joint Replacement
Radiator, Water Pump, Thermostat & Hoses Replacement
Oxygen Sensor Replacement
Serpentine/Drive Belt Replacement
Ignition Coils & Spark Plugs Replacement
Throttle Body Replacement
Tires, Mount and Balancing
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