MINI Services and Repairs

 Service and Repair of MINI Vehicles | USP Euro Car Care

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 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

Coolant 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

Alignment

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