Mini Cooper Maintenance & Repair

Mini Cooper Repair to Keep Your Mini on the Road

If you own a Mini Cooper, we get it. Minis are affordable, fun to drive, get great gas mileage, and retain a high resale value. Not to mention that they make quite a personality statement about their owners. As the experts in British American Cars, we are experts at Mini Cooper repairs and maintenance. Our technicians are knowledgeable, certified, experienced, and can keep your mini running smoothly.

Mini’s are high-performance vehicles designed to last a long time with regular maintenance. As with all vehicles, Mini’s have a few quirks. Here are some ways to prevent a quirk from turning into a larger issue.

While all vehicles have quirks, not all are as fun as a Mini. Keep your vehicle safe and reliable by adhering to a regular maintenance schedule. To learn more about BA Auto Care and how we can keep your Mini on the road for years to come, give us a call.

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Common Mini Cooper Problems

  • They can burn/use oil. While all cars use oil, Minis tend to use a little more than average. Make sure to check the oil every 2000 miles and top up if it is low. Sadly, we have seen our fair share of Minis that have run out of oil and the engine has seized up. If you are not sure how to check the oil level, just stop by and we’ll be happy to teach you how.

  • Mini’s direct injection engine can suffer from carbon build up on the intake valves. Keeping your Mini on a regular maintenance schedule and using an additive can help keep this issue at bay.

  • Clogged sunroof drains cause water to leak into passenger’s side foot area, corroding the conjunction box control module. Having the sunroof drains cleared yearly or more frequently, especially if you park under trees, will keep the inside of your vehicle dry and this module working correctly.

  • Oil leaks are also common on Mini engines. While you are checking your oil level, have a look around the engine compartment for oil leaks. Most commonly, the leaks are seen coming from the valve cover and the oil filter housing. If you see oil, feel free to come by to have us check it out.

  • Due to their size, Mini’s don’t have a spare tire. Instead, they use a run flat tire which allows you to drive a short distance without causing damage to the wheel. These tires are slightly more expensive, but they sure do come in handy when you get an unfortunate nail in the tire.

Frequent Questions & Concerns

  • Are Mini Coopers Reliable?

    Mini Coopers range around average for the reliability ratings among most cars. However, the satisfaction of Mini Cooper owners is pretty high and for most the pros will outweigh the cons.

  • Are Mini Coopers Expensive to Maintain?

    As a European car brand, mini coopers can get a little pricey. However, regular preventative maintenance will normally help save you more expensive repairs down the line.

  • Can I Service My Mini by Myself?

    Some preventative measure such as checking fluid levels, potential oil leaks, and any sunroof water damage can help prevent further problems and be done at home. Complex repairs dealing with the transmission, engine, or electrical system is best left to a mechanic who specializes in minis or European cars.

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