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Maxi Noise From a MINI

Brian England, Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Are Noises coming from your MINI Cooper engine compartment keeping you up at night with dreams of another “sticker shock” repair?

MINI Coopers have a history of a horrible rattling noise coming from the engine compartment. In many cases it’s related to the disintegration of the timing chain mechanism. The repair requires replacing many of the timing chain mechanism parts, and the price can come to well over a $1000! But the good news is, sometimes it may not be as bad as it sounds.


In the photo above, Stephen, one of the BA Auto Care technicians, is holding up the timing chain tensioner that failed on this particular MINI Cooper. Fortunately, this part can be replaced without replacing all the other timing chain parts. Careful diagnosis and an inspect of the timing chain system is essential in getting to the most cost efficient, quality repair.

If you are hearing noises coming from your engine, don’t jump to conclusions. Take your car to a trusted, experienced MINI Cooper repair shop, and save the worrying for after the diagnosis – it may be totally unnecessary.

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About Brian England


Brian England, the current president of BA Auto Care (formerly British American Auto Care) got his start with an auto apprenticeship in a small town in the northwest of London. He came to the U.S. in 1972 to work for a Land Rover dealer in Rockville, MD, and a few years later, started British American Auto Care with his wife, Jennifer. A big believer in preventive auto maintenance, Brian's philosophy is to encourage and educate drivers on the benefits of adhering to a regular maintenance plan.