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How To Avoid Transmission Problems

Brian England, Mon, Aug 23, 2021

Under the Mini Hood

Most problems with the automatic transmission result because Mini manufacturers say that their transmissions do not need fluid changes. This is not accurate. If you do not change the transmission fluid regularly, it will cause it to fail early. Changing the transmission fluid every 30,000 to 40,000 miles will save thousands of dollars in repairs. The CVT transmissions installed before 2008 should have regular oil changes. The 5 speed automatic transmissions used on most Minis are much more reliable. If the transmission warning light shows a ! then it’s in limp mode, you can drive at a reduced speed to have the transmission checked. If there is a temperature symbol (thermometer) in the middle do not drive.

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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.