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Keeping your Mini road worthy and fun to drive

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. Here at BA Auto Care, we are experts at servicing and repairing everything mini. Our technicians are knowledgeable, certified, experienced, and can keep your mini running smoothly.

Mini ‘s are affordable, 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.

  1. 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 a 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 a slightly more expensive but sure do come in handy when you get an unfortunate nail in the tire.

While all vehicles have quirks, not all are as fun as a Mini. Keep your vehicle safe and reliable by keeping 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.

Mini Cooper Blog

by Brian England on March 18, 2021

If you own a European car like a BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes, Land Rover, Mini or Jaguar you need an auto repair shop that has specialized in these cars for decades. At BA Auto our attention to detail and high-quality service has brought in European car owners looking for an alternative to dealership repair shops.

by Brian England on September 30, 2019

Unless you’re are a certified automotive technician, the era of servicing and making repairs to your car on your own are over. Today’s vehicles are just too complex for DIYing.

by Brian England on March 29, 2017

Based on the above definition, #2 to be exact, there is no doubt that we are experiencing an epidemic. Over the past year, we have seen dozens of Mini Coopers coming into our facility with a very low oil level. This is serious because it can dramatically reduce the life of a Mini Cooper engine!

by Brian England on February 25, 2016

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

by Brian England on September 29, 2015

Over the past few years we have written many blog posts on the MINI Cooper.  If you are familiar with our auto repair center, you may know that when we first opened our auto shop back in 1978, we focused on servicing British and American cars — hence the name, British American Auto Care.

by Brian England on March 5, 2015

We see quite a few Mini Coopers with direct injection engines that have carbon build-up on the intake valves. While direct injection engines do offer enhanced fuel performance and cleaner emissions, these engines are more likely to have an issue with carbon build up on the intake valves.

by Brian England on August 26, 2014

“Every time I bring my Mini Cooper in you say it is low on oil, why?”

by Brian England on May 13, 2014

It’s not uncommon for Mini owners to experience problems related to coolant leaks. Some of the older Mini Coopers experience radiator and thermostat housing leaks, but the most common issue is with the water pump. In fact, some Mini Cooper water pumps have failed on vehicles with under 10,000 miles!