The MINI may be a small car, but it goes hand in hand with the excellent performance that is expected of a brand of its caliber. The effort that the manufacturer has put into the engineering of the car does not, however, protect it from developing certain problems. Starting problems are some of the common problems that most MINI Cooper owners dread experiencing. Below is some more information on what causes these issues and what you can do to avoid them.
Causes of Starting Problems
The starting problems in a MINI can be brought on by a number of issues. Some of these issues include:
The battery of the MINI or any other car in general, is one of the most obvious culprits when the car refuses to start. When the charge on the battery runs low, the car will be unable to crank, and often unable to even power the lights and radio. Driving your car over short distances will also affect the battery life. This is because the battery does not get to charge fully during those short distances, causing the charge to run low. There are some MINI drivers who have reported that their cars stopped after a long time of not driving them especially during the cold weather. This is very likely to be linked to the battery being empty or low on charge.
Another obvious reason why your MINI could be refusing to start is because the tank could be empty. While it may sound unlikely, it is not uncommon for one to drive around and forget to refill their tank and what quickly follows is that the car will refuse to start.
This has also been identified as a possible cause of your MINI refusing to start. The ignition switch failure can be as a result of wear and tear in the ignition key cylinders after constant use every time you start the car.
Broken timing belt
This is the belt that prevents different valves from knocking into each other and bending or breaking. When the belt wears out and breaks, the effect is felt on the other engine parts. The broken belt will cause an instant loss of power and the car will come to a halt and will be unable to start once more.
While some of the reasons why the MINI might fail to start seem unlikely, it pays to consider each option when it happens to you. From common issues like dead batteries to more rare ones, there are a wide variety of reasons your MINI might not start.
How You Can Prevent Starting Problems
Since most of the causes of the starting problems in MINI can actually be prevented, the following are some ways in which you can ensure that your car remains in the best shape possible. These include:
- Driving your MINI for longer distances in order for the alternator to charge the battery and ensure that it has sufficient charge to power the car.
- Taking the car for regular servicing will also enable you to identify any problems in the battery that you would have otherwise missed. In addition to checking on the battery, you will also be able to keep track of other components such as the timing belt.
- Regularly fueling your car will ensure that you don’t end up stranded because then chances that you may forget to fill up are eliminated.
- Having light key chains can also help prevent the ignition from wearing at a different rate from the key. This will prevent the ignition from failing. In addition, using the correct key on the correct car will prevent the ignition and the steering wheel from locking and cause starting problems.
When Your Mini Fails to Start…
The next logical course of action is to get it to an auto specialist to help sort out the problem. Getting service from a reputable mechanic will enable you to get your car back on the road in good condition. For residents of Norwood, Westwood, Walpole, Sharon, Canton, Medfield, Nedham, Dover, and Boston, MA, Revolution Automotive Services have got you covered. Whether you need regular maintenance or your car is not starting, call or stop by today to speak with our expert service technicians.
* Mini Cooper S image credit goes to: Terroa.