Identifying Starting Issues in Your Mini Cooper
19 Apr, 22
The Mini Cooper is a unique vehicle built to be reliable, enjoyable, and recognizable on the roads. When they begin to show signs of trouble starting, owners want to know why and how to quickly fix the problem to get them back on the busy Santa Barbara roads. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons for starting issues and how to properly deal with repairs.
Low or No Battery Charge
The battery could have a low charge or none at all. If this is the case, it would be difficult to have the engine function properly. A battery test can be conducted to know the charge of the battery, as the safe charge is 12V.
If the battery is low, the car can be jump-started. When this occurs successfully, the battery charges back to optimum to run your engine in its current state. As long as you don’t turn the engine off, you can drive to our shop for an inspection and a new battery placement, if necessary.
Corrosion on the Battery Terminals
Over time, the battery terminals could be covered with dirt or corrosion. This will prevent the battery from having proper contact with the terminals. When this occurs, the engine will have starting issues. This can be resolved by removing the dirt and cleaning the terminals. The corrosion can be removed and the terminals placed back on the battery to observe if your Mini engine will start properly.
Low Battery in Your Key Fob
Modern Mini Cooper are designed with a push to start button, and you may also be able to start your engine with the key fob. When there is a low battery in the key fob, it may fail to start the engine on demand. If this happens, the easiest fix is to check your owner’s manual to know which battery is used in your fob and replace it. If you are unsure or would like our experts to inspect your battery and key fob to ensure there’s nothing more at play, stop by for our assistance.
A Broken Starter
The starter is required to start your Mini Cooper’s engine. It has a life span and can break down early due to frequent usage. When the starter breaks down, the engine will not start, and this requires an expert to repair the problem.
The 12-volt battery is involved with starting the engine, running your headlights, and your radio. The alternator, however, uses electrical current produced by the engine to constantly recharge the battery while the car is running. When the alternator fails, the battery will receive not additional charge. When its 12 volts are used up, there is nothing to recharge it. The alternator will need to be replaced by our professional Mini engine experts.
Dirty Fuel Filter
When there is dirt covering the fuel filter, it will block the easy flow of fuel to the engine. This can lead to starting issues. Without clean fuel, your engine cannot perform as designed by Mini engineers. While it may start, the engine performance will drop significantly.
Failing Fuel Pump
A defective fuel pump can also cause starting issues in your Mini Cooper. The fuel pump provides fuel for the engine. When this engine part goes bad or is failing, it means the engine will lack the precise fuel needed for effective performance.
As small as the fuse component looks, it can make the entire vehicle come to a standstill. This component can make the vehicle have starting issues. Drivers are advised to seek certified repairers to carry out auto inspections. During the auto inspection session, the fuse, and other components will be checked for proper functioning.
Santa Barbara Autowerks: MINI Cooper Experts at your Service
Expert mechanics can use the onboard diagnostic computer in your Mini Cooper to detect the exact cause of your issues. We offer affordable Mini Cooper repairs and maintenance to all our neighbors in and around Santa Barbara CA. Our mechanics will provide the best service in the area, and your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Call us to schedule an appointment with us or to speak with one of our friendly staff members.