The Mini Cooper is a part of pop culture. Its distinctive design makes it highly recognizable. It is dependable and fun to drive. However, as with every other vehicle on the road, it can experience component failures. Mini Coopers are notorious for timing chain failure, but the issue does not affect every model.
If you own a Mini Cooper, you could face timing chain failure. The issue affects Mini Coopers manufactured between 2007 and 2010 that have the Prince engine. Fortunately, if you own one with the Prince engine, you can help to prevent the problem from happening.
When the timing chain begins to fail, it often creates a rattling noise. This noise is often noticeable when idling, driving slowly, or in cold temperatures. If you are experiencing the dreaded rattling noise, it is very important you have it looked at immediately. You do not want the timing chain to break and permanently damage the engine.
The timing chain is a vital component that turns the cam and crankshaft. When it begins to fail, the components will not work together properly. Your Mini Cooper must have the chain to operate. When it begins to fail, you may experience some obvious symptoms.
If you hear a rattling noise in your Mini Cooper, have it inspected right away. Any type of rattle is an indication that something is loose. You will want to get it fixed before it breaks.
Timing chain failure can be prevented or delayed. With proper maintenance and lubrication, the life of the chain can often be extended. Keeping current on your oil changes will also help prevent timing chain failure. If you have a Mini Cooper with a Prince engine, we recommend that you have your oil changed every 6 months or 5,000 miles.
Staying current on oil changes can help to prevent failure. However, there is still a possibility you will experience the dreaded “death rattle.” If you hear a rattling, have it diagnosed and repaired right away.
If you are hearing the death rattle or are experiencing other symptoms of timing chain failure, come see our experts at Masters European and Japanese Auto Repair. Our technicians will perform a thorough inspection and determine if your timing chain needs to be replaced.
At Masters European and Japanese Auto Repair, we proudly service drivers in the Corte Madera, Larkspur, Sausalito, Tiburon, and Mill Valley, CA areas. Call us today on (415) 383-2382, to schedule your appointment or stop by and see us at 111 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.