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Is Your Car a Victim of the MINI Cooper Low Oil Level Epidemic?

by Brian England on Wed, Mar 29, 2017

ep·i·dem·ic
epəˈdemik/
noun
1.  a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.
2. an outbreak or product of sudden rapid spread, growth, or development

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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!

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Topics: Mini Cooper, low oil level, carbon build up, fuel pump failure, oil level check, oil consumption test

Car Won't Shift into 1st Gear? You May Not Need a New Clutch.

by Brian England on Mon, Jun 20, 2016


Sometimes knowing a little can get you into big trouble. We have all done it. We start what seems like a small job, like plumbing, and have it turn out to be a major issue --the kind of problem that makes you wish you had called the plumber in the first place.

Not long ago, I received a plea for help from an owner of a Mini Cooper via a comment on the BA Auto Care blog. The Mini owner was having an issue with 1st gear. He would select 1st gear, release the clutch, and nothing would happen. He got advice from two friends who were mechanics, talked to a local dealership technician, and did some online research -- lots of advice from lots of resources.

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Topics: Mini Cooper, do-it-yourself, clutch

Maxi Noise From a MINI

by Brian England on Thu, Feb 25, 2016

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

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Topics: Mini Cooper, car noises, timing chain, timing chain tensioner, engine, engine noises

Top 10 Things MINI Cooper Owners Should Know

by Brian England on Tue, Sep 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.  Since that time we've expanded to cover most vehicles on the road today, but we still hold a special spot in our hearts for the cars with British origins like the MINI. 

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Topics: Mini, preventive maintenance, car repairs, Mini Cooper

5 Q&A's: Intake Valve Carbon Build-up, Direct Injection & Mini Coopers

by Brian England on Thu, Mar 05, 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.

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Topics: mini auto repair, intake valves, direct fuel injection, Mini Cooper, clogged intake manifold, carbon build up

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