MINI Cooper Timing Chain Repair
Timing chains and belts are an integral part of your engine that helps keep your motor running smoothly. Simply, timing belts and chains connect your MINI's crankshaft to the camshaft so the valves of your engine open and close at the correct intervals for efficient motor operation. If your timing chain fails, your engine can easily experience catastrophic damage.
This is exactly the problem with almost half a million MINIs produced between 2007 and 2011. The real problem created by a failed timing chain is that your tensioner will also fail. A tensioner keeps the proper amount of tension on your timing chain. When your tensioner fails, the metal timing chain inside your engine can become loose and break apart inside your motor.
Warranties, Recalls and You
BMW, the parent company of MINI, has not issued a recall of the affected models of MINI Coopers. This means that you will likely have to face the costs of repairing a failed MINI timing chain or tensioner without the assistance of BMW.
However, you may find some relief if the damage occurs within MINI's 50,000 mile warranty period. If the damage occurs while your MINI is under warranty, you may be entitled to compensation by BMW.
Prevention is Essential
Because of the lack of support given to MINI owners by BMW, it is imperative that MINI owners are proactive in protecting their vehicles from undue wear and tear with regular maintenance. One of the most important steps that a MINI owner can take towards preventing timing chain failure is to change your oil at regular intervals.
While MINI recommends changing your oil every 15,000 miles, our mechanics suggest more frequent oil changes between every 3,000 and 7,000 miles. Changing your oil is a vital measure that helps your car stay running. Specifically, the timing chain inside your engine requires oil to stay lubricated and to operate smoothly. Without adequate oil levels, your timing chain will fail.
Signs of a Broken Timing Chain
If you notice any of the following symptoms of a broken timing chain, bring your vehicles in for MINI Cooper timing chain repair in Brooklyn at Bay Diagnostic.
Rattling noise while starting your vehicle. Clanging noises while the engine idles. Noises will stop when your engine reaches 1,800 RPM. Noises will be easier to notice in colder weather.