Mini Cooper – Electrical Problems and Timing Chain Faults

Long technical explanation follows...grab a cup of coffee.Let me first share that we do not post these things to embarrass anyone, nor do we take delight in the mistakes of others, we're not perfect, we've just learned when to ask for help. We rather share these tech tips so that others may learn, and hopefully avoid the same problem.Now, back to the Mini.Car presented with a no-start condition. Engine would crank over, but no start and run. Acted much like a theft deterrent system was shutting down the car, what Mini calls the "CAS" or Car Access System. Nearly every [...]

By | February 14th, 2013|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mini Cooper – Electrical Problems and Timing Chain Faults

BMW Oil Level Sensor – False Readings – Malfunction

BMW Tech Note - Oil Level Warning light on, oil level ok. Just saw this again today on a customer's BMW E60 (530Xi). If you have an Oil Level Warning light on, and the the engine oil level is correct, it's likely a fault with the level monitoring system. If the level is correct, do NOT add additional oil, this can damage the engine, an over-full engine oil level is just bad as an under-full one. We have a simple protocol to diagnose this with BMW ISTA computer, and then once confirmed, and have the parts in stock to take [...]

By | February 13th, 2013|Case Studies|Comments Off on BMW Oil Level Sensor – False Readings – Malfunction

Saab Oil Sludge Issues – Prevention and Cure

Not what you want to see inside your car's engine. This sludge is usually the sign of infrequent oil changes, or oil changes with the incorrect type of oil - all Saabs 1999 and newer should be on fully synthetic engine oil. We recommend oil change intervals to be no more than 5,000 miles on these cars, the original Saab interval of 10,000 clearly was not working. What's the prognosis for a car like this? With proper oil services, and use of a good quality oil, there should be plenty of life left in the engine. Attempts to remove the sludge [...]

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Mini Cooper – Power Steering Rack Failure – Damaged By Incorrect Fluid

Here's a sad Mini Cooper, well loved but with a big problem. A previous servicing shop had recently replaced the power steering pump, and apparently used the incorrect, read wrong, fluid in the steering system. The car came to us with very swollen and distended power steering rack boots, the rubber protective boots used to seal the end of the steering rack. Seems the fluid used was incompatible with the Mini steering system, and softened up the rubber seals, allowing fluid to leak out in the rubber boots, which were also damaged by the fluid. Note the fluid leaking from [...]

By | February 4th, 2013|Case Studies|Comments Off on Mini Cooper – Power Steering Rack Failure – Damaged By Incorrect Fluid