Mini’s are known for their economy and sporty engineering, but one of the most common issues they face is a starting failure. There can be many reasons why your Mini won’t start, and your first step in dealing with starting failure in your Mini is determining the underlying cause.
Common Causes of Starter Failure
- Low gas: Sometimes the most complicated problems have the simplest fixes. Sure you may feel pretty silly if your car problems are due to low fuel, but it may be the cheapest fix. If there is not enough gas in your tank and your fuel gauge is malfunctioning, then you may experience starting failure. Obviously if your gauge is not working properly, you may not be able to tell when your gas is getting low so it is always a good idea to check on your gas levels first if you’re having starting trouble with your Mini. Generally, it is a good idea to start from the simplest answer to your problem when it comes to car issues.
- Battery Failure: A dead or malfunctioning battery may be the cause of your starting problems. Whether your battery is old, the wiring is faulty, or the terminals are corroded, your car will not be able to start without a working battery. If you’re experiencing battery issues that cause starting failure, you will want to get the alternator checked as well. The alternator powers your battery while your engine is working.
- Faulty Ignition Switch: Sometimes the source of the starting failure begins with the ignition switch. A working ignition switch will send a signal to your car’s computer that your key is inserted or the fob is nearby and it’s time to start the engine. If your car is on the older side, it may be more likely that it is suffering an ignition switch failure. Over the years, the daily inserting and pulling out of a car key can wear down the internal mechanisms of your ignition switch and make them much more susceptible to failing.
- Starter Problems: A faulty starter is a separate issue from a failure due to a dead battery. If your starter motor has failed, you might notice a clicking sound along with the sputtering when you try to start the engine. If your starter has failed, you will want to bring your car in to a certified mechanic as soon as possible so we can immediately replace the parts you need and get you back on the road as soon as possible.
- Dirty Fuel Filters: Your car’s engine is pretty powerful, but it is a delicate piece of machinery, and its parts have to be maintained and kept clean. Your engine requires a precise amount of fuel for the combustion and ignition Your car’s fuel system is pretty big and has a lot of parts that rely on one another in order to keep the whole show on the road. In order for your fuel system to operate properly, your fuel filters have to keep contaminants out of your fuel. If your fuel filters are clogged or dirty your whole fuel system may have trouble operating and cause your car to fail to start.
Bavarian Auto to Repair Starter Failures
Following your Mini’s maintenance schedule will ensure that any potential issues are caught early on and faulty parts are replaced before they become a problem. Keeping your machine up to date with maintenance and repairs can save you major headaches down the road and give you insight on what to look out for. You should also get any areas of concern or car problems looked at by a professional as soon as you notice them. A few days may not seem like a big deal to wait, but going in earlier can end up saving you time and money.
Of course, the best thing you can do for your car is find a certified Mini professional you trust to take care of your car. If you’re in the Ooltewah, Hixson or Chattanooga areas in Tennessee, Bavarian Auto is here for you! We specialize in servicing German vehicles and providing high quality maintenance programs and repairs. Give us a call today!